Toxic Tony in Leadership Chaos!
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a leadership revolt after a number of Coalition MPs confided in members of the Canberra Press Gallery that he is now openly referred to as “Toxic Tony” amongst Coalition ranks.
The colourful reference follows the Prime Minister’s refusal to campaign alongside Queensland State Premier Campbell Newman ahead of the State election on January 31, as well as the cataclysmic loss of the State Liberal Government at the recent State election in Victoria.
Consistent polls point to a steady decline in the Prime Minister’s standing amongst voters over what has been perceived as a series of broken promises, policy failures, blunders and backflips that have unfolded over the past year. Hoping to begin 2015 with a new, reinvigorated cabinet, Mr Abbott has instead reaffirmed his position as “Electoral Poison.”
Nervous Liberal MPs now say his position as leader is untenable and they feel increasingly alienated from cabinet decision-making due to the overarching power and influence wielded by Peta Credlin.
One Liberal MP described the situation in Canberra as “anarchy and chaos”.
While a leadership challenge is yet to transpire, leadership contender Julie Bishop said she “enjoyed Mr Abbott’s complete support” speaking to reporters from the US.
Channelling Johnny Rotten, in response to questions about the leadership speculation Peta Credlin said: There’s no point in asking – you’ll get no reply.