A bit of background on Malcolm

I put this up on line back in February 2015 just as Malcolm was about to lead the knifing of Tony Abbott. Title turned out to be wrong – I did vote for him – but the post was extraordinarily mild given what we now know: I would never vote for a Coalition led by Malcolm Turnbull. A few things to keep in mind if you have the strength and fortitude to watch him on Q&A tonight.

Andrew Bolt says that Malcolm Turnbull is about to have his final go at taking over the leadership of the Liberal Party by Tuesday, so that it is now or never to make our views known (see here and here).

When I used to work in Canberra, our offices backed onto the Liberal Party headquarters, and I was asked one time, even before Malcolm entered Parliament, what I thought about him. My answer was that if I was in the constituency that would decide the fate of the next election, and my vote was the one that would put him in or out, that I would hesitate about which way to go. That was then. Today I would have no doubt. The reasons.

Peter Wright For me, national security is the ultimate issue in any election. There are always international issues that matter, and they weigh heavy with me. All but forgotten today, The Spycatcher Trial was one of those moments I do not forget. Wright was an MI5 agent who set out to write a tell-all/reveal-all of the English intelligence service. Margaret Thatcher sought to prevent the publication of his book, and the final determination was in a court in Tasmania, in which Malcolm Turnbull sought to defend Wright and ultimately was successful in allowing the book to be published worldwide because it could be published in Australia. I was told then that everyone deserves the best defence and etc etc, but if Malcolm has ever said that he defended Wright even though he was treasonous scum, I haven’t heard it. I would never trust Turnbull on any national security issue, and there is nothing more important at the present time.

He’s a Warmist Anyone soft-headed enough to take in the Global Warming scam without at least some doubts is not a possessor of the shrewd, sensible, incisive mind I am looking for in a leader. He lost the leadership on this one issue at the time because there are people like me who would never line up behind anyone who believes this stuff needs trillion dollar government solutions to what is looking every day less of a problem.

He’s a Keynesian I once had a conversation with Malcolm over economic issues and mentioned something that I think of instinctively as an issue, the kind of thing Peter Costello put at the centre of his own management of the economy. His response was to walk off. Having watched and listened to him over the years, he has no sense of how an economy works. Given that when he led the Libs he was all set to follow Labor’s lead on the stimulus, and declared that the Coalition would have done much the same, in many ways he owns the problems we have right now.

Useless as a Minister He may be popular with the ABC and others like it, but this is only because he has never done anything of any use that would upset them. If he doesn’t upset the ABC, what could he possibly stand for? What issue has he carried forward as part of the government that has done an ounce of good? If the NBN is his crowning achievement, he has done nothing other than implement Kevin Rudd’s back-of-the-envelope idiocy that will cost us billions and return millions.

He Cannot be Trusted To draw a distinction between himself and the Prime Minister over the Human Rights Commission Report on children in detention not only shows the worst imaginable political judgement, but has him line up with the Government’s enemies. I am a million miles from Canberra right now, but since all and sundry report Turnbull’s treachery, who am I to doubt it. This is a government that needs to survive and win that next election. Abbott is learning how to be a PM on the job, and is actually getting the hang of it. Shame about the wasted first year, but that is now the past.

There is clearly a succession plan in place at the top of the Liberal Party. What may have begun as the second eleven is now starting to function as a very good government. And the PM does not like to lose, and I don’t think he will.

That was, of course, three and a half years ago. In the intervening Malcolm has been and gone, but not gone all that far.

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21 Responses to A bit of background on Malcolm

  1. Tim Neilson

    What did Malcolm ever strive for at any time during his political career, with conviction and consistency, that we couldn’t have got from Labor and the Greens?

    Apart from self-promotion of Malcolm, obviously.

  2. billie

    most of us woke up to him back in the Republican debate and realised he was only ever in it for himself and not to be trusted

    why has it taken so long for so many to work it out?

    do so many just succumb to flattery?

    I think so and for instance, the ABC love it, being entertainers of course, and reacted the same way to what’s his name .. the pillock from Queensland (yes I know, so many) with the nickel mine think, dodgy nephew, tweked or twerked on radio which was terribly confusing, he flattered them and they adored him.

    As above if the ABC likes you there’s something wrong

    did you see how I wove 2 dislikes together and associated them, yep, dang straight I did

  3. Shy Ted

    Right about now he’s being read the Q&A questions and being coached on the answers. Wouldn’t miss tonight’ thread for the world. Watch it? Don’t make me laugh.

  4. H B Bear

    Blot nailed the result of the Waffleworth knifing at the time. The rest of the j’ismists were in love.

  5. Damienski

    What did Malcolm ever strive for at any time during his political career, with conviction and consistency, that we couldn’t have got from Labor and the Greens?

    Apart from self-promotion of Malcolm, obviously.

    Didn’t Malcolm sound the ALP out for pre-selection? If they had been a silly as the SFLs we could have it all from Labor.

  6. Damienski

    Will there be a thread dedicated to QandA tonight? What will the competetion for the ar$eless chaps be? Will Malcolm wear his leather jacket? These are weighty questions. More weighty than those that will be posed on QandA.

  7. Old School Conservative

    Didn’t Malcolm sound the ALP out for pre-selection?

    Sound them out as in test the waters? No, it was a full on campaign for acceptance, preselection, and a guaranteed pathway to the top.

    MALCOLM Turnbull wanted to become Kim Beazley’s shadow finance minister during the second term of the Howard Government. The Sunday Telegraph has confirmed Mr Turnbull approached at least six senior ALP figures, including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, actively seeking their endorsement to join the ALP at the time of the republic referendum.

    Of course Richo kept this line up strongly during the Turnbull downfall.

  8. hzhousewife

    That is the very last time I am clicking on anything with Turdball’s name on it, I do not have time enough left in my life for him in any way shape or form, I can learn nothing new about the man that arrests his downward spiral into hell in my mind. The end.

  9. Ellen of Tasmania

    In the intervening Malcolm has been and gone, but not gone all that far.

    Certainly not far enough, in my estimation.

    But isn’t it just absolutely Turnbullesque of him to do Q&A?

  10. Robber Baron

    I’m going to play a drinking game tonight. I’m going to have a nip each time Maolcom mentions … “Lucy.”

    I should be pickled by the end of the hour.

  11. Robber Baron

    Comedy gold from Maol.

    He is so full of himself.

  12. Howard Hill

    hzhousewife
    #2859730, posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    That is the very last time I am clicking on anything with Turdball’s name on it

    I’ve often wondered why so many are so thick as to give this turd so much air.
    The quickest way to be rid of the smell is to ignore it!

  13. Leo G

    Could a man who chose the nick(sic)name “Satan” for himself really be that bad?

  14. sabena

    A short example-light bulbs.Thanks to Malcolm we have been inflicted with gas discharge lamps instead of incandescent bulbs.We were promised that the change would produce lamps,which although more expensive,would last longer,which has turned out not to be the case.

  15. Siltstone

    Once worked with a fellow who was known as “Personal Pronoun” due to his ability to refer to himself several times in each and every sentence. Krudd, Turnbullllllll (still “potentially great” Sinc?) and Obami are all Contenders for the title

  16. Snoopy

    sabena
    #2859800, posted on November 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    A short example-light bulbs.Thanks to Malcolm we have been inflicted with gas discharge lamps instead of incandescent bulbs.We were promised that the change would produce lamps,which although more expensive,would last longer,which has turned out not to be the case.

    Yes, but they were full of mercury so there’s that. Please shut up.

  17. sabena

    Snoopy,mercury is used in fluorescent lamps,not incandescent lamps.Incandescent lamps use an inert gas.

  18. Robbo

    You came close but you didn’t actually use the phrases ; TURNBULL IS INCOMPETENT, TURNBULL IS A LIAR, TURNBULL IS A CHEAT, TURNBULL IS DISLOYAL.

  19. Leo G

    … mercury is used in fluorescent lamps,not incandescent lamps …

    Sabina, fluorescent lamps are mercury-vapour, gas discharge lamps that have a fluorescent coating on the inside surface of the glass enclosure. Both fluorescent and incandescent lamps contain inert gas.

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    Who is this pratt malcolm you speak of ? Is he related to kelvin prugg or joolian giliart ? I have heard of tommmy abbit who gets a few mentions ,a fireman or something isnt he ?. All this talk of the dead can be really upsetting , try and find something usefull to discuss ,becauuse you couukdnt call any of them usefull.

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