Vanstone attacks Abdel-Magied

You've got to hand it to Amanda Vanstone: she has the true anti-talent of the political hack. Hired in the endless pursuit of "balance", she typically uses her column to advance a narrow Liberal Party agenda, her continued presence imposed, one guesses, on op-ed editors by the paper's right-wing board. This week she's had a sort of double triumph.

First, because Fairfax is on strike, her column hasn't been knocked into shape by an overworked sub, so it is visible in its raw state, i.e. mentally disorganised and close to unreadable.