Last night . . . on the 7.30 Report . . . Mr Abbott . . . presented himself . . . as the . . . viable alternative . . . to Labor . . . and “she” . . . (that’s Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia). As I . . . particularly loathe . . . Mr Abbott . . . I made . . . a personal sacrifice . . . and listened . . . to him. What annoyed me . . . particularly . . . was Mr Abbott’s . . . continual use . . . of “she”, . . . as if he . . . was incapable . . . of using . . . either . . . “Julia”, . . . “Gillard”, . . . or . . . “the Prime Minister”. Is this . . . I wondered . . . because he . . . can’t conceptualise . . . a woman . . . as the . . . Prime Minister . . . of this country? Or, is he . . . as misogynistic . . . as he . . . is portrayed? On balance . . . I’d say . . . both. I also find . . . the manner . . . in which . . . he speaks . . . most annoying. So I won’t . . . try . . . and reproduce it . . . in text . . . anymore.
Mr Abbott’ speech suggests to me a mind having difficulty in holding a contiguous chain of thought which is then reflected in the manner of speech. That is of real concern in someone who believes that he will be our next Prime Minister. When you compare the Labor front bench (even without Mr Rudd) and the depth of talent in the Labor Party against Mr’s Abbott, Pyne, Hockey and Ms Julia Bishop there is NO comparison. The Liberal Party is represented by a bunch of lightweights, leftovers from the Howard disaster. It’s time for some new blood, and new ideas, a strategy to grow this country. Not set it back in Work Choices, penny pinching on infrastructure, education and health and calming the electorate with small concessions to their hip pockets. When we have some real talent in the Liberal Party and not a mediocre bunch of political opportunists I will start listening to them again, and I might even be tempted to vote for them. But not now, and given the mediocrity, not ever. Start with putting Turnbull back as shadow Prime Minister and get rid of the dead wood.