Big party tricks

WHAT’S UP SPUD: Poor old Malcolm Turnbull found himself mashed by political forces this week.Events in Canberra this weekunderlinethe issue that gets people so cynical about politicians, namely politics.

They’re here to do a job. But unfortunately it’son each other. Stuff the country.

Was a leadership spill that urgent in the minds of Australians this week, or any other?

Queensland lost State of Origin this year, yes, but throwing Peter Dutton into the mix always seems a bit extreme.

Rumours midweek suggested all this momentum for change was fake news.

Kind of believable given how incredibly unpopular Mr Potato Head seems to be with just about everyone.

Soon, however, the momentum had momentum and everyone was putting their hand up for a crack.Not sure anyone warms to Scott Morrison and Ms Bishop either. But when it’s on, it’s stacks on.

Malcolm didn’t have any loyalty, except that pledged to him by senior ministers. A bit like getting the totalbacking of the club when you’re an NRL coach.Made you wonder, who was driving the bus, and where was it heading. Over a cliff?

The Libs are still in power, remember.The economy is going OK. No one is talking about inflation or unemploymentexcept in terms of making Mal unemployed.And Mal seemedsuch a preferable PM compared to his rival in opposition despite the newspolls.

Opposition now seems like where Mal and his rivals in government are destined. And you’ve got to ask yourself,was that really the plan?

Yes electricity prices are high, butMal was trying to do something about it amid the wrecking, although insistingon tax breaks for the banks during a royal commission probably wasn’t the thing.

Ultimately, energy policy energised his enemies who showed that just like loyalty, there’s no guarantees in power.

The latest putsch seems like the most suicidal election move since Gillard v Rudd v Gillard v anyone else Shorten didn’t like.

The Labor Party will be hoping the public don’t dwell on that because it only seems like last bye-electionthey were thinking of doing the same thing again,with Albo.

All Bill Shorten has to do now is keep his lame zingers in the holster until after the polls and the Libs will be rewarded with oblivion.

Resigning Liberal front bencherConcetta Fierravanti-Wellssaid on Wednesday her party’s leadership crisis represented a problemwith the country’s soul.The traditional Liberal Party under Turnbull, she said,had lost the plot over things like same sex,climate change and the republic.

It was time, apparently, to move forwards by lurching backwards. For this conservative party riddled with such disconnect and division,that should be a formality.

Round four of “knife our PM in the back”gets you wondering who the bloody hell pays for all this.Oh, that’s right, us.

If the true measure of political integrity is exiling your party to opposition, then the next Liberal team will have it in spades.

Handy, really, because they’ll need something to bury the dead.

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