The Ultimate Humiliation of Tony Abbott is Only Just Beginning
Former PM Tony Abbott could be forgiven for thinking that his ultimate humiliation took place on the evening of September 14 when he was unceremoniously dumped by his own party and replaced by his long-time rival Malcolm Turnbull.
Despite issuing a heartfelt promise not to engage in any “backgrounding” or “sniping,” Abbott has since engaged in a number of high-profile interviews with media friendly accomplices Ray Hadley and Alan Jones. More recently he has taken to the airwaves demanding that Australia escalate its military intervention in Syria with inflammatory anti-Islamic rhetoric.
The desperation is palpable. The fear of dissolving into irrelevance must play on the minds of most public figures, but when it occurs at a time of not of one’s choosing the sense of defeat must be particularly fierce.
It’s clear that Abbott remains bitter and resentful. However if he was under any illusion that his removal was the ultimate humiliation then he’s in for a rude awakening.
His recent forays into the media have resembled nothing other than pathetic and desperate attempts to protect and promote his so-called “legacy.” Here is a man who would like us to think that his two years in office were all about serving in support of Australia’s best interests, but they were really all about enforcing his archaic, conservative views on a population that is considerably more mature and progressive.
Even his friend and confidante Bronwyn Bishop betrayed him, throwing her support behind Talcum Humbull after the #choppergate fiasco.
Et tu Bronwyn…?
Abbott may like us all to think that he “stopped the boats,” perhaps his only claim to fame that can be regarded with some skerrick of credibility (yet even that remains debatable), but his ultimate humiliation is only just beginning.
The Turnbull government is wasting no time dismantling the anti-environment and pro-coal agenda inflicted upon Australia during Abbott’s regime and more is set to follow.
Already Turnbull has removed Abbott’s ban on wind energy – a draconian measure that prohibited the $10 billion green bank from investing in new wind power projects.
The plan to deregulate universities has also been dumped, as have ”Knights and Dames,” and CSIRO funding that was slashed by Tony Abbott has been reinstated by Turnbull.
Abbott’s legacy, one that he is desperately attempting to recreate, is being dismantled piece by piece in favour of a more progressive, forward thinking agenda.
Perhaps this is what PM Turnbull means when he says ‘there’s never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.’
Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, it’s in Australia’s and arguably the world’s best interests, that Abbott is no longer running the show.
Abbott would be well-served to disappear quietly into the background, but that’s unlikely to happen. His ego won’t allow it.
A failed priest, a failed journalist and now a failed Prime Minister. Is there anything Tony Abbott can’t turn his hand to?
Goodbye Tony. You won’t be remembered fondly.