Civil wars aren’t what they used to be. An obsolete coward arguing for an obsolete policy against an increasingly obsolete “leader”.
And since when do “foreigners” get to declare civil war?
ELSEWHERE: If you can’t find other blog posts on this yourself, you’re probably beyond help. Okay, here’s a hint: Pick any of the non-crap links from my blogroll and you ought to find something.
Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson has called a leadership vote for tomorrow morning.
Late this afternoon he called his Liberal colleagues to an unscheduled meeting.
It is understood Dr Nelson is trying to settle the leadership by calling on a vote.
I suspect he’s actually aiming to demonstrate that he has some leadership capacity by calling a meeting and having people turn up.
The uncertainty surrounding this spill is a nice change. There are lots of things to wonder about:
UPDATE: Malcolm’s getting in the game.
Outspoken Federal Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey has pledged to pursue members of his own party he accuses of deliberately destabilising the leadership.
Interestingly, he hasn’t had anything to say about the Mad Monk popping his head in front of every available camera to agitate for Tip. It’s only now that Turnbull is in the clear that destabilisation is a problem.
So this, apparently, is how it goes:
Mr Costello – you, sir, are a loser. There is no other way to describe your character. You believed the assurances of an accomplished liar when he told you he would voluntarily let go power – for your own good and for that of your party. And when it became obvious that his self-interest trumped any commitments he had made, you failed to make any meaningful attempt to hold him to account. You stood by as not one, not two, but three opportunities passed by, in a profession where the most fundamental principle is that to gain power, you need to pursue it.
Some might argue that this demonstrates your loyalty to your party – that you put maintaining an effective Government above your own needs. But that possibility has been demolished by your total antipathy in recent months.
It is time to quit. You are not cut out for this business, and you have gone far beyond the point of appearing foolish.