YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A DICKHEAD, MALCOLM
... maybe you should just retire and enjoy your harbourside mansion
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.
There has been little joy in the Liberal Party lately and Turnbull has just given Shorten a free kick with another case of massive misjudgment equal only to Gillard’s and Rudd’s.
Turnbull had clearly decided that Hillary Clinton would win the US election, thus the fawning selfies with Obama and trusting his deal that over 1200 of Australia’s illegal arrivals from Iraq, Iran and Syria would be accepted by the US under Hillary.
Trump’s extreme vetting will now be more extreme regarding those 1250, and many of them have already demonstrated that they have no intention to settle in the US and therefore when asked if they intend to bomb the White House, their answers will be, “yes sir, you bet”, making Trump's decision an easy one for him and an embarrassing one for Turnbull.
Of the rest, Trump will not be admitting very many, leaving Oz with exactly the same problem. Turnbull’s US deal prematurely arranged with Obama is now in tatters when Australia should have been king of the kids when, thanks to Abbott, it came to stemming the tide of illegal immigrants.
The coming elections in WA and QLD will indicate where the major parties lie. Both Pauline Hanson and Cory Bernardi will be ejaculating in their jeans over the demise of the Left Liberals combined with the unelectability of Shorten.
Hanson has been taking huge bites out of both majors and the Green vote has diminished to where it will be of little help to Shorten. And I somehow believe many Hanson preferences will miss the Libs.
Turnbull has cuddled up to Shorten’s carbon tax (he laughingly calls it an “emissions intensity scheme”) where he feels safe from stray bullets, but that hasn’t allayed the Libs’ Right of the Bernardi brigade. It has blood in its nostrils while Abbott supporters are doing cartwheels across the floor.
As said here in the previous article, prior to the Trump phone call, “TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR BOTH... the Right is now the future”. The trouble is that everyone in Canberra is running to the Left despite Trump and Europe moving the world to the Right.
No matter what your colour, it’s difficult to see Turnbull lasting more than a few months. This is his second go at leadership and ugly echoes of Godwin Gretch (above) and Utegate reverberate in the halls of the House. He does not deserve a third go. But his replacement presents an insoluble quandary. It can’t be Abbott, it can’t be Bishop and it certainly won’t be Bernardi.
The Lib caucus has settled into a polarised hatred of all three that could sound a death knell for the Liberal Party.
Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison are waning stars with no other saviours skulking in the wings.
Turnbull didn’t see Trump winning the election, but neither did Shorten when he unwisely said the Don was “barking mad”.
Betting on an election can be politically perilous.