It has been a while since we had an update about this campaign, and thanks to Michael of Canberra, we finally have an outcome for Kev’s Patch. I had admitted defeat in a previous post and mentioned that it was not a success.
How very wrong was I! Kev and Therese actually planted out a veggie patch at the Lodge, and to drive it home, they had chickens as well. See these articles titled “If there’s dirt under the PMs fingernails, it’s because he’s going for growth” and “Lismore ‘chook tractor’ for Rudd“. So cool, but I wonder what happened to the patch and the chooks when he and his family moved out of the Lodge last week. I hope he took the chooks with him and that someone is watering the patch ready for the next PM to arrive.
In fact, it makes me look at the bloke in a whole new way. Anyone who takes up growing their own food cannot be all that bad. What upsets me the most is that I didn’t have the chance to send him a congratulations letter in the post before he got ousted by our new Prime Minister.
All I can say is that small actions work. Many thanks to Darren and JulieG for working on the campaign with me and to everyone who wrote letters to the then Prime Minister. It obviously influenced him in some small way to follow the growing groundswell of home vegetable gardeners. Well done Kevin, Therese and kids. I just wished you had have promoted the fact a little bit more and started it at the height of your popularity. Other Australians just might have followed suit. Such a wasted opportunity.
Yay! Belated success, I guess. I think old Kev just got overwhelmed by all the things he wanted to accomplish, and lacked a key skill for leaders: delegation.
I was particularly disappointed to learn that in the week he got ousted, he’d called people from the ACF, Greenpeace, the WA Conservation Council and so on to visit him in Canberra. They were ready to meet when things blew up. I wonder what would have happened if he’d had a sit-down with the experts – perhaps they’d have given him good advice on how to salvage the ETS. I guess we’ll never know now.
Well, I seem to remember Julia Gillard is your local member – or am I wrong on this one?
Get writing to the lady, and make sure she looks after that patch!
Hey – you could always send her a chicken or two!
He didn’t take the chickens with him, apparently he even gave the dog and cat away. Someone called Gordon took the chooks, not Ramsay I hope.
Can’t see Julia gardening or looking after chooks somehow.
I heard that the family had left their animals with a friend, to look after, while the had their holiday.