"THE MOST EXCITING TIME IN OUR HISTORY"?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Turnbull is like the dog that caught the bus and now he hasn’t a clue what to do with it. Since he rolled Abbott, it’s been all downhill for the Libs. And now he is faced with what should be a horror budget just prior to a general election... HTF did THAT happen?
Abbott had it mostly right: First year a horror budget, second year a nothing budget and third year throw the goodies around prior to the election. That’s the way it’s always worked but this time an obstructionist Senate and half the Liberal Party itself wanted Abbott’s balls for breakfast. Eventually they got them.
This is no ode to Abbott... he was warned in February of last year that Credlin had to go. After the six months period he was given to fix the problem he had still not changed a damned thing in the PMO.
He was living on borrowed time, he should have known that loyalty and politics is a poor mix and those he was most loyal to dumped on him anyway.
The nicest thing you could say about Turnbull is that he remained in a state of torpor because he felt guilty operating on Abbott’s hard-won mandate. Turnbull feel guilty? Hardly! But some of his Cabinet appointments were bewildering, in particular the appointment of an inexperienced woman in Marise Payne to Defence.
Promotion by gender rather than talent always ends in tears. And Defence Chiefs seem more interested in changing genders for others at taxpayers’ expense than dealing with Syria and other hotspots.
This is the worst position the Conservatives have found themselves in in over 50 years. Bring down an election budget and the media will tear it to bits... bring down a responsible budget and Labor will tear it to bits. A dickhead union thug like Shorten will suddenly be a chance.
That would never have happened under Abbott despite the self-interested Senate yobbos.
Conservatives are now looking to alternatives. They have been badly let down by Abbott who delegated leadership to an unelected Credlin, and now by Turnbull who has delegated everything to an ordinary bunch of ministers for fear he would lose his popularity. He lost it anyway. Comparison to Shorten is no guide as Pete Slipper would have polled well against Shorten.
Morrison is in the same predicament Hockey found himself: Bring down a tax reform budget using the GST, superannuation and/or negative gearing and risk a double dissolution because the Senate won’t pass any of it, or tinker with the debt and deficit and a gay marriage plebiscite and avoid a DD.
At least Hockey had the backing of Abbott. Morrison is on his own and at constant odds with Turnbull because any responsible budget suggestion erodes the PM's precious popularity poll.
Senator Lazarus’ suggestion that the DD trigger will be bargained with is a nonsense as all DDs have had a suite of triggers, as indeed this one has.
Turnbull is just another Rudd. He was popular when out of Office but as soon as he became leader or rolled and replaced the sitting PM we started to see the paper Turnbull.
Perhaps now we will have to go through the same thing all over again...
this time with Shorten.
Poor us... thank you for nothing Malcolm.