After deciding that the “overwhelming support” of the party room wasn’t enough to pursue the policy endorsed on Friday, Malfunction decided that he needed to change the policy because overwhelming support isn’t the same as enough support.
He changed it yesterday.
Sky News told us today that some Coalition members called for an end to the chaos and infighting… I immediately inferred that the rest were supporters of Tony Abbott.
On the ABC, Amanda Vanstone told us Turnbull got more votes today than when he first won the leadership. I suspect that she meant when he first became PM…
Then, on Sky, we were told that this was a great challenge because it was totally lacking in the acrimony of previous challenges. Apparently after the challenge the Liberals asked the Nationals to come into the party room, join hands and sing, “Kumba Ya” with the slightly changed lyric of
Turnbull’s praying, Lord, Kumba Ya, Dutton hasn’t got a prayer,
Oh Lord, Kumba Ya
The Nationals said that they hadn’t received the invitation in time, but they’d lay low and wait till after the drought before they dismissed climate change with all the energy of Barnaby Joyce.
The Project, on the other hand, attracted a lot of controversy because it was headed by the sort fo person who’ll be on the deportation list once Dutton…
Ok, I’ve been listening to interpretations of today’s spill…
Spill, now there’s a word. It suggests an accident. You know, someone was clumsy and they spilled something.
However, the spill from today was deliberate. I mean, Malcolm chose to call for a spill.
I guess I should be more respectful. After all, Malcolm is an ex-PM and as such he should be treated with more respect than addressing him by his first name. (I’m writing this on Tuesday and I’m presuming that it may out of date before anyone reads it!)
Anyway, I have it on good authority that Scott Morrison was more than a little smug last night because he was expecting that Dutton wasn’t going to challenge any time soon, so he’d have time to have his “friends” suggest that maybe it’d be a good idea if there was a compromise candidate and he’d slipstream into the job in the wind tunnel between the gap left by those who want Turnbull to be gone whatever the cost and those who don’t want Dutton to get the job because he doesn’t look like PM material… Although his looks may be his greatest asset.
But we had a spill.
And by “accident” we mean something that somebody did delberately which led to unintended consequences.
In breaking news, Darren Chester has pointed out that even National Party members aren’t stupid enough to think that Peter Dutton is electable.
Well, from what the media is saying, Mr Turnbull has until Thursday to turn things around. From what I hear, Peter Dutton has until Thursday to grasp the dagger or Scott Morrison will be PM before Christmas.
Further updates once they become available. Or even sooner if I feel the need to scoop the MSM.