Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb here. So here are some criticisms of the man:
- he was the environment minister who brought in those dreadful “light” bulbs,
- he was underwhelming as leader of the opposition,
- he supported Kevin Rudd’s ETS.
Okay – annoying but hardly hanging offences.
The thing is this – Malcolm Turnbull is not to blame for the government performing poorly in the polls. He is no more to blame than any other cabinet minister for the poorly received budget. He is less to blame than either the PM or the Treasurer for some of the poor decisions made leading up to the budget.
Are we to believe that but for Malcolm Turnbull that the Abbott government would grow a pair and stare down the ABC? Actually no.
To my mind this is a proxy fight – people want to give the PM a bit of belting, but can’t bring themselves to do so. Next best thing? Belt Malcolm. Not that he, like the others, doesn’t deserve a kick in the bum, but these criticisms of him are getting over the top.