A massive poll lead. Going early. A wooden leader. Mindless mantras. A despised opposition. And then collapse. The parallels are uncanny: why didn’t Crosby warn her?
A lacklustre campaign, a complacent leader, and a ruthless opposition have not just clipped Malcolm Turnbull’s wings, but ripped them off.
Plus: The Australian Liberals should have gone for Julie Bishop. Joe Pike’s Project Fear. And: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Cyber Corbynistas?
He will be treated more kindly by history than by his contemporaries or the opinion polls – having begun to repair a Budget destroyed by Labor profligacy.
Australia is now on its fifth Prime Minister in five years. And the narrowness of the Liberal Party’s vote does not bode well.
The right-wing British commentators who claim otherwise are wide of the mark.
The Australian Prime Minister survived a rebellion last night – but now his relationship with his colleagues is fundamentally altered.
A combination of sudden measures to fix the economy, bad party management, poor timing, Senate opposition and the spill system have put Tony Abbott in danger.
“It has changed the current of Australian politics – and so much more. We have helped to build modern Australia.”
Sometimes it takes a searing crisis for a political leader to reach beyond their political comfort zone.
Forced out of his role as a Conservative aide in Britain, now a legislator in Australia, McGrath has delivered a maiden speech to remember.
This week’s Budget clashes with his “absolute guarantee” on tax.
Tony Abbott, like Stephen Harper and John Key, is a convinced monarchist – and support for the institution in the countries they govern is stronger than many believe.
A tip from Iain Dale: if you see a journalist around the place, why not go and talk to them?
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