ABBOTT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED
... but Turnbull's ego might mean he is
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.
A test of team-building talent will be a crucial task for a tenuous Turnbull Government. He must not make the mistake of a catty Gillard who stupidly exiled her foe, Kevin Rudd, to backbench oblivion where he regularly leaked on her.
Turnbull has already said that it is his intention to ignore Abbott but a change of mind could bring a change of heart to the Turnbull haters and a welcome rise in Coalition polls... seeing it is the polls alone that give rise to a reason for regularly knifing first-term PMs.
Tony Abbott may have many leadership flaws but, unlike Rudd, he has much to offer any Liberal team intent on a united front in a new election that may come sooner than expected.
If Turnbull’s refusal to enlist Abbott in the fight back to a third term is maintained then he should remember that old political truism: "Disunity is Death". And the Liberal Party is certain to remain disunited if Turnbull continues to preen his ego at the expense of his better players.
Abbott would perform best back in the Health portfolio but he is needed most in Defence. Senator Marise Payne, who has already proved accident prone, was promoted by Turnbull to the Defence Ministry as a sop to critics of the sparse number of women in Cabinet. She has no hope of reforming the monster on Russell Hill as the Defence chiefs go through a Minister each year in their pursuit of far Left/Green pacifist and LGBT ideals.
In this latest election Abbott, unlike the dumped ALP rabble, has acted impeccably and in the interests of the Party. He has never offered a word of criticism of how he was treated.
He deserves credit and a part in any future Liberal Government.
If Turnbull remains defiant he would do well to remember the history of those who have been hard done by and left fomenting vengeful rage on the back bench. Abbott is a better man than that and no Conservative/moderate Cabinet can afford to lose him.
His political talents are substantially superior to Turnbull’s and we await one of his better decisions to include Abbott in his Cabinet. If he refuses, then a similar election awaits, and this time the Libs divided may not have the advantage of an unwieldy Victorian branch of the CFMEU harming Labor’s chances.
There is now a substantial Senate force that will demand Islamic reform and Turnbull will never acquiesce to it,
... so that makes Abbott’s reinstatement even more of an imperative.