LIBS LURCH LEFT RATHER THAN LOSE
.. and it will be a high price to pay
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.
The measure of a man is not how high he climbed but who he climbed over and Malcolm Turnbull had borrowed one of Bill Shorten’s knives. Over many dark nights he moved on Abbott’s deputy who had an intense hatred for Peta Credlin.
He used that hatred to his advantage and gave Julie Bishop a foolproof way to get rid of Credlin once and for all and keep her beloved Foreign Affairs portfolio at the same time, if only she could accept Abbott as collateral damage. And she did that with a smile.
Wow! Why would the Libs think for a moment that Turnbull can be a part of their future, are they mad? Ten votes decided this (a differential of five) and now the Libs look like a desperate Party that went looking for a Rudd to save the furniture.
And the Rudd analogy isn’t far off when you consider the betrayal, the backgrounding and the leaking, the conspiratorial treachery and ruthlessly meticulous, dead-of-night planning it took to bring down a first term PM.
Abbott has been on death row since February this year, he had to go, but not this way. His method of execution leaves an adjacent cell empty and waiting for his executioners.
Abbott was right when he said the Libs were better than this. Well Tony ‘ol mate, they USED to be better than this, but loyalty and honour died with Menzies and Gorton.
Treachery may have got Turnbull, Bishop and others what they wanted but their victory is temporary and only a pyrrhic one. They have cleaved the Party in two and destroyed what was once the difference between Labor and the Libs... a small matter of loyalty.
Turnbull stood there with that pious smirk on his face, beside him was Abbott’s former woman, a woman he trusted, a woman to whom he thought loyalty meant something... like loyalty meant something to him, with Joe, Bronwyn and Peta. Despite the fact they were unintentionally helping to bring him down, he stayed true, and that should mean something.
A return to Turnbull is an unthinkable prospect for the Libs... something I thought the Libs could not let happen. But I was wrong, well I was wrong about 54 of them.
There is never a nice way to depose a first term PM, but not this way, not with months of planning prior to a surprise attack with no warning and no time to regain those critical lost numbers. Five per cent of those Turnbull numbers and the coup would have failed.
Abbott’s fate was sealed when Turnbull sent Abbott’s own deputy in to tell him it was all over. What a man! A man who used his own portfolio to help destroy his leader.
His support from the ABC and his friends in Fairfax were critical players in destabilising his prey. He can forget the corporate sector, their loyalty is only ever to their shareholders.
It may be five PMs in five years, but two good things come out of this dastardly Shakespearean play... Shorten is gone and a gaping vacancy emerges on the Right for an honest third Party... a Party that might just have the notional support of 44 Libs who justifiably despise Turnbull and what he stands for.
Let’s face it Abbott was a superb Opposition leader and a hopeless PM, but his legacy will be his loyalty while for Turnbull and Bishop it will be their treachery.