Turnbull for GG

Elizabeth Farrelly explains why Malcolm Turnbull can never be a Liberal prime minister but why he could be governor-general.

Just about everyone I know loves Malcolm Turnbull. This is especially weird since my sample, though broad and random – greens and Christians, professionals and hobos, poets, Buddhists, anarchists, atheists, engineers and random reprobates – takes in few Liberal voters, if any.

It is true – there a lot to like about Turnbull; but he is soft on tax, having criticised Brendan Nelson on tax and then proposing a tax increase himself as leader of the opposition.

I though this was unfair.

But this is about as likely to get up as the republic – which is still seen as a Turnbull failure, evidence (along with “utegate”) of his lack of political nous.

This is just one of three albatrosses around Turnbull’s neck.

I am no fan of the Republic (I would have voted ‘fuck No’, but for my fear it would be counted as a spoiled ballot) but I don’t recall too many others putting up their hands to lead the Republican movement or too many others working as hard as Turnbull did for the cause.

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46 Responses to Turnbull for GG

  1. Rabz

    … there is a lot to like about Turnbull

    No, there is not.

  2. Gab

    He’s Labor bordering on Greens. Nothing to like there.

  3. Cold-Hands

    And of course the precedent is already there of a lifelong republican selling out his principles to plunge his snout deep into the trough. Turnbull for GG is the modern day Bill Hayden.

  4. ar

    The left like Turnbull in as much as he can hurt the Liberals.

  5. Mike of Marion

    Nah!! Can’t stand him

    Mike

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Ahh … Green-lefties do love to recycle, but they do have this one on high rotation.
    The perpetual wet-dream of the Left, now that they are facing electoral oblivion, is the hope that the Coalition will facilitate a three year hiatus of Labor Lite under Malcolm, after which normal service will resume.
    Here’s a tip to shut these dickheads up …… the next time some Lefty says “I would vote for the Coalition if Turnbull was leader” simply reply as follows …..
    “Good! If Malcolm is elected leader, apply for a postal vote, we will fill it out following the Colition how-to-vote card and I will post it for you”

  7. And she said it without the least hint of irony. What next, the Queen for first President of Britain?

  8. 2dogs

    I suspect that Gillard won’t call the election until after Sep next year, so she can grant the GG’ship to someone as a political favour.

    You know, like Rudd did.

  9. nic

    None of these sorts would vote Liberal Turnbull or not. For that lot it’s more a case of ‘ sigh. well if we have to have a Liberal as PM we’d prefer him,’ Bugger what those who actually vote Liberal think or want.

  10. Mk50 of Brisbane

    What a brainless moron Farrals is.

    “Oh, me and my lefty mates would vote for Turnbull if he were leader and made the Libs even more far left than the greenfilth’.

    What an utterly pretentious, self important narcissistic wankfest, from a total airhead.

  11. larrikin

    It is true – there a lot to like about Turnbull

    ha ha, excellent. I see you’ve still got that wonderfully dry sense of humour, Sinc. keep the gags coming

  12. brc

    Do you notice how this airhead pines for a royal-esque family for Australia? Why does Australia need a dynastic family? What is the pathetic need to be ruled by a personality? Why can’t the country just be a collection of individuals.

  13. so she can grant the GG’ship to someone as a political favour.

    You know, like Rudd did.

    You mean “in order to avoid being sacked”, don’t you?

    No worries, we’ll just cripple them and hound them out of office the way Labor did Hollingsworth. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, after all.

  14. WhaleHunt Fun

    What an utterly pretentious, self important narcissistic wankfest, from a total airhead.

    Too nice, too forgiving. If her brains doubled every day for a hundred years, turned into dynamite and went bang, it wouldn’t blow her hat off on a windy day.

  15. Lloyd

    Never been a fan of Turnbull the pollie. I think he’s utterly useless there. But he is engaging and can be entertaining to watch -when he wants to, he’s good with the one liners. But Turnbull for PM? He had his shot and he blew it, bigtime.

  16. H B Bear

    Personally I’d be happy for Malcolm Turnbull to open fetes, provided it wasn’t one I was going to.

    Some of Barkin’ Betty’s finest work. FXJ Last sale 0.375. Not long to go now.

  17. DrBeauGan

    I’ve met Turnbull. He is slime.

  18. tbh

    I’m going to go against the grain here and say that there is a lot that i like about MT. He’s on the right side of free speech and civil liberties in the main and he’s for sound economic policy. He’ll never be Liberal leader again but I think he’d make an excellent treasurer. He’s one of the few fiscal adults in the parliament.

    As leader, forget it, but as a key minister, absolutely IMHO.

  19. Gab

    I think this issue is whether he would make a good GG or not.

  20. Blogstrop

    While I’d like to see the end of the reign of the social x-ray that haunts Yarralumla at the moment, with her ponderous speeches (written by Batty Farrelly?), it’s best that future GGs be apponted from the ranks of self-effacing military or judicial personnel, not ex pols prone to a bit of grandstanding.

  21. Tom

    Betty liked Fairfax so much she killed the company. Not actually joking. She has been used to piss on the boundary fence of the FXJ demographic: if you’re a normal middle class family, fuck off.

  22. MACK1

    There appears to be a statistical correlation between the Fairfax share price and the number of Liberal friends their journalists have.

  23. johno

    As leader, forget it, but as a key minister, absolutely IMHO.

    Whatever abilities he has and whatever positions he holds, Turnbull isn’t a team player, which makes him a danger to whoever leads the Liberal Party.

    Also, his political judgement is crap, which makes him a danger as a senior Minster.

  24. dd

    Turnbull isn’t as left wing as left wing commentators think he is.

    If Turnbull ever became leader of the Liberals again the left would go after him just as much as they did before. And in fact if he ever becomes a minister in a coalition government, if he’s Minister for Communication, for example, you won’t hear much about Turnbull the hippy.

  25. Alfonso

    Turnbull’s aim in politics is a compulsory global ETS.
    That great derivative honey pot in the sky that is forever…. a guaranteed mega profit centre for the money centre institutions.
    Everyone needs a reason to get up , this is Mals.

  26. Token

    If Turnbull ever became leader of the Liberals again the left would go after him just as much as they did before.

    All you need to do is read editions of Media Watch Dog when Turnbull was leader to see he received exactly the same treatment by the media that Abbott is getting now.

  27. Tom

    if he ever becomes a minister in a coalition government, if he’s Minister for Communication

    The sooner he’s removed from that portfolio, the better. His defence of media freedom has been late and reluctant at best. In terms of political alignment, he’s halfway between the ALP and the Greens. He makes David Cameron look conservative.

  28. rafiki

    There can be no doubt that Turnbull appeals to sections of the public that don’t like Labor, but also don’t want Abbott and thus vote Green. Like thh I think it essential that he be in the forefront of a Coalition team, not so much as to ensure a Liberal win, but to maximise the chances of their gaining Senate control. But dd is correct too – he has not been a team player, and I fear that he suffers so much from hubris that he could not, for example, bring himself to say very firmly to the next Q and A audience that it is essential that election of an Abbott-led government is critical.

    This is a tragic situation. It’s too late to boot him out if he doesn’t shape up.

  29. rafiki

    Sorry johno it was you who I should be agreeing with (not that I disagree with dd).

  30. dd

    Turnbull’s aim in politics is a compulsory global ETS.

    The ETS proposal was in very a pre-Copenhagen political context.

  31. OldOzzie

    Liberals put Turncoat in as Leader of the Opposition, and I vote Greens and Labor in the Senate (I like my local Liberal member and he has my vote)

    Turncoat should just quit and go as leader of the Labor Party – hmm probably not a good idea, as he would outshine any of the Sewage on the Labor side

  32. Token

    The ETS proposal was in very a pre-Copenhagen political context.

    While it is his point of difference from Abbott you can see why Turnbull is not abandonning this dated policy, but you can bet if Turnbull ever became leader he would abandon it faster tha red-headed step child.

    The man wants to be PM more than he wants to throw massive economy destroying subsidies to the crony capitalists.

    Of course that would mean the policy is “delayed” until the econony improves, etc.

  33. blogstrop

    All you need to do is read editions of Media Watch Dog when Turnbull was leader to see he received exactly the same treatment by the media that Abbott is getting now.

    They talk him up when he’s not leader – it’s a destabilisation tactic. They did it before he became leader, and they are doing it again now. But his support for the CRS made him poison for me. I had the same problem with Lib softness on AGW back when Howard was in and Greg Hunt was behaving as badly, being an also ran me too on the subject.

  34. .

    I don’t know why people are so anti Republican.

    Sure, I want to elect the head of state, but the model truly would have replicated what we have now.

    The current Governor General is a disgrace and should have sacked Rudd over creating a new tax without the requisite legislation.

  35. Eyrie

    I was talking to someone the other day who wanted the Libs to get in but wasn’t sure she liked the idea of Abbott as he isn’t right wing enough.

  36. Alfonso

    Anti Republicanism comes from its fellow travellers. Perhaps the rewrite of the constitution that must go with it. Fancy slipping in a wee preamble locking in the ability of judicial activists to govern in the interests of the original mendicants anyone?
    An elected head of state and more than a fete opener must campaign and therefore automatically has its own political powerbase, its never going to conflict with parliament on ‘behalf of the people’, is it?

    Get rid of the Pommie insert on the Aust flag is all that’s needed.

  37. roger

    Malcolm Turnbull is an incredibly talented man. He is intelligent, articulate and driven.
    He has skills that could make him a superb Treasurer in a future Abbott gov’t. He is certainly doing very well in bashing Labor’s useless NBN as Communications spokesman for the Opposition.
    However, is ego is far too big. By putting himself above his team – the Libs – as he does repeatedly, he shows that this flaw of his outdoes all his – not inconsiderable – advantage.
    He is unfit for G-G, or ANY position is politics.

  38. James of the Glens

    Betty Farrelly obviously does not know a great many people.

    If she did, they would have told her Turnbull is regarded as a Labor shill and as such he is cloyingly promoted by Labor individuals in the hope of him doing more damage, in the same manner as from 2008 to 2010, to the Coalition. Betty would understand.

    Turnbull ceased most work years ago. Some would call him wilfully lazy. Others, self-interested, with an eye on the monetary main chance. A chappy with considerable obligations to others outside Australia.

    Sorry, Betty, but Turnbull showed rather too much of his hand with his eagerness to swallow the global warming scam; the sight of him organising the allied horse-trading with the inept Ms Wong was a little too much for better informed Australians.

  39. jrm

    Also, his political judgement is crap

    Also, he has contempt for ordinary Australian voters, as was demonstrated by his dummy spit following the failure of the Republic referendum. I don’t trust him to look after anyone but himself.

  40. Mique

    “… there is a lot to like about Turnbull”

    Ditzy Betsy’s inanity reminded me of a BC comic strip, lo, these many, many long years ago. The strip consisted of four or five identical frames depicting the boys loafing in the sun, leaning comfortably up against the rocks. The middle frame, the only one with text, has one of the boys saying, “You know, there’s a lot to be said for married life”.

    The strip would work equally well with Ditzy’s quote.

  41. Happymonkey

    A spray from Turnbull is the equivalent of being slapped on the cheek with a wet lettuce leaf.

    There’s a reason Abbott was re-elected by his Coalition buddies unanimously. Shame all the fawning luvvies always trot out the fact that he only won by a single vote the FIRST time around.

  42. Myrrdin Seren

    Just about everyone I know …… and hobos

    Good lord – does Barkin’ Betty really go off her meds and start wandering the local parks with the genuinely poor delusional homeless ?

    ‘splains a lot !

  43. Sirocco

    An elected Head of State is the only option Australians will vote for. If that means re-writing the constitutuion, so be it. We have a few years left to sort out the issue thru a constitutional convention before Betty Windsor dies and that loopy Charlie gets the gig. The revulsion which will follow will enable the pollies to railroad their choice of system. Do we want a no name as HoS? Who is the President of Germany? Italy? Greece? India? the list goes on – all politically appointed no names.

  44. candy

    Funny thing is, M. Turnbull does have the demeanour/presentation of a GG – he would look just right in that role.

  45. Big Jim

    GG would be the perfect sideways promotion for Turnbull – a masterstroke.

  46. Big Jim

    As long as he swears fealty to Her Majesty…

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