Abbott’s brown shirts fume

So much for going gently into that good night, from the AFR:

Liberals still seething over last week’s leadership spill are vowing to target Treasurer Scott Morrison, who has found himself the ongoing focus of Tony Abbott’s ire.

Mr Abbott accused Mr Morrison of “badly misleading” the Australian people after Mr Morrison said last week that he had tried to warn Mr Abbott ‘s office three days before he was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull that the brewing coup was a real threat.

“Not true, not true; Scott never warned anyone,” Mr Abbott told The Daily Telegraph.

“He certainly never warned me. I spoke to him on Friday [before the coup]: not a hint of a warning.

Who cares what happened, Tony, you are fool and got what you deserved.

But no! From Fairfax:

Malcolm Turnbull’s overthrow of Tony Abbott has “set off a civil war within News Corp”, according to one of the publisher’s most popular and conservative commentators, Andrew Bolt.

In a personal attack during his regular 2GB radio show with Steve Price, Mr Bolt said The Australian‘s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell had acted unprofessionally by pursuing “personal vendettas” against him.

…Mr Mitchell told The Australian in response that the readers of Bolt’s blog were different from The Australian‘s core demographic.

“Bolt’s audience includes many conservative retirees whereas The Australian‘s readership is younger, rich, better educated and working in legal, political or the business community,” he said. “These people don’t read the Tele or Bolt.”

Petty stuff, really, much like last week’s Ray Hadley assault. The brown shirted brigade is united in a kind of weird soft fascism that combines nationalism, border control, fanatical resistance to climate change as an idea and deep social conservatism but it does not appear to have much ideological ballast beyond that.

I’d be surprised if there is enough there to make for a sustained and disruptive attack on the Liberal Party. More like the buzzing of background crazies.

Comments

  1. The shitstorm will come sooner and be more ferocious than after the Rudd coup.

    And Strayans have yet to call out Turncoats smug intellectual suaviness….

    3. 2. 1.

    • Nah.
      The Liberal party rewards success over all else and punishes failure.
      Mal will be a successful centrist leader.
      Tony was a failure. Credlin is gone.
      Time to move on.

  2. Incredulous Credlin too at a function last night. Though not addressing the spill directly, Credlin used the gender card to explain the hostility to her m o.

  3. Sooooooo the very ones who were trying their best to sell-out Australia’s sovereignty through pushing the so called Free Trade Agreements with China and the USA, glad to sell-out Australians’ jobs IN AUSTRALIA through the FTAs and work visas, and turned a blind eye to the wholesale illegal selling of Australian homes to foreigners, including massive money laundering at the expense of Australia’s young and future generations, are whinging about being done in the back???????? These shameless bastards don’t know their arses from their mouths – most probably one and the same.

    • I wonder what kind of ‘nationalism’ it is when you’re happy to sell out your fellow Aussies to wealthy foreigners but have a huge problem with powerless refugees?

      Something something class warfare.

  4. From AFR:

    “One Liberal still angry at events said Mr Abbott’s outburst was “not the end of it” and the new Treasurer would be the target of ongoing ire from the right.

    “We’re not going to let him become the [leadership] successor,” he said.”

    I’d like to know who will be the RWNJ’s favoured successor if they managed to destroy Morrison. If you enjoyed Labor’s Killing Season, just wait for the Liberal version coming soon.

    • Yes, and on that note, Howard is also to blame for this imbroglio. Abbott was his Chosen One – he nurtured and shaped him to succeed as the next leader and used his influence to deny others both during and after his term.. A serious lack of judgement that he later regretted, too late.

      • That’s something that will always puzzle me.
        Howard is no dummy.
        He must have recognized that the wheels were falling off the Abbott govt and taking everyone else down with them.
        Was he so blinded by ideology? Personal or party loyalty?
        As “The Greatest Living Liberal” he could have used some of his influence but didn’t.
        Howards legacy now tarnished by association with these pack of fools.

      • My understanding is that Howard tried to talk some sense in to Abbott on several occasions but Abbott refused to listen.

  5. The dogs bark and the caravan moves on.

    The only thing of significance has been that the outcome of change has been “well received” by the broad population.

    • So true. They’re even getting their own nicknames: ScoMo etc. Though, I suppose that’s not a bad idea. If you take Arthur Sinodinos for example, we haven’t seen much of him in parliament lately, but now, we need something to distinguish him from other AS’s in the public eye. Now that he’s attending regularly, may I tentatively suggest something like Arthur “Daley” Sinodinos. Have I spelt that right?

  6. Tony… exhibit “A” wrt indoctrinated conditioning…. think Menger as the original fruit fly… several generations latter….

  7. Tony Abbott has demonstrated (at least to me) that he was at best a poor excuse for a PM and he is a poor excuse for a MAN as well, in fact I can’t think of anything someone like Abbott would be any good at!

    I would love to know what his wife and daughters really thought of him, could he really be so different in his home life as elsewhere?

    He will be encouraged to resign with Hockey and he will then go and work for Murdoch who is his only likely employer, he can shirtfront some children somewhere.

    No amount drubbing of this piece of dirt will satisfy my lust for justice to be done to this weak and ugly Australian imported from England.

    • “I can’t think of anything someone like Abbott would be any good at”

      Hotel manager? Parking inspector? Uniformed police officer? Rural talkback radio presenter?

      Actually, I reckon he’d make a good CFMEU building site inspector too. I wonder if they’ll give him a job.

    • I agree. There hasn’t been enough dissection of his family life, how did he perform as a husband? Was he any good as a father? We deserved better. Why weren’t the press asking these important questions?

      • “Was he any good as a father?”

        Given the number of freebies that his daughters stumbled upon, I’d guess that he has been pretty good as a father.

  8. Tony Abbott was a foolish for only one reason – he wasn’t up to the job. Everyone knew it – except for him. He was installed as a caretaker opposition leaders at a time when no one saw what was going to happen to Kevin Rudd – no one! And so they put Tony Abbott in to keep the seat warm whilst they sorted out who the next real leader would be. That the Rudd Government came apart so quickly saw the LNP with no time to replace their incumbent ‘leader’, who was battling his heart out; a sad sight to behold because everyone knew he wasn’t the right man for the job. And so it proved to be. Everyone has a limited potential ( regardless of what they teach you in Form 4 “Life Skills” or, later, when you do your MBA!) and Tony Abbott reached his as sacrificial leader of his party.

    • “He wasn’t up to the job”.

      If anyone had any doubt about his competence is was settled with his opening address to the G20 summit.

    • Janet, actually, he was Howard’s Chosen One and it was only after Abbott became PM that Howard gave up in frustration.

      • Janet there was an interesting article in the last few months that reported that after their first meeting with Abbott and his colleagues, John Key and offsiders concluded Abbott and Co were not up to the job

    • He was a stooge for the interests of the mining industry, who didn’t like Turnbull’s support for the ETS, and Murdoch, who feared the competition to Foxtel that the NBN would unleash. That he had Howard’s blessing for his loyalty was a lesser matter. A stupid man makes a better stooge.

  9. The reported readership demographics for “The Australian” don’t really support the assertion that: “Bolt’s audience includes many conservative retirees whereas The Australian‘s readership is younger, rich, better educated and working in legal, political or the business community,” he said. “These people don’t read the Tele or Bolt.”

    The following link shows the Oz’s readership demographics, and it shows that they are senior heavy, and with a large majority under $80k in income. Sounds pretty much like retirees and travelling salespeople from the Qantas Club…and bolt-ons.

    http://www.mediaworksasia.com/publication/detail/000000034/page1/m

    • “The following link shows the Oz’s readership demographics, and it shows that they are senior heavy, and with a large majority under $80k in income”
      As I’ve always said – – they became Liberals after they aspired to & got their first Colour TV !

  10. “Mr Abbott accused Mr Morrison of “badly misleading” the Australian people after Mr Morrison said last week that he had tried to warn Mr Abbott ‘s office three days before he was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull that the brewing coup was a real threat.”

    Since when have they been concerned about ‘misleading’ the Australian people…

  11. Mining BoganMEMBER

    Look, you’re talking about writers whose entire career was built on leaks from ex-our Tony. Without being told what to put down on paper they would have nothing.

    But don’t pity them. No, envy them for their new opportunities. Now they can go back to what they’re good at. Writing obituaries.

    Hopefully their own.

  12. Ha ha ha! The odious wingnuts are eating each other. It’s wonderful! It’s like some kind of bizarre narcissistic ideological purity death match.

    The people who believe EVERYTHING is a battle have no one to fight but each other! Ha ha ha ha ha!

  13. Like all here I wanted to headbut ScoMo when he said – “we don’t have a revenue problem”

    Then I thunk for 10 seconds and saw MT’s tweet…

    Turnbull is barely a week in and he has utter nut jobs to the right of bloddy 3d (yes I think it’s possible) to placate!!

    Blind freddy knows we can’t avoid going the way of Spain without fixing the revenue problem. Blind freddy know we cannot fix the budget problem via spending only.

    Turnbull said this today;

    Malcolm TurnbullVerified account
    ‏@TurnbullMalcolm
    This story is not true. Tax reform is at the centre of our efforts to create a more productive, innovative economy

    Given the above – tax reform can not just mean reduced persona/corp tax.

    If there is a disaster porn genre – sometimes peeps here epitomise it! There are people making a mots at the moment peeps! and despite all the fundamentals pointing seemingly the wrong way and the all the end is nigh proclamations for that last 7 years – it hasn’t happened.

    I thank this website for the fact that all my super has been in cash and FI for the last year – but there is ALWAYS an opportunity – surely that is worthy of discussion? Or why – despite the fundamentals has Armageddon not recurred?.