ANDREW BOLT: “DEMENTED AND UNHINGED!” SAYS TURNBULL
The Coalition is turning on itself and its supporters in the wake of new reports that show that business confidence and consumer sentiment has tanked following the unveiling of the government’s harsh budget measures.
The widely unpopular budget has been criticised for unfairly targeting low and middle income earners, the unemployed and elderly while the relatively wealthy escape unscathed.
COALITION IN COMPLETE DISARRAY!
In recent days, the Prime Minister has been forced to contradict claims made by Education Minister Christopher Pyne that outstanding HECS debt would be pursued for payment from beyond the grave of deceased former students.
More recently Mr Abbott has been forced to reject claims made by Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews that welfare recipients would be forced to undergo mandatory drug-testing or have their welfare entitlements curtailed.
DEMENTED AND UNHINGED!
You’d be forgiven for struggling to keep up with the shambolic chaos that’s unfolding in the Coalition.
Today Malcolm Turnbull has lashed out at the Coalition’s best friend in the media Andrew Bolt calling him “demented” and ”unhinged” after speculating that he was “undermining the Prime Minister.”
Mr Turnbull said that Mr Bolt’s absurd theories were “damaging the government.”
“Mr Bolt, proclaims loudly that he is a friend of the government. Well with friends like Bolt, we don’t need any enemies,’’ he told The Gutter Trash.
Mr Turnbull was incensed on Sunday when Mr Bolt, while interviewing Mr Abbott on his weekly TV show, asked the Prime Minister: “Now, why is Malcolm Turnbull wooing Clive Palmer on his own? It looks like he’s got his eye on your job.”
This was a reference to a casual dinner in Canberra last week with Mr Turnbull, Mr Palmer, Treasurer Secretary Martin Parkinson and businessmen John Fast and Tom Harley.
The participants all claimed it was a spontaneous and harmless gathering but it spiked paranoia inside the Coalition because Mr Palmer has been refusing to even talk to anyone else in the Coalition until he is given what he considers ample resources.
In his newspaper column on Monday, Mr Bolt continued the attack on Mr Turnbull, saying the dinner sent “an unmistakeable message to Liberal MPs:
“Replace Abbott with Turnbull as prime minister and Maybe Palmer will play ball’’.
Mr Bolt further accused Mr Turnbull of giving comfort to the enemy by launching a new parliamentary group of friends of the ABC.
Mr Turnbull said: “it borders on the demented to string together a dinner with Clive Palmer and my attending as the Communications Minister the launch by a cross-party group of friends of the ABC and say that that amounts to some kind of threat or challenge to the Prime Minister.”
“It is quite unhinged. Now, Mr Bolt is fond of attacking what he regards as the government’s enemies” in the media, principal amongst whom of course he numbers the ABC. I don’t think you would see anything as crazy as that on the ABC,’’ he said.
However, with Mr Abbott’s popularity careering on a trajectory towards gutter level and many Coalition backbenchers reeling from an overwhelming negative backlash to the federal budget, many are now openly speculating whether Abbott’s leadership is now terminal.