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.
Posts Tagged: Tony Abbott
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.
Terry Barnes: So you think May has problems? They’re nothing compared to the knifings and plots that engulf Malcolm Turnbull
With half his ministry on the backbenches, he looks isolated – and in denial.
Terry Barnes: May would have seen her snap election fiasco coming, if only she’d looked abroad to…Australia
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?
If it is too exotic a model, try Australia or New Zealand. They, too, have opened their markets, removing tariffs and trade barriers, liberalising their economies.
Bill English, his successor, worked co-operatively with him and Wayne Eagleson. There’s a lesson here for Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.
A lacklustre campaign, a complacent leader, and a ruthless opposition have not just clipped Malcolm Turnbull’s wings, but ripped them off.
Terry Barnes: Australia’s election is a tame affair compared to what’s happening in Britain right now
Malcolm Turnbull has run a “safety first” campaign – and is expected to win.
Plus: The Government’s push to rig the EU referendum: guilty as charged. Cameron and tax: innocent until or unless proved otherwise. And: my shoulder freezes over.
Plus: Why Chilcot won’t change anybody’s mind. A deliberate snub from Downing Street. And: Why hasn’t the Daily Mail replaced James Chapman yet?
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.
It’s a modern form of One Nation Conservatism. Harold Macmillan would have liked it.