Like a giant national inkblot test for the nation, the "meaning" of yesterday's events at the Lobby restaurant in Canberra is really what the observer brings to them. Few of us will see anything other than whatever fits in with our preconceptions. And yet, there's something for everyone in what essentially boils down to an incident that made good television.

Labor supporters will see a prime minister calm under pressure inside the restaurant (on fascinating footage caught by the Nine Network) and immediately insisting to her security team that Tony Abbott be looked after.