At Crikey we’ve read some lurid openings to political colour pieces but today’s effort from the Financial Review’s Aaron Patrick is something else. His discussion of the circumstances around Tony Abbott’s ousting in 2015 and the role of Julie Bishop is interesting, if not exactly earth-shattering (though I much prefer Patrick's Credlin & Co over Niki Savva’s Road To Ruin as an account of that troubled prime ministership).

But worse, it never lives up to the thrill of the opening pars: