If Turnbull had read what was happening to Abbott, he would have kept his head low.
Poor Julie Bishop. Always the proxy, never the bride.
There was a time when reform didn’t used to be such a fashionable word.
In reality, Abbott’s ‘challenge’ to Rudd has always been as much a media construct as is Gillard’s current ‘challenge’ to Rudd or was Costello’s ‘challenge’ to Howard.
Nearly two months after Copenhagen, the government has still not addressed it.
Rudd had been looking for overseas governments to provide a direction that it has avoided sticking its neck out trying to generate at home.
For the last decade, the Australian right has been living a lie.
As Gillard showed with her mocking of him yesterday, Hockey would provide the easiest target for the government yet.
The problem for Abbott and the conservatives now is that having broken away, their electoral unacceptability is now being openly discussed.
At no time has the party ever had its leadership calculations so openly determined by their complete loss of confidence in their ability to recover government in the foreseeable future.