There was only one real difference between what happened last week and what the media had been witnessing since Abbott took the leadership – the public gave its verdict.
Joyce’s act is to portray himself as a rube who, through some stroke of luck, has popped up in the sophisticated Finance portfolio, but being the honest and simple guy he is, still can’t help saying what he really thinks.
It is the potential detachment of Abbott’s Liberals from big business interests that allows Turnbull a possible way back in.
This is all about making the Liberals feel good, not the government feel bad.
This is an establishment party fighting for its political existence but with nothing but a bogus scientific debate and the most anti-establishment segment of society to base it on.
Joyce’s position reflects the stance of those who don’t have much to bargain with and would prefer to voice their detachment from something they have no stake in.
Climate change has become the issue that is carrying the Coalition parties downstream not just away from the electorate, but even from their own base.
It is classic Rudd. Not just making a mockery of what was supposed to be the fault-lines of the Australian political system, but locking the opposition increasingly into the international framework that is setting the domestic debate.
In effect, politics has turned upside down. Instead of sections of society looking to get political representation we have political parties looking for someone to represent.
We have here a gaping credibility gap between a political class that doesn’t even want to take on the responsibility of interest rates anymore, but is planning to undertake the most fundamental change in how the economy is reorganised since the industrial revolution.