Federal

Feb 7, 2018

Rundle: Turnbull is the most contemptible modern prime minister we’ve had

Everything Turnbull does now produces the sort of contempt one feels for someone living out an imaginary life on our time.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

There is a measure of the current relationship between politics, government and everyday life, and that is the rich varieties of contempt one now feels for our elected representatives. We’ve gone well beyond the stage of blanket "hate" for pollies we happen to dislike or disagree with. Virtually the entire crop of leading mainstream party politicians -- after the cresting of John Howard and the demise of the Beazley-Crean Laurel and Hardy act -- arouse in us rich and complex blends of pity, loathing, and disgust; each as distinct as the different notes and flavours in a variety of single malts.

Of our leaders of the last 15 years, only Julia Gillard escapes such judgement, due to her basic competence, rationality and having some consistent beliefs; ironic, in that she had to suffer the worst barrage of simple hatred while in office. What a goddamn golden age.

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