Friends, Romans, countrymen and the kiss of death

Bronwyn Bishop’s decision to abandon Tony Abbott when his leadership hung by a thread is set to become a central issue of the Liberal preselection battle for her Sydney northern beaches seat of Mackellar.

Ms Bishop is facing an imminent challenge from hard-right forces loyal to Mr Abbott and still furious about the former Speaker’s decision to vote for Malcolm Turnbull last September.

Fairfax Media understands Mr Abbott’s campaign manager and president of the Warringah federal electorate conference, Walter Villatora, is poised to enter the race for Mackellar.

Domino man

The political manoeuvring makes the assassination of Julius Caesar look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.

Abbott forces Bishop to stand down, Bishop supports Turnbull in challenge to Abbott, Abbott supports Villatora in challenge to Bishop.

Sometimes you think that Federal politics is more about personal ambition and animosity that a concern for public policy.

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