History of regicide can shed light on Turnbull’s downfall

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With Australians scratching their heads and wondering what that was all about, Shakespeare’s dictum, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” has received a solid workout in the public debate.

 

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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13 Responses to History of regicide can shed light on Turnbull’s downfall

  1. Mark A

    “what that was all about”?

    Simples, Turnbull outsmarted Datton and co.
    You cannot fight dirty with nice, it was always TA’s weakness, he should have seen this coming.

    Queensberry Rules? pffft

  2. stackja

    With Australians scratching their heads and wondering what that was all about, Shakespeares dictum, uneasy lies the head that wears a crown has received a solid workout in the public debate. … There have been, after all, 40 English monarchs since William the Conqueror crossed the channel in 1066.

    Menzies 1941:

    Unable to secure Curtin’s support, and with an unworkable parliamentary majority, Menzies then resigned as prime minister on 29 August 1941.
    The UAP-Country Party Coalition held office for another month with Arthur Fadden of the Country Party as Prime Minister, before the independents switched allegiance. On 3 October, the independents, Coles and Wilson, voted with Labor to defeat the government. John Curtin was sworn in as Prime Minister 7 October 1941. Eight weeks later, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

  3. Jonesy

    No…he didnt outsmart Dutton. First premise! Dutton didnt want the job! He knows he is a plod. The great one thought he still had the numbers, hence the snap poll in the party room. Once the REAL situation was known, Turnbull may as well have painted a target on his back. What was planned to take months was brought forward in minutes. If ScoMo was the master’s pick, the great one would be sitting on the back bench until the next election to ensure his protege took root and didnt deviate from the plan.

    Turnbull is the dumbest smart man I know!

  4. cui bono

    What was it about?
    Finding a new bus driver who might avoid the cliff. A driver who agrees with the majority of the passengers that the cliff should be avoided.
    The previous driver was too busy preening while listening to the ABC.

  5. Jonesy

    Besides…NO Queenslander will ever be PM!

  6. kc

    The libs will need to rebuild from the wreckage of the next election. Nothing, and certainly not Morrison AKA Turnbull Lite, can save them and better to keep the future, the likes of Andrew Hastie out of the spotlight at the next election and have him ready to lead the party into the future. Turnbull’s great legacy. The near total destruction of the Liberal Party of Menzies and Howard.

  7. H B Bear

    Turnbull’s great legacy. The near total destruction of the Liberal Party of Menzies and Howard.

    Let’s not write Lord Waffles off just yet. Maybe he can yet achieve the total destruction of the Lieborals after the next election and finally fulfill that Potential Greatness.

  8. Roger

    With Australians scratching their heads and wondering what that was all about…

    It was Maladroit in action, simples.

    There was no coup in the offing until Trumble, spooked by Gary Spence’s remarks about a looming bloodbath in Qld, called a spill.

  9. candy

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    It’s a shame about Dutton, though. It would have been interesting to see what type of PM he would make, what kind of man he is under the spotlight of being PM. I totally disagree with just calling him a “plod”.

  10. Viva

    You cannot fight dirty with nice, it was always TA’s weakness

    Tony has never learnt that you may let people sh-t on you but you don’t have to let them rub it in.

  11. struth

    Is a king one who calls the shots?

    One who has the final word on laws and the economy?

    One who befriends or makes war with foreign powers?
    Surely our King is Antonio Guterres?

    His henchman made sure he left another henchman in charge of the region, like a roman governor for Caesar.

  12. BoyfromTottenham

    Why is Turnbull going straight to NY after resigning his seat? To meet with his handler?

  13. Damienski

    Besides…NO Queenslander will ever be PM!

    After the shambles of 2007 – 2013 Queensland should be exiled to Tasmania.

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