A Simple Yet Important Question For My Liberal Readers On Our Leadership

I just have a very simple question for my readers.

Who of you actually thinks Malcolm Turnbull is doing a good job as leader, and why?

I’m not asking if you think he should be leader or not. That is a totally different question. He could, after all, simply be the lesser of the evils and deserve to stay in the job by virtue of that fact. I’m interested in what you think of him.

So. Simple question. Do you think he’s doing a good job? Politically? Ideologically? Does he represent you? Is he a smart tactician? What do you think?

I know from the stats I get at at a bare minimum a couple of hundred hits to this site a day, and I assume at least half are Liberal Party members, and I know they come from a fairly wide distribution of all the ideological sides of the party. So if this thread isn’t filled up with people stating their support for Malcolm, there is obviously a problem.

So. It’s very simple. If you support Malcolm, just make a note in the comments. If you do not, stay silent. (And yes, with the volume of hits I get, silence is considered an opinion. So if you read this, and don’t comment, I will count it as indicating lack of support).

So have your say. Easy 🙂


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11 Responses to “A Simple Yet Important Question For My Liberal Readers On Our Leadership”

  1. Alan Anderson Says:

    I’m not sure of the integrity of any poll that takes silence to represent a particular view, especially if you intend to extrapolate some sort of percentage support from it. However, allow me to give what America’s worst modern president would refer to as a ‘calibrated’ answer.

    For all of the tactical blunders, Malcolm has set the Coalition on the course that will ultimately take it back into government. I suspect it will be a few terms from now, and that he won’t be there, but the crucial contribution he has made is to engage Labor on the issue of deficit spending and debt.

    Much as the history of the Great Depression was written by interventionists decrying the lack of earlier action, I believe the history of the current downturn will (at least globally) be written by fiscal conservatives, when the consequences of current policy come home to roost. The Coalition will now have credibility as having remained on the right side of that debate.

    This should not be taken for granted. It would have been tempting to ‘reach across the aisle’, to use the American parlance, and shepherd through Rudd’s appalling ‘stimulus’ boondoggles so as not to be labelled ‘negative’. Regardless of how much of the final decision was his, and how much was the result of lobbying from his colleagues, we should be very grateful that he did not tread this path.

    So before we condemn Malcolm for tactical errors and inevitable compromises, let us acknowledge the one great contribution he has made, which I believe will long outlast his leadership. Compared with the likes of Ted Bailleu, Malcolm has been relatively true to our core values.

  2. Peter Says:

    The obvious gaffes aside and given the amount Swan and Rudd have stripped from the coffers “to shower us with gifts” as Tony Abbott on 702 radio last week put it, I don’t think he is doing a bad job. My biggest two criticisms are I still don’t know what Turnbull stands for 100%. At the moment it looks like he is standing for appeasing all the factions. I am obviously against the CPRS and was vehemently against the stimulus packages, but where do we stand? Opposing everything just for the sake of it, is not good enough (granted he is not doing it as much as O’Farrell) if we don’t provide a clear and structured alternative on the key issues. What would we have done with the budget? Never the less, Turnbull should be the leader for this election for sure – we need to keep our real powder dry for when Rudd is unable to spend so much and we can mount a serious assault, whether that be 2013 or 2016.

  3. The Other Mob Says:

    Well it isn’t like Malcolm is going to win. We are going to lose, we always were going to lose, it really is just a case of deciding who is going to walk the plank. Brendan Nelson wasn’t the greatest of Leaders, ideologically or electorally, but he did the party a great service by navigating a middle path out of the Howard years.

    The best person to lead the Liberal Party is Peter Costello, but he isn’t interested (and lets be honest when we were in Government he wasn’t all that popular anyway and his ideological purity has only really been proven in memoirs, not in real life). So there’s somebody who is doing the job, he’s not doing it well, but he’s doing it and apart from Christopher Pyne and perhaps Wilson Tuckey it doesn’t seem that anyone is stupid enough to put their hand up for the job at the moment.

    There is definitely a belief that Malcolm can go to the next election and then the White Knight will come in afterwards and lead the party back to Government. Abbott at the moment is backing Turnbull so strongly you’d think he’d ditched his Presidency of the John Howard Fan Club and started one in Malcolm Turnbull’s honour – he looks so lovingly at Malcolm I think he’s set up camp on the head at Manly with a set of binoculars to watch Malcolm at play in his Point Piper mansion.

    Hockey on the other hand has decided to distance himself as much as possible and run off to the middle of Africa to get away from Malcolm’s stench. After working tirelessly to knock Bishop from her lofty shadow Treasury heights – he now wants to make sure his fingerprints are nowhere to be seen.

    Hockey and Abbott of course are the most obvious leadership successors, but neither of them have the stomach to run to the next election as Leader. Hockey would be, as Howard said “avuncular”, but would lack any substance and sell the Liberal Party out on every issue – the party room would probably be replaced by a Sunrise sms poll and Kochie would be Cabinet secretary in Government. Hockey has to win his seat of North Sydney first and the redistribution will dictate whether that will be an easy or difficult task.

    Tony Abbott would be full of substance, but would be a very dangerous option. Many people haven’t forgotten his performance in the last Federal election and question his broader public appeal. He is a hard-worker and obviously sees himself in the Howard mould – those that persevere ultimately triumph.

    Both of these options continue the NSW stranglehold on the Liberal leadership, which really needs to end for the party to go back in to Government. Unfortunately there aren’t many other options around the nation.
    WA – Julie Bishop, so damaged in Treasury that she would hardly be viable and a very soft target.
    QLD – Peter Dutton has lost his seat on the redistribution boundaries and was more impressive in Government than Opposition.
    VIC – Tony Smith as heir apparent to Peter Costello could be a young new broom, but isn’t a household name.
    Andrew Robb is a safe pair of hands, but too old to sell renewal.
    SA – Christopher Pyne would only be an option for the leadership in his own dreams or if the Liberal Party was reduced to one Parliamentary member – him!

    So you look through the options and there is only one – Malcolm Turnbull.

    I think we’re all just hoping that Malcolm proves to be a magician with several rabbits to pull out of his hat and none of them passed on by Godwin Grech!

  4. Cam Says:

    He’s a little bit too far left and populist for my liking, but he won the party ballot so he’s our man. If I could get a single message to him it would be:

    Popularity is fleeting, principles are forever.

    The Liberal Party has a set of ideals for a reason. We don’t just change them when the breeze changes direction.

  5. Cam Says:

    By the way Tim – how’s your RBL project going?

  6. Ross Grove Says:

    Do you think he’s doing a good job? Yes.

    Politically? No.

    Ideologically? Meh.

    Does he represent you? Yes.

    Is he a smart tactician? No.

    What do you think? I think he’s just he sort of opposition leader we need right now.

    He might not poll well. He may not be popular. You may not even agree with him. What’s important is that we have someone who brings the party together to solve their problems. For too long we’ve been centred around one personality. I think Turnbull is the exact reverse of that and this will help us create the talent and fresh ideas to take government whenever that may be.

    This Godwin Grech issue is an isolated incident. Everyone needs to harden up. For anyone to consider dumping Turnbull just because he saw a bad wave and got dumped by it is a sad reflection on them rather than Turnbull’s true capacity.

  7. Ralph Buttigieg Says:


    Turnbull is the best available at the moment. Recent talk of Andrew Robb are nonsense- Andrew who? However it does show the need fo real party reform. If I had my way the members would elect the leader like the UK Conservatives do. At least that way the leader would know they had the party behind them.



  8. Tim Andrews Says:

    Ah yes but I wasn’t asking about if he should be leader or not!

  9. Jake the Muss Says:

    Silence is not a mark against Turnbull Tim. Don’t be bloody ridiculous.

    Turnbull is a poor tactician, has seemingly little desire to follow a conviction that is based on policy rather than power, and is extremely uninspiring.

    He is failing to connect with both the true believers and the punters.


  10. Brian Says:

    Do you think he’s doing a good job? Yes, he’s probably the best opposition leader (in liberal) since John Hewson.

    Politically? No.

    Ideologically? I give him 65% out of 100

    Does he represent you? Yes, because he is less ideologically stupid.

    Is he a smart tactician? Not really… he is not able to drive government’s mistakes and materialise it in his favour… particularly when there are so many mistakes made by the government already.

  11. Sean Says:

    Where is the next best alternative? There is none. As there is no one else who can conceivably take over, shouldn’t the party try to focus attention on Labor’s failures?

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