Amanda Vanstone, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, called out Tony Abbott for what he is:
"Abbott has done more than any other politician to trash the standing of politics and politicians. He's had a really good education and been given every opportunity by his party. We expected more. We got less."
And earlier this year on Channel Seven's Sunrise program, she said:
"He's a narcissist, and it's always been about Tony - always - from the minute he was born."
Paul Keating, speaking on the ABC's Lateline program in 2011, said:
"You know this - you know what Tony Abbott's policy is? 'If you don't give me the job, I'll wreck the place. If you don't give me the job, I'll wreck the place.' And we're supposed to, 'Well, Tony, you better have it, you know, otherwise you might destroy it on us.' I mean, Tony's got to have the political judo chop. That's what Tony has to have."
And in 2010, on Radio National:
"Look, he turned up in the last couple of years when I was Prime Minister. I used to regard him as the resident nutter on their side."
All four observations are self evident and true.
I would put it more succinctly - Abbott is a bum. A self indulgent, petulant sook. Who throws temper tantrums whenever he doesn't get his own way.
His party eventually did give him the political judo chop and now I would urge the members of the media not to give him the time of day.
He hasn't earned it and he doesn't deserve it.
Just let him stew in a cauldron of his own bile, seething with resentment, bitterness and deep ingratitude. That's what he deserves.