Turnbull: the Mess-iah returns
First thought about the Messiah’s rising from the political dead was, I wonder if he will record his Q&A performance for future viewing? Then, remembering the waffler’s mountainous ego, of course he would—a hundred copies for his friends—ten for the brown-noser Craig Laund
ry. Malcolm should have taken his own advice which was to retire from politics gracefully—preserve some modicum of dignity, but his legendary “Tin-Ear” filed him right to the end. “The end”, you say? There will be no end with people like Turnbull! Fairfax was rather tame over Mal’s performance.
Malcolm Turnbull was removed as prime minister partly because his own tactics backfired and because MPs felt they would fare better at the looming election with a different leader, Liberal MP Craig Kelly has said. Responding to Mr Turnbull’s solo appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program, in which the former prime minister demanded cabinet ministers who backed the coup explain their actions, Mr Kelly said Mr Turnbull was partly to blame for his own demise.
Source: Fairfax Media
‘He wouldn’t be grateful if we did’: Liberals hit out at Malcolm Turnbull’s demands to explain the coup
“The answer is simple, when he took over from Tony Abbott, he set himself a KPI of 30 Newspoll losses, he had those and more,” Mr Kelly told the ABC’s Stan Grant.
“We were getting close to six months of the next election, and many of my colleagues, especially those colleagues in Queensland, thought that we would stand a better chance at this coming election with a change of prime minister,” he said, citing the LNP’s disastrous performance in the Longman byelection.
Mr Turnbull cited internal party polling and said the government was performing at its best since the 2016 election and stood a comfortable chance of winning again in 2019.
But Mr Kelly said that if Mr Turnbull had not called on a surprise leadership ballot on the Tuesday he would most likely still be leader.
Another MP behind the leaderhsip change said Mr Turnbull should be careful what he wishes for in demanding the reasons for his removal be aired. “He wouldn’t be grateful if we did,” the MP told Fairfax Media.
Mr Turnbull was asked if his own actions, in launching a coup against Tony Abbott in 2015 meant his removal was just and fair. The former prime minister said that when he had challenged Mr Abbott he had laid out his reasons for doing so.
But former Liberal MP Bob Baldwin said Mr Turnbull’s demise was authored long before 2015.
“It all started with Malcom in 2007,” he wrote on Twitter.
“He needs to accept that he is the master of his own destiny. He went to undermine Nelson, then Abbott. It’s actually not about him, it’s about the people and the party,” he added.