Hard to see where Abbott, Pyne and Hockey go from here. Slipper seems innocent as charged. Thomson seems to have been framed, and to have been so wrongly persecuted that he, and his dignified oration, and the death threats against him, lost Abbott half a million supporters. The Budget was in surplus though Abbott swore it never would be. Pyne’s conspiracy with Ashby, probably treason, against the duly elected Speaker of the House will earn the Liberals no favours when he is back soon in the Chair. The idea that parliament is ‘toxic’ and must be urgently wound up, abandoned, abolished, sacked, seems more and more ridiculous each day it passes legislation and gives money to housewives and old people and disabled people and builds school halls and rebuilds flooded towns. And … the figures this morning … better than any in the world … well …
Joe has called Swanny ‘Australia’s worst Treasurer ever’. And he now claims the figures ‘would have been even better if we’d had a good government’ after saying for weeks the economy was tanking, and ‘what a danger to every Australian Wayne Swan is’, wanly smiling as he exits the room looking shamefaced and awkward and stupid.
It will take a while, but these things, all these things, plus the AWB revelations tomorrow, and Newman’s assault on the Barrier Reef, and O’Farrell’s unleashed mad shooters in the national parks eating fried koala and parboiled lorikeets, and Abbott’s history as an accused but acquitted groper, and Heffernan’s as a poofter basher, and Pyne’s as a shrieking twerpy nuisance, will ensure the end of the Liberal Party as a force in the land by … oh … January, 2016? February?
You can’t keep crying wolf, and telling big lies, and hurting innocent people. You can’t. Eventually it catches up with you.
Soon a Senate Enquiry will be asking, ‘Why did our Deputy Prime Minister give two hundred and ninety-seven million dollars to Saddam Hussein?’ And the Coalition’s numbers will drop, I think, precipitously round then.
Round August, I’d say.
And Labor will be well ahead by September.
Prove that I lie.