One of the lessons you quickly learn (hopefully) when you first get married is to recognise when you have dropped yourself in a hole is to simply cop it sweet and stop digging. Sure you can keep digging but invariably the hole just gets deeper and it’s harder to climb out.
Apparently this is a lesson still to be learned by Tony Abbott, or at least he hasn’t worked out it’s exactly the same in politics, but whatever the reason, it’s time to “take it like a man” and move on.
For those not watching Aussie politics this little storm in a tea cup came from a recent visit to Afghanistan by Julia Gillard who also extended an invite to the Leader of the Opposition. Tony was already booked to attend the British version of the Libs party conference and declined the invitation.
So far so good. But to Tony’s embarrassment, someone from the Sydney Morning Herald scandal sheet picked up on the invitation. A little embarrassing but still no biggie but then the trouble started. When questioned about the reason he replied he didn’t want to be jet lagged for the Tory conference.
Hmm. This was getting serious but could be covered by whipping out travel plans to go to Afghanistan in the very near future and indeed this was done. But alas the ego kicked in and he tried to spin some mileage out of the problem.
Any long term married men would have cautioned against this idea. In fact most would have backed out before the Jet lag defence but because Tony is a full on kinda guy, and doesn’t recognise his problem of not being very good at thinking on his feet, he went for Gold.
Claims of acts of bastardry and gutter politics were thrown around (dare I say) Liberally all of which came to nought when the media person denied Gillard involvement. Then to deepen out the hole just a little more, Christopher Pyne decided to come to Tony’s aid in an effort that even Barnaby Joyce couldn’t have managed by re-iterating the claims just as Tony was trying to back down quietly.
Meanwhile Julia has employed the Rudd defence by standing back and looking like a professional Prime Minister while Abbott chases his tail and digs in deeper with the media recording every comical sound bite.
Tony has now dropped 10 points in the polling and it looks like predictions of him sinking without a trace are proving to be true. For me though a question exists. Is Pyne making a play for the top job or is he just incompetent?
My money is still on Turnbull to take over the party and well before the next Election, especially now Tony is still worrying the sore that no one else even cares about.