What do you do when you find yourself suddenly out of a job, especially one that imposed a whole lot of restrictions on what you could and couldn’t do? Head down to the beach for a surf, of course. Yesterday The Daily Telegraph papped former prime minister Tony Abbott as he caught some waves in Manly, did a few push-ups on the beach and showered. Yes, they took photos when he used the public shower — no one pays former PMs any respect these days. While Ms Tips was horrified at this full-length pic in today’s Tele, it did make us realise that it’s the first time Abbott has been seen in his budgie smugglers since he was opposition leader. He told the Tele: “Politics is a game of snakes and ladders, and I’ve had a few snakes, and I’ve had a few ladders”. Given the context of the photograph, however, we wish he had chosen a different metaphor.

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