Fall Of The Whirling Dervish

19 Nov

Abbott is balancing on a tightrope of his own making and, let’s face it, he does not exactly have the most delicate balance. The real problem for Australia is, that when he falls, and fall he will, he takes us over the edge with him. Sadly, my fear of him becoming PM – that’s fear for Australia, not of him – is playing out like an horrific traffic accident in slow motion.

THE PUB

Three months is all it took.

Three months and the mistaken belief that a series of snarky heckling points in QT, borne of hubris and post-election triumphalism, would be seen merely as “robust Australian politics” by the Indonesians.

When I think of the column-miles of bullshit written about how Abbott was a natural at diplomacy (much better than the professionals), had “repaired” the relationship in one afternoon meeting with SBY and had come back to Australia with a Foreign Affairs miracle under his arm… and then contrast all that with where we are today… it really does make you want to sob with frustration.

Alexander Downer saw yesterday’s developments for what they were – a looming disaster, if not an actual one – but he, too, put in his two bob’s worth a few weeks ago on The Drum, by subscribing to the Rad Hadley/2GB view of relations between the…

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