Friday, October 20, 2017

Bright sparks on energy leave Abbott in the dark

After losing the prime ministership, Tony Abbott bunkered himself in the prime minister's office for three days and three nights without emerging.

Illustration: John Shakespeare 
To Malcolm Turnbull and his team, increasingly frustrated as they tried to move into the prime ministerial suite and establish an executive government, it was evidence of a mad king who couldn't accept the reality of his downfall.

To Abbott, feeling himself the victim of base treachery, it was a deserved moment to console distraught staff, write references for them, and organise a dignified departure.

But how did he sustain himself? Loyalists supplied him with takeaway meals and spirits of solace.

Read the comment by Peter Hartcher in today’s Melbourne Age - “Bright sparks on energy leave Abbott in the dark.”

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