Julia Gillard: 'A line has been crossed about the respect for Parliament and that has given me sufficient concern.'

Is Julia Gillard still the best leader for Labor? Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Julia Gillard should consider falling on her sword for the good of the Labor Party, because she can no longer present an even slightly credible face at the election.

Her spectacular U-turn on everything she'd said before on Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper has left her looking nakedly expedient, and further exposed the state of crisis within the government.

Gillard can no longer present an even slightly credible face at the election. 

If Labor had any functioning party elders, they would be advising Gillard to consider the good of the party and relinquish the leadership gracefully.

That would lead Labor down another fraught path, but it could hardly be worse off than now.

Michelle Grattan answered readers' questions on the Labor leadership in a live chat today. See the posts below.