Bolt ‘deranged’ says Turnbull

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Malcolm Turnbull has called Andrew Bolt ‘deranged’ and ‘unhinged’ in response to Mr Bolt’s suggestion that Mr Turnbull is seeking to take over leadership of the Coalition.

In an interview with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday, Mr Bolt suggested that Malcolm Turnbull had his eye on the Prime Minister’s job. Mr Bolt followed up his comments in a column published yesterday, suggesting that Mr Turnbull’s dinner with Clive Palmer last week indicates that Mr Turnbull is getting closer to Mr Abbott’s “natural enemies”, as he gets ready to take over the party leadership.

Mr Turnbull was not impressed, and he responded with the following statement: 

“Now, let me say this: it borders on the demented to string together a dinner with Clive Palmer and my attending, as the Communications Minister, the launch by a cross-party group of Friends of the ABC and say that that amounts to some kind of threat or challenge to the Prime Minister. It is quite unhinged … And I just have to say to Mr Bolt: he proclaims loudly that he is a friend of the Government. Well, with friends like Bolt we don’t need any enemies. Thank you.”

It seems that the war of the words is not over yet, with Mr Bolt responding in his column today, “He could have shrugged that off. Instead he abused me as “crazy”, “unhinged” and bordering on the “demented”, and got exactly the coverage he’d expect from such an over-the-top attack.”

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has also criticised Mr Turnbull’s response, saying it was over the top. “I thought that Malcolm’s response was too strident, I thought it was inappropriate, it was unwise to do and I think it’s just kicked the whole thing along … Andrew is entitled to his opinions, I think he is a very principled man.”

Labor MP Jason Clare asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott whether he supported Mr Turnbull or Mr Bolt in this matter, to which the Prime Minister responded, “In any dispute between a member of my front bench and a member of the fourth estate, I am firmly on the side of my front bencher.”

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Opinion: Welcome back, Mr Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has been noticeably quiet during the aftermath of the Abbott Government’s first budget. Polls show that Mr Abbott’s own popularity has dropped significantly over the last few weeks, and many people I’ve talked to recently, both from the left and right of politics, were hoping that Mr Turnbull was distancing himself from the budget with a view to taking over the party. Never have I heard so many Greens voters say, “I hope Andrew Bolt is right.”

A change in the leadership now seems unlikely. If Mr Turnbull is planning to take over Mr Abbott’s role (or his supporters are planning it for him), he has damaged his position by coming out so strongly against the idea. It would make him seem like a liar, the very quality which has damaged Mr Abbott’s reputation (also a budget which taxes the poor, but that’s not today’s discussion).

Mr Bernardi’s comments made him sound like a bit of a twit. In one breath he told us that Mr Bolt is entitled to his opinions, while condemning Malcolm Turnbull for sharing his thoughts.

I think the person who came out on top in all of this is Prime Minister Tony Abbott. One of his rivals has vehemently and publically denied any desire to take over the leadership. A reporter’s scaremongering was shot down in front of the cameras. And he should be congratulated for answering a question without qualifying his answer, as he did when he came out in support of his own front bench. It’s a rare act to see in Parliament these days.

What do you think? Should Malcolm Turnbull take over the leadership? Was he right to respond to Andrew Bolt’s comments, or should politicians rise above the scaremongering of the media?

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    Keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer

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    While I did not like him before he has become more acceptable because he has kept quiet.
    Tony will do the job of getting this country back on its feet and perhaps Malcolm will slide in afterwards to do the mopping up.
    This could be a good strategy to keep labor out at the next election.

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      retroy. KEEP ON DREAMING MATE

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      Loyal troops are hard to find retroy. No more so than those who voted for this reprehensible government which lied ABOUT EVERYTHING and never ever had any intention of ‘fixing the country’. This is just the next slogan from a deceitful government which intends doing little more than transfer money from the poor to the rich. Debt is continuing to rise (have you looked) whilst this bunch of deceitful misfits counts on the public to not see what is going on. It is sad that the ‘cattle’ who were taken in during the election campaign are still too stupid to see the game: class warfare and the transfer of wealth.
      If you have any doubts (and I doubt that you have) then ask yourself why superannuation benefits (the great tax avoidance scam for the rich) were strengthened for the rich whilst those for average Australians were dropped as soon as Abbott was elected and why the richest amongst us got received a 1.5% reduction in their tax rate in the budget. It is what it is so by all means be a loyal drone. That is what the bastards count on…..”saving the country”….yeah right!!

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    Maybe Mr. Turnbull has had a gut full of Mr. Bolt making such comments once too often and no longer tolerate it. Sometimes the media have a lot to answer for with their behaviour, including TV stations that turn up at Motorsport accidents, want interviews, take photos – including the vehicle (wanted to know where it was) and have the gall to say they woulkd respect the privacy of the victim and his relatives. They were either tipped off or listening into emergency services via scanners.

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      I saw nothing wrong with the question Bolt asked Abbott. What is wrong with asking a question. Hear them all the time…I well remember when Gillard was in power and there were constant questions to her about Rudd coming back. I never heard any of the journalists being villified for asking the question.
      What is the big deal? Beats me.

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      Sounds more like Abbott loyal commentators backing their man to cut off anything Turnbull can do to become PM. This is tactics.

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    A possible distraction from the chop & change / unclear new budget. Takes the heat off the PM but not for long. Let’s wait & see events following the coming overseas meetings & then when the new senate sits!

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    I can’t questions and comments made by say I blame any politician for becoming angry when journalists keep stirring the pot with questions and comments like Malcolm has had to deal with over the past couple of days. Bolt has put 2 and 2 together and made a meal of it, and other journos have tried to make a banquet out of it! Malcolm may have over reacted, but that’s not unusual when someone has had a gutful. He has said before that he has no aspirations to take over the leadership, so why not leave it alone for now? Maybe down the track somewhere he may change his mind – one can only hope. Journalists seem hell bent on making news out of anything they can scrape up, the grubbing the better.

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      Sorry, my tablet has a mind of its own. Please strike out the first “questions and comments made by”. And grubbing should be grubbier. I have to get used to predictive text.

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    mr bolt’s views are so far to the right maybe he is deranged.

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      I have suspected before that Mr Bolt might have some sort of personal “issues” which make him be so strident.

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      The personal issues are called being a Liberal Party stoolie, the same as Jones. Both a card carrying liberals doing their job. Perhaps they should be shown the door for bias, but remember that these two are a part of a wider network set up by big business to promote its cause.

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    Have to agree with Mr Turnbull. It is most unlikely than he would mount a challenge of any sorts to Mr Abbott. Firstly, Liberals do not usurp a sitting LNP P.M. Leave that type of unscrupulous behaviour to Labor. Secondly, he knows that Mr Abbott has the full support of the Party and the vast majority of the electorate. Thirdly, he understands that the recent budget measures are critical to the Nation’s prosperity.

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      “Mr Abbott has the full support of the Party and the vast majority of the electorate.”
      I don’t think so!!! Haven’t you seen the current opinion polls.

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      If Turnbull is protesting vehemently wishing to be heard loud and clear that he is not undermining Abbott you can almost be positive, HE IS. Politicians are so thick skinned they say and do anything for POWER. You indicate Liberals do not usurp a sitting PM, they may not do it that often, but they do. Menzies and Gorton were deposed by party-room coups. In fact there have been 22 changes of Prime Minister WITHOUT AN ELECTION. Reasons include: defeat in Parliament; party-room coup; vice-regal intervention; death; voluntary departure.
      So, that type of unscrupulous behaviour is prevalent throughout political parties.
      As to Abbott having full support of the party that remains to be seen, and he certainly, at present, doesn’t have the love of the electorate. In fact on the eve of going off to promote Australia overseas there has been a U.S.A. roast of him by a comedian said to be hilarious depicting all the gaffs he’s made since assuming office. I fail to see where he understands the recent budget measures are critical to the nation’s prosperity. So many cuts, and more cuts, across a range of programmes, so many lost jobs, too many changes too soon. If you want to create jobs and prosperity why cut to the bone. If job seekers have no money to spend due to cuts and fee hikes etc. they’re living just to survive. This budget is a pack-of-poo-ticket hurriedly put together by an inexperienced treasurer who was experiencing great difficulty putting it together by its deadline. It looks as if he needed a bit of help from Costello.

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      DAZ, Unfortunately too many Liberal voters dont see the the current opinion they go around with their eyes shut

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      Yes but they are media driven, nothing to do with facts. I am sure you would agree. Just remember the Liberals have the future of this Country at heart, whereas Labor along with the Greens only have one intention; Enslave us all. The choice is yours, just chose carefully.

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      niemakawa, Its the Labor thats thinks of all the voters of our country not just the wealthy

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      “Firstly, Liberals do not usurp a sitting LNP”???
      It never ceases to amaze me how naive the public is. Firstly, Abbott deposed Turnbull as PM. Do you not remember that? Secondly, this government does not have the support of the vast majority of the electorate. It came to power in a one sided propaganda campaign run by the big end of town. The money tap is now already flowing to that end of town but you car too blind to see that of course preferring to talk the closed minded pro Liberal rhetoric. Thirdly, you suggestion that this government will restore national prosperity is ignorance of the worst kind. Apart from sending money to the rich (already started) this government is continuing to send Australian jobs offshore, as evidenced just yesterday when it was announce that contracts for 2 new navy ships would not be awarded to Australian companies.
      The issue in Australia is that jobs are being sent offshore. It is a trend which has been going on for years and shows no sign of ending. In the end it will mean higher taxes as it is not sustainable and we will have to slip into worst deficit if this madness is not ended.
      So get real niemakawa and open your eyes rather than supporting a team of misfits owned by big business and the rich. You and millions of not too bright Australians have been set up for the slaughter. Sadly, you continue to support ‘your team’ without the critical analysis of what you are supporting. Lambs to the slaughter!!

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    Bolt is the extremely far right and his comments show that the Abbott camp is aiming to undermine a fairly moderate liberal in Turnbull. Bolt is far from deranged he is dead set cunning. He is a sound supporter of Abbott as Tony is never allowed on anyone’s programs who isn’t. The script would have been very carefully worked out. Abbott then took the high ground and gave support to Turnbull the damage having been done. The Liberals really think the Australian electorate is that dumb.

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    Deja vu ! Remember Gillard and Rudd said the same thing a couple of years ago?? Politics, and Politicians are all the same, LIES; they will do anything to keep “LIVING IN EASY STREET ” !!l

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      LIVING IN EASY ST WHILST RIPPING OF PENSIONERS ..NOTHING BUT OVERPAID SCUMBAGS………….

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      THATS ALL THEIR DOING RIPPING THE RETIRED PENSIONERS OFF AND GIVEING US LESS………….. AND TAKING MORE FOR THEMSELVES.

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      I sincerely believe Mr. Turnbull has genuine compassion and feelings for all Australians. He rose to wealth and position but has never forgotten his roots. I believe he is one of the very few politicians who has the knowledge and the understanding to marry together the needs of the poor/non elite and those who are seen as the ‘haves’. He knows what drives an economy, the ability to produce AND the ability to purchase. He has no need of money (if money is power, then he has plenty) and this is what leads me to believe he has trhe makings of a good leader.

      Unfortunately little scum bags like Bolt get under the skin of people.

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      The difference: Labor NEVER took money from the poor and sent it to the rich end of town like this bunch. Labor lied about one policy (Carbon tax) whilst this government LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING and has tried to repeal EVERYTHING that Labor enacted in 2 terms…..for which it does not and never had a “MANDATE’. That is the difference.

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      I agree mick.Infact I was sort of listening to the TV yesterday afternoon and I heard Mr. Bolt say to repeal the ‘carbon tax’ would only benefit … the wealthy!!I nearly dropped the iron! For once I agreed with the BOLT REPORT. I think the way the Coalition was allowed to humiliate and denigrate Julia Gillard was nothing short of criminal. That was a very shameful time in Australia’s history.

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    Andrew Bolt is truly right wing whereas Malcolm Turnbull is small “l” Liberal in the tradition of Menzies, Holt Fraser etc.
    Bolt obviously detests Turnbull and it would seem that he views him as a real threat to Tony. He is probably correct in that view. Unless the polls really pick up then a challenge could be on the way as the one things the Liberals hate is losing an election. If the choice is lose or dump Tony, and his cohorts, then you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what will happen.
    At this stage I suspect that the next Parliament will be a hung one as so many voters are disgusted with the two major parties and so will vote for minor parties, or Independents. Should that happen, given his hard line inflexible approach, Tony will find it nigh on impossible to form a good enough relationship to get those on-side.
    To sum up Andrew Bolt can sense that Turnbull is not only a threat to Tony but also himself due to a mutual loathing of each other.

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