“Why did they do this?” sobs Thérèse Rein in the Monthly’s cover story (‘A Coup by Any Other Name’, March). Rhys Muldoon’s only response to her, and the reader, is “because they could”. His very personal story of the downfall of his good mate Kevin Rudd has been overtaken by recent events, whereby senior ministers of Rudd’s Cabinet were free for the first time to explain why (an exercise described by Mark Latham as “group therapy”). Politics is a hard, even cruel, business. Perhaps Rudd and Muldoon should stick to children’s books.