I am disappointed by the comments of Malcolm Turnbull suggesting that he would not challenge Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership prior to the forthcoming election. The Labor Party is a train wreck being led by a verbose simpleton who really should retire. The Labor Party should be replaced as the government if he is at the helm. The possible current replacement however is unattractive. Tony Abbott, once a man of some Catholic convictions, is now a populist babbler who seeks only to wrest power. He will be an inappropriate uninspiring PM who most Australians dislike. Australian politics is in a terrible mess since, as it stands, neither side of politics offers people a decent choice.
It doesn’t matter which major party wins the forthcoming poll Australia will definitely lose unless there is a change in the Liberal Party leadership. The Liberal Party itself will also be disadvantaged.
Man-up Malcolm and get rid of Abbott. The Liberal Party will romp in at the next election – your personal popularity in the electorate guarantees this – and a really bad outcome (Rudd or Abbott) will be avoided. Yes, you are a bit domineering as a leader so reason with all your ministerial colleagues that you have changed. Rudd did that and got away with it. The Liberal shadow ministry has no great strengths – indeed that is part of the reason the Liberals do need to undergo a comprehensive reform.
It might be that Malcolm Turnbull will still receive a last minute push to be party leader just as Rudd did. The best scenario is continuing improvement in Labor’s opinion poll rankings and the fear of conservatives that they will again be denied government. It is a faint hope but like Labor, the Liberals need to address the issue of electoral unpopularity.
Update: Michael Short at The Age agrees but then, so do many. It will be a possibility if the next few polls show Rudd likely to win.