A six to eight per cent swing in the North Sydney by-election is now inevitable as Brough, Pyne and Roy smirch the Turnbull Government with their "Ashbygate" involvement, says Bob Ellis.
There was a line in it about "these guys in the White House" being
"...nowhere near as smart as they’re supposed to be."
And I was reminded of this yesterday, when Mal Brough said, "No", in reply to a question to which he’d previously said, "Yes", on 60 Minutes. These guys in the Liberal Party are nowhere near as smart as they’re supposed to be, I thought — nowhere near.
One of them, Malcolm Turnbull, I’ve known for 42 years and he isn’t, in my view, that smart either. And he’s lately, not for the first time, in a fix of his own making.
He seems no longer – after this week – a calm, cleanskin, wise and thoughtful world statesman but the sleekly smirking rich mentor of some grimy, conniving provincial crooks.
What dare he do now? Standing Brough aside, as most of the pundits say he must, will put Pyne and Roy in the cross-hairs of history over Christmas. And Pyne thus pinioned, will grow spenetic and vengeful if he, too, is made to stand aside — which will happen if James Ashby fingers him as a late-night co-colluder in the framing, with sexual menace, of Peter Slipper, the second highest official in the land.
A six or eight per cent swing against the Liberals on Saturday in the North Sydney by-election, is now inevitable. And this, if duplicated nationwide, would give Labor a majority of 20 or 40 seats.
Is the Turnbull honeymoon now defunct? It’s possible. Is the Coalition vote now 48 or 49? It’s possible.
And we will see what we shall see.
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60 Minutes transcript of Brough answer https://t.co/vdJVQv7T1e What part of the question did Brough think he answered? He misled parliament— Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) December 3, 2015
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