WHY HAS FAIRFAX TURNED ON ME?
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.
In a nutshell? It has become increasingly certain that Shorten cannot possibly beat Abbott at the next election. The Left wants Shorten gone all right, but only because it wants Abbott gone even more.
The way the ABC and Fairfax have turned on Labor’s leader is unprecedented and does not indicate in any way that they believe Abbott to be a better leader... they have already tried by every devious and unfair means imaginable to bring him down.
But they have failed miserably and now it’s time to retreat to a fallback position and institute Plan B: “Let’s return to the main game, let’s find someone who can beat Abbott, because we can’t!”
Only people like Graham Richardson and John Hewson believe Shorten still has life, but the political predictions of those two make the weather bureau look like Nostradamus.
Abbott has survived false accusations of misogyny, punching a wall 30 years ago and a recent near-death experience. Shorten will never survive accusations of rape, pregnant secretaries, vile treachery, union theft and thuggery and having ruthlessly knifed two of Labor’s first-term Prime Ministers to satisfy his own personal ambition.
Clearly Shorten is the most unelectable contender for PM since federation yet he is still the darling of media’s Left and polling suggests both he and Abbott are neck and neck as likable blokes.
Abbott cannot claim any Brownie points while he polls so closely to a person of Shorten’s calibre. Any other Lib leader would be polling unbeatable numbers.
It’s a fine balance with the hatred of Abbott equalling the contemptibility of Shorten.
So which way must the Left move now it’s clear they cannot possibly cling to Shorten? Well, the answer is further Left to either Plibersek or Albanese, but not even Labor would be stupid enough to risk Plibersek. (Then again I thought the same about Gillard.)
Albanese will make a viable Opposition leader and prove a vigorous Parliamentary combatant for Abbott, but would he make a Prime Minister? No! The far Left will prove electorally unpalatable in this climate and anyway he lacks the presence of a PM.
So perhaps Tony Abbott can afford a few more near-death experiences yet.