Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has more in common with our own Prime Mentalist than Guido realised. His foul temper reduced a 23 year-old RAAF flight attendant to tears when he exploded because she was unable to serve him the in-flight meal he wanted. No Nokias were harmed during the incident.
What is interesting about this story from a UK perspective is how the Aussie PM’s spin-doctors responded. Lachlan Harris, the PM’s press spokesman, initially tried to cover up the incident with a flat denial that it had even occurred. When irritated air force top brass contradicted him the rude Rudd gave an evasive half-truth of an apology to the press via Lachlan. Lachlan Harris is a protege of our very own Alastair Campbell, who was hired to advise on how to sharpen up Aussie Labor’s spin operation. Clearly Lachlan has learnt from the master of dodgy deceit.