It is amazing the way some politicians take us members of the proletariat for dummies. The current Prime Minister is one of the notable offenders, giving a glib excuse for his prompt dismissal of his party’s Chief Whip, on the grounds that he caused the P.M to make a terrible mistake. This terrible mistake, Abbott constantly reiterates key words, was his loss of touch with his back bench before the leadership spill revealed that at least 39 members of his party wanted him gone. And doubtless more than that, had he not brought forward the date of the vote so there could be less time for discussion, and then fashioning his front bench into a marching block as he led them in. “I was so focussed on economic security issues, on national security issues, that I didn’t have enough faith to talk to my colleagues”, he bleated on Channel Ten. Note repetition of key word “security”. For this he blamed Philip Ruddock, and the government whip was sacked.
The former minister for immigration was never one of my favourite people. Like others in that role he divided voters between enthusiasm and odium for his methods, but he was clearly unimpressed by being singled out for denunciation and discharge by his leader. “My expectation is that if the Prime Minister had concerns about the way I undertook the task, he would have put them to me,” Ruddock was quoted as saying. He might also have added that a Prime Minister with any sense and less arrogance would have heard of the political massacre in Queensland just days before, plus the eclipse of the Victorian liberals last year, and a surprise by-election loss in South Australia. He might even have noticed the polls, and the low regard of his own personal standing. It takes someone of considerable conceit to ignore these clear warnings, then blame and shoot the messenger.