Labor Party’s attacks on Malcolm Turnbull’s wealth misfired very badly. Rod Cameron, a Labor Party pollster for nearly two decades said that Labor had made a huge mistake because most Australians did not resent Malcolm Turnbull being rich and there was no suggestion that he had done anything illegal. In fact, most Australians are probably pretty pleased that they have a successful business running the country.
Now that the opinion polls are out, one can only hope that the Labor Party realises that attacking one of the most popular prime ministers in history has very little political benefit.
And then there was the incident of the marble table which was smashed during a fairly drunken party following Tony Abbott’s loss of the prime ministership. It appears that someone was dancing on it and it broke.
Last night, we were treated to the spectacle of Penny Wong, who is normally pretty sensible and politically astute, pursuing the matter in the Senate committee, trying to drum up some outrage about the broken table. There appears to be very little doubt that there was a drunken party and that there were men behaving badly. Tony Abbott has offered to pay for the table.
It’s time to get a grip Penny.
I don’t like Tony Abbott any more than you do and am glad to see him gone. But I don’t begrudge him up piss-up after he has lost the top job in the nation. Let’s give the guy a bit of space. Politics is a very brutal business and losing the prime ministership is probably the most brutal thing that can happen to anyone.
So it’s time for the Labor Party to start concentrating on some of the issues that actually affect the body politic. And a broken marble table is not one of them