ONLY ONE WINNER
.. and it’s not Turnbull
It was a low day in Oz politics when Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull decided not to risk Abbott and Hastie winning the WA seat of Canning in a by election on that Saturday. They won anyway but it was too late, the treachery of the Libs' Left had played out with another first term PM mercilessly dumped to salve the ego of one person.
Media scribes have suggested that Tony Abbott can now regain the Prime Ministership. That’s mischievous rubbish! But make no mistake, had he not been murdered, he would today be burying Shorten for good and counting a manageable majority.
Media thought an athletic PM a non sequitur and that biting an onion and winking was a terminal fault. But Abbott copped it sweet, he never complained.
Turnbull and Bishop could not have carried out their killing of Abbott without the viciously partisan support of the Left media, but hey, what goes around....
Abbott must have slept last night with a wry smile on his face. He had killed off the Rudd/Gillard nightmare and despite the Senate he had stopped the boats and destroyed Labor's damaging mining and carbon taxes. Abbott was on the way to a comfortable 2016 win.
Turnbull has taken all of Abbott’s record 2013 landslide and trashed it... nothing left, good people gone forever, just to satisfy Turnbull’s unhealthy, lustful, egocentric craving for The Lodge... a craving he has nursed for decades.
As said here ad nauseum, the window for a DD election closed in September last year when Abbott was gearing up to rid the Senate of its rancid, obstructionist rubbish with his own DD. Instead he was knifed earlier than was planned, before he could win that by-election of Canning, and show once again his ability to overcome insurmountable political odds.
Abbott was a proven winner, Turnbull is a proven failure. But Lib sanity was lost in a pool of blood on a Party room floor.
To call a DD election to follow a third-term May budget takes a special type of fool, and yesterday proved the folly. Turnbull not only allowed the Libs to be savaged by a grub like Shorten, he doubled the obstructionist Senators he was attempting to get rid of and gave the worst of them another six year tenure! Bloody hell, you're good Turnbull.
The Coalition Nats increased their representation because some voters saw them as the only alternative to voting for Turnbull. Surely the Libs now realise that a further Turnbull experiment will lead to a nasty split and multiple terms for Labor.
Yet somehow among the carnage there is a thread of good ol’ Aussie common sense that didn’t give Shorten a term as PM, that killed off Oakeshott and Windsor, that elevated Pauline Hanson and other Parties that are concerned with the failure of multiculturalism and that will finally rid Australia of a fool like Turnbull.
We aren’t silly, we got exactly what we wanted... a spanking for Turnbull but not such a belting that would have delivered us Shorten. It was a fine line to tread but we managed to do it once again.
The only time that elections do not reflect Aussie common sense is when they are taken out of our hands on Party room floors.
The average voter believes a successful merchant banker like Turnbull should have the wherewithal to govern. Not necessarily so! The role of a merchant banker is to gamble with other people’s money to profit from other people’s stature and successes... Turnbull to a tee.
Don’t despair, it’s all good! I think.