Malcolm Turnbull is likely to reverse his decision to retire from politics, and stand again in Wentworth this year. Long-time Turnbull associate Christopher Joye yesterday offered an estimate that Turnbull was 60% likely to remain.
Of course, only Turnbull and wife Lucy know what he’ll finally do, and they stayed silent over the weekend.
A Turnbull “Nellie Melba” act might be politically clunky but the case for it is strong purely from a party perspective. The NSW Liberal Party has realised that Wentworth is suddenly a tough proposition without him. Talk of shoe-horning Nick Farr-Jones into the seat suggests how desperate the Liberals are to find a high-profile name to succeed Turnbull.