Outgoing health minister Tony Abbott has declared he will challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the leadership of the Liberal Party…”I’m offering myself as a candidate, I don’t know how the numbers are likely to pan out,” Mr Abbott said this morning.
Abbott is unelectable. Whatever his other merits from the conservative side – and he is articulate, and energetic, useful traits for a Liberal Opposition Leader to have – the party can’t win an election with him as leader because of his insistence on imposing his personal religious views on the bodies of Australian women. Labor wouldn’t even have to run the campaign – Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire would do it for them. Tim Dunlop reckons that even ignoring this, Abbott’s efforts during the campaign have tied him to the excesses of the dying days of the Howard government. Either way, the health of Australian democracy, one hopes that they’re not that stupid.