Friday May 4 2018
In today’s mainstream media I read a report that a group had been formed to try to wrench the nomination for the seat of Warringah from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Most people would assume that it is his forever and a day. But that is not the case.
His performance as the Member for the blue ribbon seat of Warringah has really been abysmal to say the least. What was a 15% margin in the once safe seat has been chopped down to 5% and the local members aren’t very happy. I’m not surprised. Regardless of party I would expect that no group would want to be represented by the greatest liar to ever have set foot on the floor coverings of Parliament House.
And his negative running commentary on the party he once led since losing the leadership has been on the margin of a traitor to the cause. What a dreadful leader he was and member he still is – milking his position for every drop of power and personal advantage he could extract from it.
Warringah, meaning, ‘sign of rain’, ‘across the waves’ and ‘sea’, has been held by the sitting Liberal member since 1994. An affluent seat it was once considered safe with a margin of 16%. It is now 5% and given the quality of governance by both he and Turnbull it must now be considered marginal.
So, given that Tony Abbott stands again for pre-selection there is a strong chance he will not be pre-selected or if he is he might go the way of former PM John Howard. I cannot imagine how any party would want to be represented by such a clown.
“Tony Abbott’s political future could be under threat from a group of activists who have been organising environmentally conscious voters to join Liberal party branches on Sydney’s north shore – a move that could unseat the former prime minister.
Billing themselves as “the counterweight” to the pro-coal power Monash Forum, the North Shore Environmental Stewards have held at least two recruitment functions at which attendees were urged to tap into their networks of environmentally conscious people to join the Liberal party branches in Abbott’s seat of Warringah and on the lower north shore.”
Will he stand or not?
My feeling is that he will. He wouldn’t survive outside of the cut and thrust of politics. He needs heads to kick and faces to insult. His whole background speaks of aggression. It’s what he lives for. He will always need a payback forum. One in which he is able to abuse and snarl at those he opposes. An ego that sits far above his intelligence will not be able to walk away from it until old scores are settled.
My thought for the day
“According to Newspoll the worse they get, the more popular they become” (The Coalition, I mean).
An afterthought from an article I wrote when Abbott was Opposition Leader
Tony Abbott if nothing else is a very colourful character. He is aggressive both physically and in the use of language. His negativity is legendary and he has little consideration for any ideas other than his own and says NO to his opponents policies regardless of their worthiness. He is by evidence and his own admission a liar of some regularity. Added to that he has a political gutter mentality and little respect for the institution of parliament and its conventions.He started the decline of our democracy.