Post 122: A desperate old man clinging to power

The election is now yesterday’s fish and chip wrappers and the Ruddbot has gone to Bali.

But I feel it is worth noting the washup of the coalition loss, especially in light of John Howard’s demise and humiliation.

I say humiliation because, for all of his achievements, he has gone out a loser and a confirmed liar of the highest order.

Here’s why.

I’m sure we all remember the “I’ll serve as long as the Liberal Party wants me to serve” line that he trotted out for years when asked about the leadership.

Well, if accounts of the Alexander Downer speech to the Press Gallery annual dinner are to believed, the Liberal Party asked him to step aside in 2006 but he ignored the calls because  they were made too rudely!

Then came the APEC “putsch” where he was told it was time to go, and graciously decided that he would … two years into the future.

Lie upon lie.

Some say that Howard did this because he saw the writing on the wall for the government and was therefore courageous in  insisting he clean up his own mess rather than let the blame for a loss rest on Costello’s shoulders.


He was a desperate  old man clinging to power. And only the old was new, if you see what I mean.


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