If Howard couldn’t sustain a distinctive agenda in the run up to the 2007 election, why should Abbott after 2010?
Costello said on Monday night that Turnbull has had a far easier ride than Nelson, but this blog is now not so sure. There seems no other way to explain the Liberals’ extraordinary behaviour over the last few days.
That such an incident, so trivial in nature, should turn out be so potentially damaging to two senior political figures and was actually damaging to another, should have been proof of the anti-political climate our politicians are operating in. Now, with what is becoming almost the canonisation of the said public servant, we have more.
The government passed up what could have been a major political opportunity last week.
For the first time since 1990, when Labor’s reform program ran its course, the coalition has now lost its precious lead in economic management.
You would think the Liberals in opposition would be in their element now. The economy is turning down and Labor’s plan is to spend its way out of it.
Monday, 8 December 2008 State of the parties Comments Off
What is striking in the press coverage is how it has shifted focus onto what the Nationals did and away from the real challenge to Turnbull’s authority, what the Liberal front bench did.
The public stoning of Dr Henry in Wednesday’s Senate hearing and George Brandis’s bizarre behaviour on Lateline on Friday shows that the coalition had more in mind than political point-scoring last week.
The Australian may be making the right point that somewhere along the line, the RBA Governor probably did state the obvious, i.e. that banking guarantees distort the financial markets. But Turnbull’s disastrous appearance on The 7.30 Report last night is a reminder that politically it’s a stupid point to pursue.