Media Buddies Deliver Scathing Assessment of PM’s Performance
Tony “no friends” Abbott has suffered another body blow with traditional media ally Ray Hadley delivering an unflattering assessment of the Prime Minister’s recent performance.
D FOR DUNCE
The controversial shock jock lashed out at the PM on breakfast radio over his handling of the Sydney siege and subsequent decision to proceed with the mid-year budget update at the height of the critical incident.
“I thought until about a month ago, you were going B-plus, I think you’re now a D-minus,” Mr Hadley told Mr Abbott.
Mr Abbott said that he tried to avoid scoring himself.
“If I score myself high, people think I’m full of myself. If I score myself low, people think I’m lacking in self-confidence.”
He later added that it had been a “ragged conclusion” to the year for his government.
Mr Abbott conceded not everyone had agreed with the government’s mid-year budget announcement.
“I carefully considered it and I made the call that the ordinary business of government should go on,” he said.
“Some people thought it was a good call. Obviously some people didn’t and you’re in that latter group.”
The Prime Minister said that people should focus on the glass “at least half full,” noting his government had abolished the carbon tax and concluded important free trade deals in 2014.
“I think it has been a year of achievement for our country.”
The salvo comes in the wake of other Liberal Party loyalists Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones also delivering an abysmal appraisal of Abbott’s tenure in the top job.
Last month Bolt condemned the Coalition government saying it was making “the same blunders that killed Julia Gillard”.
Alan Jones also attacked Abbott on air, insisting that the so-called free trade agreement with China was “failing the pub test”.
Even the Murdoch mouthpiece “The Australian” has issued its own harsh evaluation with Janet Albrechtson slamming the government for playing “condescending word games”.
The Coalition ends the year badly behind in the polls, with the most recent Fairfax Ipsos poll putting Labor in front on a two-party-preferred basis, 52 to 48 per cent.