Asked and Answered, Malcolm

On Thursday evening, 8 November 2018, former MP and PM Malcolm Bligh Turnbull appeared, jauntily jacketed, sans necktie, to “face” the nation (well, the carefully screened Q & A audience, one of whom, in a priceless moment, addressed him as ‘Tony’) in ABC’s Ultimo studios.

He knew his enemies.  Like the Nixon Administration, Turnbull-in-Exile has drawn an Enemies List.  The enemies include Mathias Corman, News Limited (Rupert Murdoch), Peter Dutton, Radio 2GB, Right-wing extremists (see ‘Tony Abbott’ below), Sky News, Tony Abbott.  This is not an exhaustive list.  Perhaps Malcolm will release a complete one in due course, just before the next Federal Election.

Yes, he knew his enemies, but not their motivation.  For the life of him, he could not fathom why the various forces arraigned would ‘blow-up’ his government, an obvious act of madness.  Maybe they had a death wish?  Maybe they secretly wanted to lose the next election, what with employment up, and so on. It was something all Australians were entitled to know, but he couldn’t assist.  He was genuinely in the dark.

We feel this must be fundamentally true.  Malcolm will always be in the dark, because he couldn’t find illumination with a torch or a coal-fired power station.  The Varnished Culture will try to help. As to the answer he so fervently seeks, we’re not sure that most Australians care – most are fairly robust about losing Prime Ministers – life goes on, stocks go up and down, who cares?  Even about you, Mal.  But we understand that you care about you, very deeply.  So here goes.  We surmise that you were challenged and forced to remove yourself as Prime Minister because:

  1. You’re smug and insufferable.
  2. Politically, you’ve a tin-ear and a wooden heart.
  3. Whilst allegedly a member of the Liberal Party since 1973 (apart from a flirtation with Labor) you’re actually a LINO.
  4. You are an incurable faddist.
  5. What you are ignorant of, cannot exist.
  6. There’s less empathy in you for ordinary folks than in any PM since Stanley Melbourne Bruce.
  7. You list a postal survey and a bonking ban among your major achievements.
  8. When you knifed Brendan Nelson and Tony Abbott to don the Imperial Purple, that was Different.
  9. Single-handed, you turned a healthy majority in the House of Representatives to dust.
  10. You style the disastrous 2016 election result as the ‘people embracing your leadership’.
  11. You were negligently uncritical of climate change theory.
  12. You were a weather-vane on energy policy.
  13. You were a weather-vane on high speed rail, a free vote on marriage equality, tax reform and Safe Schools.
  14. You were a weather-vane on GST and State-based income-tax policy.
  15. You sulked when you needed to be strong (e.g. the 2016 election, the Wentworth by-election).
  16. You waffled or vanished when you should have stood and fought, even if that might displease Leigh Sales.
  17. You boasted of ‘creating’ jobs when you knew that was balderdash.
  18. You’re a lot less smart than you and many others think.
  19. You’ve claimed the Guinness World record for consecutive lost News-polls.
  20. You’re ‘not always right, but never in doubt.’

Got it, now?

1 Comment

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    Steve Hill

    December 23, 2018

    Google 'delusions of grandeur' and the above picture is displayed


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