Just in case you didn’t notice it, there’s been a crevice that’s opened up on Tony Abbott’s long road to the Lodge. A crevice that in just a few days has opened up to bloody great yawning credibility gap.
It was just last week, in the wake of the Qantas fiasco, and the critisims from old stagers that he was being weak kneed on IR that Mr Abbott’s blokey swagger and chin jutting suddenly started to look phoney. A more convincing performer would have leavened the posturing with a bit of pensive self-reflection, But for Mr. Abbott it’s pop out the chin, grit teeth to get those jaw muscled looking pumped, and adopt the pose of determined leadership.
Problem is that Mr. Abbott’s posing pouch is no longer ample enough to cover up the hideous truth. The country’s rooted if he gets his hands on it.
Sober and respected business commentators are calling Mr. Abbott guilty of a gross failure of economic credibility, and big-nob political journos who write for the Murdoch press are saying he’s gone feral, with outlandish ill-considered opinions on the Mining Tax, the European bail-out and a knee-jerk response on Qantas.
George Megalogenis says that “the fundamental weakness of Tony Abbot is that he’ll say anything to get his face on TV” [12:12].
Whether you’re in the Laurie Oakes camp and you reckon Abbott’s lashing out at everything like a shark in a feeding frenzy, or whether like me (and probably George) you think the whole thing’s a B-Grade act, by a B-Grade actor who’s learned his trade from Chuck Norris films – one things for sure – people will start to twig to Mr. Abbots fatal flaw -and maybe – just maybe – Labor is in with a shot.
Interestingly Mr Megalogenis, thinks that the best strategy for Labour in these circumstances is to lose the next election.
If I were Labour I’d be prepared to take a loss in the next election knowing that their turn will come pretty quickly if they cede power to a political party that is not interested in the big ideas. 1
The theory, I assume, being that if Mr. Abbott gets in then we’ll really get a taste of how much of a disaster a Prime Minister can be, and in our repentance we’ll push the reset button on Australian politics.
I think there might be something in that – Perhaps it calls for a Labor campaign under the slogan “We hope you get the government you deserve”. But on second thoughts that sounds bitter and lacking the compassion that hopefully is still somewhere in the DNA – so perhaps a campaign based on the style of community awareness campaigns. A simple direct message to the good people of Australia “We are handing over the controls to your new pilot. please fasten your seat-belt and assume the brace position – there may not be time for last drinks”.
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