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Jun 3, 2014

How Bolt is setting the Liberal agenda

Andrew Bolt's policy objectives line up neatly with the Liberal Party's.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

After a disastrous budget disastrously sold, Malcolm Turnbull is ascendant in the polls as Abbott plunges, according to today’s Essential poll. But if the former opposition leader wants to make a go for the leadership, he’ll have to get past conservative columnist Andrew Bolt, who’s made his feelings about the millionaire parliamentarian clear. After Turnbull dined with crossbench MP Clive Palmer last week, Bolt blasted the Communications Minister in his Monday column:

“This is Turnbull, on the far Left of the Liberal Party, charming a constituency that hates Abbott and which would back Turnbull to replace him — even if it still wouldn’t vote Liberal. If only Turnbull had spent half this charm fighting for Abbott’s Budget. Instead, some of Abbott’s troops complain he’s almost gone missing in action.”

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  1. danger_monkey

    I’d be happy to watch Bolt provoke Malcolm Turnbull, Cory Benardi and Tony Abbott into conflict. In pretty much any scenario, we end up with a weakend Coalition, and that works for me.

  2. Electric Lardyland

    Of course, one of the main reasons why Abbott is relentlessly showing himself to be an appallingly underqualified PM, is the support he received in Opposition from people like Bolt. That is, no matter how ludicrous the Abbott thought bubbles or how free from reality his policy proposals, they were always spruiked as words of great wisdom by Bolt and his media confederates. This seemed to give Abbott a greatly inflated sense of his own brilliance.
    Now the nation will have to suffer through a period of government, by someone with the unfortunate mix of arrogance, power and stupidity.

  3. Yclept

    No I doubt Rupert will help us…

  4. Sharkie

    Two Points.
    1. The Liberal Party has no far left except in Blot fantasy land. Turnbull is a economic conservative and social moderate. i.e. he doesn’t spend his time looking for gays in the closet like half the lunatics in the Liberals. This apparently = far left.
    2. Blot does have influence with the Liberal Party. He’s been on the bandwagon of virtually every lunar right campaign going around. The good thing is, the majority of people don’t believe his climate change denialist dribble, they don’t want to see racial vilification laws weakened, and they have pretty much come to the conclusion that Blot is nothing more than a tin foil hat-wearing ideologue with a very tenuous grip on reality. Blot’s toxic influence is closely correlated with the rapid slide in the polls for Abbott.
    If you think the ALP can eat their own, just wait for the conservative main course. As the polls slide it’s going to get very vicious indeed.

  5. SusieQ

    Its a shame we just can’t ignore the Blot and leave him to his fans.

  6. MJPC

    Climate change…so the Libs are taking ‘intellectual’ counsel/advice from Bolt whose sole intellectual riguer is a partly completed arts degree before he became a cadet journo with “The Age”, yet discounting a majority of the scientific community involved with climateology, meteorology and the environment.
    I think this says something about rhe redneck party running this country now as much as some, wanna be, journo.

  7. MJPC

    Industrial relations: Greatest divergance of policy, not likely. Work Choices Mk? is in the Liberal lexicon of items to impose as soon as the smoke clears over this budget (there needs to be stronger winds though).
    In the meantime every two bit employers “union”/association is beying for the abolition of penalty rates. It will be workchoices by increment.

  8. klewso

    One of Labor’s greatest assets?
    He can’t provoke Bernardi or Toady – they’re all caste from the same slag.

  9. James Dean

    One point – Bolt is a climate change DENIALIST, not a skeptic.

    Most people are skeptics. Skeptics listen to the whole argument, try and figure out which side seems to be most likely to be correct, and hunt for more data if they can’t make up their mind. If they’re really trying to be skeptical, they then lake a look at the position they’ve developed and try and pick holes in it, and then see if those holes are able to be filled. If they can, it’s a good position. If they can’t it’s time to develop another position.

    Denialists divide all evidence into “That which supports my view” and “That which does not” and label all of the former class as unassailable and the latter class as untrue.

    I heard this one recently, which is worth sharing:-
    “Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are, all they’re going to do is crap on the board and then strut around like they wan – and you can’t stop them”.

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