I’m not sure if anyone can get through a Niki Savva column any more – I certainly don’t – but the comments section is pure entertainment. The latest: In the time of moderate Malcolm, Abbott must shut up. The first six of the top comments:
(1) This Abbott whom Niki despises is a regular bloke with a mortgage, a working wife and a history of community service who, on his first Christmas break as PM, took all the family to France in economy and paid for all of them including himself. At the same time Bill Shorten (quite reasonably) flew to Europe in business class at the tax payers expense. The rest of the world would be dumbfounded to hear of the nations leader footing his own bill to fly down the back end of the plane. The world needs more Abbotts.
(2) Nope. He must not shut up. His voice and the contributions he makes are too valuable. Some examples:
> Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism.
> The prime ministership of this country is not a prize or a play thing to be demanded. It should be something which is earned by a vote of the Australian people.
> Your hard-earned savings – yes, they might be tax advantaged – but your hard-earned savings, they belong to you. They aren’t a piggy bank for government to raid whenever it’s in trouble and this is one of the key differences between us and our political opponents right now.
> The nature of politics has changed in the past decade. We have more polls and more commentary than ever before. Mostly sour, bitter, character assassination. Poll driven panic has produced a revolving door Prime Ministership which can’t be good for our country. And a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery. And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to.
> Our moral obligation is to receive people fleeing for their lives. It’s not to provide permanent residency to anyone and everyone who would rather live in a prosperous Western country than their own.
We are indeed fortunate to have a politician of the credibility and the calibre of Tony Abbott in our parliament. And long may this boat-stopping, trade-deal-signing, tax-repealing, union-corruption fighting former prime minister continue to rise above the play-the-man grubs.
(3) Did you ever tell Malcolm to shut up when he was white anting Abbott for 2 years ?
(4) Yet another installment of Niki Savva’s rivetting 437-part series on “Why I don’t like Tony Abbott”.
Dull. Predictable. Boring.
I still keep looking for the disclaimer that makes known the bulk of the Savva family income is derived from being directly employed by Malcolm Turnbull.
This clear conflict of interest undermines any pretense of objectivity and impartiality.
(5) Honestly, this is not bordering on, this is demented. Who edits this and allows it to pass for supposed reasoned commentary? It’s blatant propaganda, straight from the PMO. This commentary is sub par (at best), and the diatribe towards Abbott is unhinged, undergraduate, and unfit for public comment. The fact of the matter is this; Turnbull isn’t a leader. Intelligent, in some capacity, sure (yet to see any evidence of this although the MSM seem to bang on about how brilliant he is) but a leader, neigh. He doesn’t command respect, his emotional intelligence is non existent and his political judgment is inherently flawed. He is not a conviction politician. He simply sways with the breeze, intent on appeasing the populist minority. Abbott however was a conviction politician. What you saw was what you get. You knew where he stood on Small Government, Super, Border Protection, Fiscal Responsibility and just about every other matter of government business irrespective of whether you liked him or not. Who knows what Turnbull stands for? I certainly don’t and that’s the problem that Niki and her ilk cant’ seem to grasp. The majority of Australian’s don’t like feeling left in the lurch. He’s been in the job for year and coupled with the significant political capital he had at his disposal following the coup, achieved what? He won an election by one seat? Wasn’t he supposed to romp home because everybody loved Malcolm? Ah, that’s right, it’s the fanciful reasoning of the press gallery who pursued this narrative and who seem to be completely divorced from reality. Turnbull has achieved nothing other than backstabbing a sitting Prime Minister for his own personal gain. I’d be happy for Niki to debate me on this, but alas, I can only dream.
(6) I know who needs to shut up and it ain’t Abbott or Credlin, but rather you Niki.