News of the Turnbull coup reaches the backwoods of New England, where Mark Steyn shares thoughts and memories of Australia’s penultimate and latest PMs:
Tony Abbott is – was – more to my taste ideologically. He’s a monarchist, a social conservative, the man who repealed Australia’s disastrous carbon tax. But he was not an effective executive or parliamentarian or shifter of public opinion – and, partly as a result, he let me down badly on one of my two core issues: freedom of speech.
Malcolm Turnbull is far less to my taste ideologically. He’s a republican, in favor of gay marriage, who’s hot for all the climate-change hooey and supported that ghastly carbon tax. He’s also a little thin-skinned – to the point where he walked out of one of my speeches. Not over anything I said, alas. He never got that far. He took umbrage at something Nick Minchin, Australian Senate leader and Finance Minister, said during his introduction of me: Nick and Malcolm were on opposite sides during the monarchy referendum, and so Turnbull flounced out in what, for a republican, was a very queeny huff.
Steyn does, however, see some redeeming value in Turnbull’s grasp of fertility and demographics, as may be learned via the link below.