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The lesson of Scott Morrison’s defeat in Australia is that no government is immortal. In a democracy, that is exactly how it should be.
So in short, talk up the country, listen to the ‘somewheres’ outside the Westminster bubble – and cut taxes.
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.
With half his ministry on the backbenches, he looks isolated – and in denial.
A colourful, entertaining, and apparently Teflon-coated Deputy Prime Minister falls foul of a change in political culture.
Plus: Johnson’s EU speech. Turnbull’s sex ban. Horror in America. Change in South Africa. And: order your popcorn for this weekend’s UKIP conference.
The Australian Prime Minister’s lecture to Policy Exchange in full.
A massive poll lead. Going early. A wooden leader. Mindless mantras. A despised opposition. And then collapse. The parallels are uncanny: why didn’t Crosby warn her?
A lacklustre campaign, a complacent leader, and a ruthless opposition have not just clipped Malcolm Turnbull’s wings, but ripped them off.
Malcolm Turnbull has run a “safety first” campaign – and is expected to win.
Plus: Loathsome Winston McKenzie. Alex Salmond, Thatcher fan. The indestructible Keith Vaz. And: my interview with Charles Moore is well worth a listen.
Plus: Thank you for the three bottles of vintage wine…but you forgot to enclose a note with your name. Christmas, eh?
Plus: The Australian Liberals should have gone for Julie Bishop. Joe Pike’s Project Fear. And: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Cyber Corbynistas?
He will be treated more kindly by history than by his contemporaries or the opinion polls – having begun to repair a Budget destroyed by Labor profligacy.
It is incredible that he has allowed this attack on the Prime Minister’s integrity to be published now – amidst this existential global pandemic crisis.