If the Liberal Party was hoping for Peter Costello to provide a guide to how to fix what ails it, the weekend’s extracts will have been alarmingly disappointing.

Some of us are inclined to the view that there’s not much wrong with the Liberal Party that an election win wouldn’t fix – especially compared to the ALP at state level, which in several states is diligently exploring new meanings of the term “incompetent”. But being out of power, until yesterday, in every state and territory has no doubt encouraged a lot of Liberals in the view that they shouldn’t just stand there but do something.