The change of PM has prompted a predictable descent to the bottom of the cliche barrel by our favourite opinionaters.

“Bind up the wounds” is the clear front-runner, with even Paul Kelly wheeling out that tired phrase this morning.

But a special mention for Greg Sheridan, the first Abbott apologist to give us that old faithful, the “History will be much kinder …” line — in the second par of his weird 1000-worder on the Oz front page that manages to blame the Queen for the knighthood bestowed on her consort by the Mad Monk. Utterly bizarre. — David Salter

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