Boring beyond inanity

Because no one else has mentioned it, and I do so only to fill in the void, I can see just how uninterested anyone is in Malcolm Turnbull’s memoire which is discussed in The Oz today, exclusively: Inside Malcolm’s big-picture world of gossip and axe-grinding. This lack of interest is a clear sign of how lack-lustre he himself was, how incompetently he dealt with the events he oversaw and how dull his reflections on his time in office are. This is beyond tedious, and I only raise it here so that we are aware that the book will be available Monday. It’s the only reason I can think of to be pleased that many bookshops are now shut.

Malcolm Turnbull has sensationally claimed that Scott Morrison and the Coalition he once led didn’t deserve to win the 2019 election and delivered highly personal accounts of his relationship with the current Prime Minister and scathing assessments of his former cabinet colleagues.

In his highly anticipated memoir, due to be released on Monday, Mr Turnbull recounts his own version of events that led to his dismissal as prime minister in August 2018, while revealing the darkest days of a political career that was marked by a bout of severe ­depression.

In claims that will be hotly disputed by those he attacks, Mr Turnbull says that colleagues of Mr Morrison, including the Prime Minister’s now closest confidants Mathias Cormann and Peter Dutton, had once described Mr Morrison as a “Machiavellian plotter” who could not be trusted.

According to those who have read the manuscripts, Mr Turnbull describes Mr Dutton as a “narcissist” and “self-delusional” in his belief that he could become prime minister while revealing his personal anguish at what he believes was the ultimate betrayal at the hands of his finance minister, Senator Cormann.

If these are the highlights, cannot picture anyone actually making it through the book.

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90 Responses to Boring beyond inanity

  1. According to those who have read the manuscripts, Mr Turnbull describes himself as a “narcissist” and “self-delusional” in his belief that he could remain as prime minister while revealing his personal delight at what he believes was his ultimate betrayal of Tony Abbott.

  2. sensationally claimed, highly personal, highly anticipated memoir, hotly disputed, ultimate betrayal.

    I wonder if young Alex had a hand in drafting that puke.

  3. Tim Neilson

    In his highly anticipated memoir, due to be released on Monday, Mr Turnbull recounts his own version of events that led to his dismissal as prime minister in August 2018, while revealing the darkest days of a political career that was marked by a bout of severe ­depression among discerning patriots.

    FIFY

  4. Struth

    In his highly anticipated memoir,

    woops, lost me there.
    Too bored with the subject matter in these few paragraphs to continue.
    People reading that in lock up-down, may have severe mental anguish, and serves them bloody right.

  5. yarpos

    I wonder if the great memoir will reveal who knew what and when in regard to lucky Alex’s extremely well timed Infigen dealing. Probably not.

    https://stopthesethings.com/2017/03/13/born-lucky-stars-align-perfectly-for-pms-son-with-mammoth-bet-on-wind-power-outfit-infigen/

  6. Candy

    It is probably quite interesting in its way.
    I imagine at least more truthful than Nikki Savva.

    Apparently he calls Chris Pyne a “gossip”. That is quite interesting.

  7. Mother Lode

    In claims that will be hotly disputed by those he attacks, Mr Turnbull says that colleagues of Mr Morrison, including the Prime Minister’s now closest confidants Mathias Cormann and Peter Dutton, had once described Mr Morrison as a “Machiavellian plotter” who could not be trusted.

    According to those who have read the manuscripts, Mr Turnbull describes Mr Dutton as a “narcissist” and “self-delusional” in his belief that he could become prime minister while revealing his personal anguish at what he believes was the ultimate betrayal at the hands of his finance minister, Senator Cormann.

    Oh! The ironing!

  8. Some History

    Trumble should consider himself very fortunate that his book launch is during a lockdown. No-one showing up is understandable. It spares him the embarrassment of no-one showing up in normal times.

    https://imgur.com/2pEWXor

    I have to go now. The topic of Trumble is draining the life force from me. Bye.

  9. Lee

    For every fault or wrongdoing Turnbull claims to see in others, it is umpteen times worse in him.
    For him to talk of “betrayal” by others is sickening in its hypocrisy.

  10. Lack of self awareness among the regressive socialists is remarkable isn’t it?

    If his depression consumes him and I see a pic of Lucy and Alex in front of a health facility with tears in their eyes, I’ll finally uncork the 1992 Grange I’ve been hoarding.

  11. Professor Fred Lenin

    He thinks so much of Australia he keeps his fortune in the Cayman Islands to save the ATO the chore of checking on it ,now isnt thst considerate of him .hes all heart and a Grate Paytrot .

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    Psychiatrists must hear stories like this from delusional paranoid patients , be a classical rant of those afflicted with paranoia , “they are all plotting against me “.

  13. Terry

    I understand you will be able to buy copies in packs of 8,12,16 or 24 – a bit scratchy though.

    The ACCC will be closely monitoring against hoarders (or is that whore-ders).

    I wonder if we should keep just one copy as evidence for when we finally get around to the treason trials.

  14. duncanm

    In claims that will be hotly disputed by those he attacks, Mr Turnbull says that colleagues of Mr Morrison, including the Prime Minister’s now closest confidants Mathias Cormann and Peter Dutton, had once described Mr Morrison as a “Machiavellian plotter” who could not be trusted.

    According to those who have read the manuscripts, Mr Turnbull describes Mr Dutton as a “narcissist” and “self-delusional” in his belief that he could become prime minister while revealing his personal anguish at what he believes was the ultimate betrayal at the hands of his finance minister, Senator Cormann.

    Malcolm the pot, meet kettle.

  15. Chris

    The only reason I would buy the book would be as a replacement for the currently unavailable toilet paper!

  16. nfw

    Why do “they” constantly think we proles are interested in “them”? It really is “look at me, look at me” isn’t it?

  17. “Mission Statement:
    Denigrate all others of my political party and divert attention from the flaws, political and ethical, that brought abut my career demise.”

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    Without a skerrick of humility Malcolm has two great sins that stand out — malicious envy and hubristic pride – which for me explains everything

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Without a skerrick of humility Malcolm has two great sins that stand out — malicious envy and hubristic pride – which for me explains everything

    I’ll bet good money that, when Malcolm reduced the Liberal Party to a smoking ruin of it’s former self, and gifted Bill Shorten with Government, his reward was to be first President of an Australian Republic.

  20. Jock

    I know it is bad to make fun of the disabled and the mentally unstable. But in Malcolms case how can anyone hold back. He says he was feeling suicidal. Will the Victorian police investigate him? Atthe least they should interview suicidal.

    I haven’t read the articles on the book in theoz by Benson. I would rather have my eyes pierced than read anything about Malcolm the cowardly back stabbing narcissist.

  21. Bazinga

    I think the characters in his book are other personalities of the shiny paladin excrement repelling protagonist; and given familiar names for marketing. Morrison is the Machaivellian plotter, Dutton is the self delusional narcisist, Pyne is the catty maven, Corman is the Judas, and Abbot is the polar opposite.

  22. Bazinga

    By that I mean no one exists in his world apart from Turnbull.

  23. Brendan Nelson correctly diagnosed this fraud years ago.

  24. Chris M

    The Liberals are utter imbeciles accepting this lunatic now baying at the gate as not only a member but their leader! That party is done & time for its permanent quarantine, for our protection.

  25. H B Bear

    History has already passed judgment on Waffleworth. Gone and forgotten.

    Worse than Fraser.

  26. Boambee John

    Prof Fred

    “they are all plotting against me “.

    Courtesy of the Carry On team.

    “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!”

  27. Some History

    Health “experts” now fear a double pandemic – covid-19 and alcohol abuse.

  28. Some History

    If you missed it from the OT

    Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/15/drinking-alcohol-can-make-the-coronavirus-worse-the-who-says-in-recommending-restricting-access.html

  29. Some History

    Sorry, wrong thread.
    🙂

  30. Robber Baron

    I would love to read Philippa Martyr’s review of Turnbull’s book.

  31. WolfmanOz

    Given what the country and the world is going through at the moment with COVID-19, who gives a sh!t about Malcolm Turnbull.

    As Bogie said:

    “it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

  32. Some History

    Das Projekt interviewing Pru Goward on “herd immunity”.

    I think there is a mental health emergency!

  33. Some History

    Oops. How embarrassment.

  34. Hay Stockard

    The voters of Wentworth have much to answer for.

  35. Hay Stockard

    Head boy at Grammar too. Parvenu arriviste.

  36. Leo G

    Worse than Fraser.

    A Bigger Projection?

  37. Graham

    The thing that struck me most about today’s reports about Chairman Mal’s book was just how lacking in any political nous the man was. According to the report Mal wanted an Australian edition of that wretched leftist rag ‘The Guardian’ established and helped bring this about. Why?
    Malcolm was always in the wrong political party, and has done enormous damage to the Liberal Party. I hope John Howard regrets persuading him to stay on after he was rightly put to the sword in 2009.

  38. Roger

    I hope John Howard regrets persuading him to stay on after he was rightly put to the sword in 2009.

    JH has much to regret.

  39. Rafe Champion

    Likely to be read by more ALP and Green supporters than Coalition voters.

  40. Vagabond

    I never thought there could be a worse PM than Whitlam but the Turd has seized that crown. He achieved the feat of making me vote for the liars rather than his stooge Kelly O’Dwyer in 2016. Words can’t express the contempt he deserves.

  41. Gyro Cadiz

    I might actually get a copy.

    I’ll check the buck-a-book remainder bins on Tuesday morning.

  42. Some History

    I’ll check the buck-a-book remainder bins on Tuesday morning.

    It’ll be next to some of Pirate Pete’s “literary” works.

  43. Ac

    No doubt he will be welcomed onto the ABC to hammer The conservatives.

    Such a turd and the ABC are such lightweights

  44. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ll check the buck-a-book remainder bins on Tuesday morning.

    It’ll be next to some of Pirate Pete’s “literary” works.

    It will be next to Derryn Hinch’s self justifying prose, and Louise Mulligan’s hatchet job.

  45. nb

    Graham, #3414434, posted on April 16, 2020 at 7:05 pm says:
    ‘Malcolm was always in the wrong political party, and has done enormous damage to the Liberal Party’
    Well, doubtless true, but the Libs allowed it, encouraged it, so it’s an own goal on their part.

    ABC flogging the book on its ‘news’ this evening. Nice free advertising spot, courtesy of the taxpayer.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Quote from Michael Smith – quite apt!

    Doubtful John said…

    The foreword should be straight from Redgum’s Beaumont Rag:

    “I am a wealthy barrister, about a hundred bucks a word,
    I’ve got a plumb stuck in my mouth and I’m really such a,
    really such a turd.
    I love to read the Bulletin and watch the ABC,
    I love to wear my well informed opinions constantly,
    all my friends are professionals from polite society,
    So come and sing the middle class Liberal,
    I’ve got a home in Beaumont rag with me.”
    Reply Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 02:07 PM

  47. Tintarella di Luna

    JH has much to regret.

    And I regret much about JH

  48. Howard Hill

    Chris
    #3414224, posted on April 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    The only reason I would buy the book would be as a replacement for the currently unavailable toilet paper!

    The Age and Sydney Morning Horror are cheaper and have less shit in them.
    I wouldn’t even buy it to burn it in disgust!

  49. nb

    Looks like there’ll be a 30 minute ABC TV marketing special for Trumble next week some time. I hope they have a buy direct phone-in facility. I wonder if they’ll reach target sales by the end of the promo.

  50. Texas Jack

    Back in 2007 a bunch of mates and I decided that Howard might well lose Bennelong, but that we should try our best to help the Libs save some of the furniture in what promised to be a wipeout. None of us were remotely comfortable with the idea of Rudd as PM or Swan as Treasurer, or anything else about an ALP win. So, crazily, we made an offer to come across the harbour and try to assist the Turnbull campaign in the fight for Wentworth, and ended up handing out how-to-votes and wasting boring hours as scrutineers in Coogee Public.
    I now get nauseous at the thought of how stupid we were. It would have saved everyone if Turnbull had been given the heave-ho in 2007.
    We were mad….

  51. Professor Fred Lenin

    Did he show his three applications to join the alp ,the three that were knocked back,instead they recruited him as a Manchurian Candidate to destroy the liberal party , he succeeded beyond his controllers wildest dreams . He already has the order of Evatt with bar.and will now get the order of Whitlam with crossed eyes ,glory indeed .

  52. Pedro the Loafer

    The only good thing MalTurd did during his time as God/Emperor was to skittle Krudds shot at being elected Secretary General of the UN.

    The abusive and foul mouthed rant from the pasty faced earwax muncher at Mal was awe inspiring.

    My apple cheeked old Granny would not have approved of the language, however.

  53. Infidel Tiger King

    John Howard laid so many landmines for Australia and its future he should be at The Hague facing war crimes.

  54. Squirrel

    Even if it doesn’t have Lathamesque zingers like “conga line of suck-holes”, the main use of this tome will be as a source of tedious gotcha efforts in Question Time from an ALP which is still very obviously sulking about the 2019 election result.

  55. Overburdened

    First comment on the money.

    For a narcissist a significant failure of their absolute surety that their plan is best always leads to suicidal thoughts. Narcissists know that this will pass and they will again regain control. Hence the repetition of the behaviour.

    Turnbull is the product of his bloodline and he did well with a server in the earlier days of the internet, which showed opportunity and acumen.

    The nub of the issue is about happiness. What you do in the world can’t create this.

    Basically Turnbull has shit social skills.

  56. Gyro Cadiz

    SH:

    It’ll be next to some of Pirate Pete’s “literary” works.

    Apparently there’s no point. People using Pirate Pete’s books as toilet paper are finding that the sh*t rejects them.

    Also reported that the SMH, Age, Gruniard etc are OK: the sh*t feels right at home.

  57. Rafe Champion

    I wonder if he will give Kevin a copy (autographed)?

    I wonder who is on the list for freebies in addition to review copies – perhaps the traitors who stabbed Abbott in the back? Would Sinc qualify?

    How long will it take to move from Recent Releases to Discounts to Remainders and finally the Buck a Book Bin?

  58. Robbo

    Turnbull is a self obsessed tosser who remains convinced that he was, and still is, wonderful. He dismisses any other opinion of him and of his disastrous reign as PM. He and that awful little piece of crap Rudd are so alike it is scary. Both are incompetent, mendacious, untrustworthy and disloyal but at least Rudd stuck with his Party. Turnbull on the other hand just used the Liberal Party to get where he wanted and if he had had any sense of decency he would have joined the Labor Party where he would have been among people just like him. Now this political rodent is attempting to rewrite history. In that he fails to understand that no one will believe him but of course he is so deluded that he will never believe that. This pompous nobody should just go away and remain silent because he has nothing to say that will interest anyone.

  59. Hugh

    Why has my adult life coincided with some of the worst prime ministers in Australia’s history? Gough “I’m not having these xxxing Vietnamese Balts coming to the country …”, Malcolm “Ayn Rand” (ha ha) Fraser, Kevin “This reckless spending has to stop!” Rudd, Julia “hyperbowl” Gillard, and Malcolm spiral bulb, Snowy Hydro 2.0 Turnbull ?

    That’s not to imply the other PMs in between were exactly stellar, but at least they had their good points by way of (some) policy, vision, acumen, or the ability to construct a syllogism, however debatable the premises.

    Sheesh, am I a lone spoilt brat for whingeing about this?

  60. Overburdened

    Malcolm who?

    Spoken like a true kiwi.

    There’s a job waiting for you back home.

    It just doesn’t pay as well.

  61. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    The front page of The Australian today has a photo of the li’l fella seated, legs crossed like an Arden girl, next to that Rudd sheila, who has his head raised, cocked and thoughtful, posing as Aris-bloody-totle.

    I reckon there is a fair chance it was taken in the ground floor foyer of the UN building in New York, where they sit together as kindred spirits hoping to be noticed, three days of every week. Then trudging home to their solitary existence in their ritzy apartments, each cultivating well deserved deep personal depression.

    It’s a photo finish for which one of the meaningless turds is the most underwhelming.

  62. RobK

    JH has much to regret.
    Indeed.

  63. mh

    I’m thinking ScoMo will be the first PM since Howard to serve a full term.

  64. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    This book is bum food of the lowest order. However it will be on the shelves in a week or two at giveaway prices and if competitive, sheet for sheet with Quilton I might give it a go!

  65. duncanm

    Cui Bono
    #3414271, posted on April 16, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Brendan Nelson correctly diagnosed this fraud years ago.

    For reference

    “I’m not vindictive, I don’t lie awake at night with a chip on my shoulder. But he’s a person who wants to tempt you in that direction.”

    Nelson manages some restraint: “If you had any idea of what he said to me over those 10 months [of Nelson’s leadership], you would be shocked.” Such as? Nelson resists: “Maybe one day, maybe in a few years.”

    Yet the former medical practitioner feels the need to diagnose Malcolm Turnbull’s condition. Says Dr Nelson: “You need to look up narcissistic personality disorder. There’s about 5 per cent of the population who are born with narcissistic traits, and about 2 per cent have narcissism. He’s got narcissistic personality disorder.

    “He says the most appalling things and can’t understand why people get upset. He has no empathy.

    “At first, I thought he was demonstrative, demanding, emotional and narcissistic, using his wealth and charm for seduction, and always with a sinister threat just beneath the surface.”

    Nelson cites the anecdote that Turnbull related to my colleague, Annabel Crabb, of how Kerry Packer had once threatened to kill him for pulling out of a business deal, and how Turnbull had responded by threatening to kill Packer if Packer’s assassin missed.

    “At first, I didn’t think it was that bad. But it is. Most of the people who supported him [in the Liberal party room ballot for the leadership] voted for him to get rid of him,” assuming that he would fail as leader and be discarded.

  66. Rob

    Like the nightman from “The outcasts of Foolgarah”, Turnbull is staggering around with a brimming can that doesn’t have a lid.

  67. Ubique

    Highly anticipated memoir

    Highly anticipated by whom? Beyond subscribers to the Green Left Weekly, we can’t imagine.

  68. billie

    the ABC will be thrilled with this

    Mal as a regular guest, spleen venting on call

  69. miltonf

    Still can’t understand why Howard was so enamored with him.

  70. Xword

    Matt Canavan on Bolt last night described Turnbull’s tenure as that of a gymnast who would unfortunately be judged on the quality of his dismount. Sorry Matt, but please list anything this stumbling goose did during his prior routine that may have impressed the judges

  71. Porkchop

    I maintain he’s still “potentially great”.

  72. Mother Lode

    I actually might buy a copy or two – depending on how thick they are: One of the beds at my sister’s house has a caster missing and this might be a cheap fix.

    They better not be more than 50c a copy though.

  73. jupes

    Turnbull and Krudd are peas in a pod. Narcissistic, incompetent blowhards. What does it say about Australia that we elected these absolutely appalling human beings as our Prime Minister?

    Seriously, the whole country needs to give itself an uppercut.

  74. Up The Workers!

    Hey Thrillseekers!

    Wait till Tuesday before buying a copy of Malcontent Turncoat’s book from the remainders bin, where you should be able to pick up a copy for 50 cents or less, after which you can run the gauntlet of Dodgy Dan’s Blackshirts looking to boost his revenue to pay for all his latest self-awarded pay-rises, by fining the peasantry $1,600.00 dollars per head for breaching Socialist House-Arrest by being out for non-essential (Verboten!) purposes.

    Not only will you have wasted 50 cents buying a wad of non-perforated lavatory paper with printers’ ink on each sheet, but it will have cost you an extra $1,600.00 for the privilege.

  75. Iampeter

    Gotta love people who support the likes of Howard, Abbott, Trump, try and dump on someone like Turnbull because he’s “left wing” or “a narcissist” or “a blowhard.”

    Likely to be read by more ALP and Green supporters than Coalition voters.

    Why? He’s the LEAST left wing leader the Coalition has had in decades.

    John Howard laid so many landmines for Australia and its future he should be at The Hague facing war crimes.

    Well yea, he is the most left wing PM in Australia’s history…oh…you mean because he encouraged Turnbull to stay, don’t you?

  76. Mother Lode

    Turnbull and Krudd are peas in a pod

    “Two pees in a urinal” might be closer.

  77. min

    Turnbull showed some of his traits when acting as a consultant for HIH and was hauled into court after the collapse of the company. He acted similarly in electioneering for the election he almost lost , swan around , lax and lazy. What I cannot understand why he is still in the Liberal Party . Ross Cameron got tossed out for 4 years for stating the truth.

  78. H B Bear

    Ie there a chapter on Potential Greatness?

    Ghost written by Sinc?

  79. Cynic of Ayr

    Strong, the bullshit is, in this one.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Turnbull and Hewson. The two “angry old men” of the Liberal party.

  81. Chris

    JH has much to regret.

    I didn’t know I could feel real anger until I met John Howard in person. As I shook his hand this huge bubble came up in me. ‘Wow, is this for real’ I thought; ‘don’t act on this.’
    I have had 25 years of dealing with the oppression his gun laws deliver to owners. I hope he is having his ashes scattered because there is a line 100,000 strong waiting to take a shit on his grave.

  82. Amadeus

    Some relief, finally. The rush to stock up on Turnbull’s work of fantasy as toilet paper will flatten like that other flattening thingo.

    Turnbull’s work of fiction is likely to become the fastest printed book to reach 1,000 copies for $1…wholesale.

    My Dobermann is going to have such fun chewing up this litter-laden magnum opus. Should be easier on his fangs than the raw beef leg bones he normally demolishes. Have to be quick to pick up any remaining copies after Lucy and Alex buy up the print-run.

  83. stevem

    You can bet this will sell really well. For a man who paid millions to be PM, a couple of hundred K to ensure a #1 seller is chicken feed – would he settle for less?

  84. hzhousewife

    What is Ross Cameron up to these days? Miss him.

  85. Overburdened

    Following on, Turnbull is now turning into a sideshow and he is a clown.

  86. Davey Boy

    Documentary: The Making of Malcolm’s Memoir (NSFW)

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