OPINION: Abbott's Knightmare Game of Tones season final

TONY Abbott and the Inappropriate Knighthood.

Sounds like the next installment of a JK Rowling series, doesn't it?

Like the rest of Australia (or the world, perhaps) I awoke to last week's news of Prince Philip's Australia Day gong with incredulity and a jaw drop reminiscent of a Loony Toons sight gag.

It was so surreal I was half expecting Tony Abbott to peel off his rubber mask, Mission Impossible-style, to reveal he's actually Craig Reucassel from The Chaser.

Adding fuel to the fire later, ex-Australian Rupert Murdoch weighed into the furore with the suggestion that a woman should be forced to resign for Mr Abbott's mistake (Peta Credlin, meet Rebekah Brooks, you two have a lot to discuss).

Should the Liberal Party dump Tony Abbott and get a new leader?

This poll ended on 09 February 2015.

Current Results

Yes - they should appoint Julie Bishop, Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Andrews or Mal Brough as a new Prime Minister as soon as possible.

25%

No - if they want to change leaders they should call a double dissolution and let the electorate decide.

64%

No - we voted for Abbott (in intention if not in fact) and he should serve out his full three years.

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

I've made no secret of the fact that I don't like Our Tone. It's not the party to which he belongs, but - mostly - his inability to keep his opinions and beliefs regarding religion out of the government equation.

The separation of church and state is in our Constitution yet Mr Abbott refuses to obey or acknowledge the rules.

But (and there's always a but, isn't there?) the failure of Mr Abbott to read the mood of the average Australian voter is more than a bit of a worry.

His decision to reintroduce the British honours system caused an uproar at the time, but to then go ahead and award a title to the Duke of Edinburgh indicates that he either doesn't have a clue, or doesn't care.

Neither is a good look for the leader of a democratic nation. I didn't much like our three previous prime ministers but at least they didn't make themselves (and Australia) into objects of ridicule.

Neither this government nor the previous one were voted in, so much as the mob preceding them was voted out. The result of the Queensland elections last Saturday speaks volumes.

Should Tony be replaced?

I'm of two minds - I wasn't comfortable with the Gillard-Rudd imbroglio. I'm still not quite sure how a nation can vote for a leader and then have him or her ousted by a room full of people without further consultation with the electorate. But should Tony be left in the most important job in the country when he is apparently unable to make rational decisions?

I'd rather a double dissolution be called and (I can't believe I'm writing this) endure an early Federal election.

There has been a monumental shift in politics in this country over the past few years.

Neither this government nor the previous one were voted in, so much as the mob preceding them was voted out. The result of the Queensland elections last Saturday speaks volumes.

Would Bill Shorten make a good prime minister? Who knows, he's the Invisible Man. Would Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull make a better leader than Tony? Undeniably, but they were not voted in by the people of Australia.

Whatever the process, I suspect Game of Tones is in its last season.


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