Last week Abbott made a speech at the launch of Connor Court’s new book of conservative essays, Making Australia Right. Abbott’s speech, which you can find in full over at Catallaxy Files, set off a chorus of attacks and abuse from his colleagues in parliament. They same politicians who knifed him in the back now consider him to be a bad sport who should just slink away and die.
But Abbott’s speech was concerned with saving the Liberal party as opposed to saving himself. It also was notable for the fact that it lacked a single personal attack, veiled or otherwise, on any of his colleagues who have treated him so shabbily. Now those same colleagues accuse of him of disloyalty and of attempting to undermine Turnbull, the very same actions that Turnbull propagated against Abbott.
The Newspoll results out today show Turnbull collapsing on every aspect with the Coalition government at its lowest point since he stole office. Keep in mind that the primary motivation that Turnbull gave for knifing Abbott was the dire standing of the Coalition in the polls at that time. Every media outlet in the country was screaming about Abbott’s negative polls but now that the shoe is on the other foot all we are hearing are the sounds of silence.
Instead the media are busy proclaiming that Abbott will most certainly not challenge Turnbull for the leadership of the party as his career is over and finished, as well as laying the blame for the Coalition’s dismal showing at the feet of the One Nation party and Abbott himself. This from the same glib morons who predicted that Britain would remain in the EU and that Hillary Clinton would definitely be the next president of the USA.
With that in mind it can only mean that the numbers are close to being counted. We may have a new/old prime minister in the house by the end of the week. Here’s hoping that we do and that the craven likes of Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne are cast back into the wilderness where they belong. And if it really does happen can someone make sure for the love of all things holy that Abbott doesn’t give Turnbull a cabinet post? Is that asking too much?
I’m crossing my fingers that Abbott has learned a few hard lessons over the last fifteen months.