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Tiberius on Twitter

14 September 2018

3:37 PM

14 September 2018

3:37 PM

So now we know what really motivates Malcolm Turnbull. His tweets from far away New York make it very clear: to foment as much trouble as he can; to undermine his successor; to take revenge on Peter Dutton; and to vent his spleen on a Liberal party that rejected his attempt to make it just another takeover target to be moulded in his own image. And what an irony it is that he should now be exposed in this way while using social media, of which he never stops telling us he is such an expert practitioner. He is Tiberius on Twitter. The only problem for the ex-emperor is that his tweets have inflicted more damage on himself than on those he has decided are his enemies.

However, even if this were not the intention, Turnbull and his tweets may have produced something worthwhile after all. They may, at last, have given Liberal sympathisers and voters a cause to fight for, a cause that was missing under Turnbull’s ramshackle empire before it fell apart. The new cause should be to reject Turnbull’s brazen attempt to destabilise the Liberal party and get behind Morrison and his team with enthusiasm. It must surely be an electoral advantage to have anti-Turnbull grafted on to pro-Morrison.

This could become serious: I might even have to consider voting for the Liberal party which I doubt I would ever have done while the party was led by Turnbull.

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