Whoever leads the Liberal party after Tuesday, it must not be Malcolm Turnbull. If he wins the leadership spill, it will only put off his execution until the inevitable apocalyptic defeat at the next election. But Malcolm Turnbull is blind to all of this, and blusters on in ever more extreme rhetoric:
Mr Turnbull this morning lashed out at his critics, in particular Tony Abbott, whom he will likely face in a leadership ballot on Tuesday, and Senate leader Nick Minchin.
“They are destroying the Liberal Party,” Mr Turnbull told Channel Nine. “There is a recklessness and a wilfulness in these men, which is going to destroy the Liberal Party.
“I will win on Tuesday. I am unbowed.
“Joe Hockey has told me as recently as last night that I have his complete support.
“I am not interested in becoming a mouthpiece or a patsy or a tool for people whose views are completely wrong and are contrary to the best interests of our nation, our planet and indeed the Liberal Party.
“If this issue is not resolved, the climate change war that Nick Minchin and his wreckers have started will continue to destroy the Liberal Party until such time as we are destroyed by Kevin Rudd in an election.”
Right result, wrong cause, pal. That will be the result if you remain leader. And I’m glad Hockey’s backing you – we don’t want Hockey as a leader – soft left, Turnbull-lite. So with luck it will be a straight fight between a deluded leader who is finished but can’t see it, and Tony Abbott. There is only one choice.
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