It is incredible that he has allowed this attack on the Prime Minister’s integrity to be published now – amidst this existential global pandemic crisis.
Politicians rushed to wish the Prime Minister well as he was moved to intensive care in St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.
From the outset, he framed both himself and his government as acknowledging the concerns of everyday Australians. It was a voice that rang with authenticity.
The President’s support for Johnson may do the latter no good among voters, but it’s likely to do him no harm among another electorate – Tory activists.
So in short, talk up the country, listen to the ‘somewheres’ outside the Westminster bubble – and cut taxes.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Australia’s centre-right coalition defies the polls and the pundits to see off Labor against all expectation.
Labour is still the favourite. Scott Morrison, the new Prime Minister, has had success in binding wounds and campaigning effectively.
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.
With half his ministry on the backbenches, he looks isolated – and in denial.