Alex Turnbull: political stirrer or dutiful son?
As if Dave Sharma hasn’t enough on his plate in trying to hold Wentworth for the Liberals, along comes Nick Greiner to cut the ground from under his feet with the calumny that Sharma was of the calibre of Malcolm Turnbull. The slur is made marginally less objectionable by the ludicrous equation of Turnbull with Bob Hawke.
Hawke had all the points, negative and positive, of a workhorse while Turnbull had all the uselessness of a show pony. The intervention of Alex Turnbull, may not be such a negative (“Don’t vote for Libs: Turnbull’s son”, 12/10). His relevance has not been established and, anyway, like a dutiful son, he is only sticking up for Dad. Frank Pulsford, Aspley, Qld Because Alex Turnbull does not live in this country, his opinion is irrelevant. His father Malcolm was the most divisive member of the Liberal Party, and exhibited zero political acumen. In my opinion and that of many other of my friends, he was the worst Liberal prime minister in history. That makes Billy McMahon roll in his grave clapping his hands in glee.
The apple seems to have fallen very close to the tree in Alex’s case as his bitterness and born-to-rule mentality clearly shows — as it did with his father. Garry Outhwaite, Crestmead, Qld With the survival of the Coalition government hanging on its success next Saturday it’s a puzzle why the media is reluctant to highlight the Labor ambitions of Malcolm Turnbull. Surely conservatives in Wentworth are entitled to know and read the 2015 story about Malcolm Turnbull being a Labor stooge. It’s so riveting and damaging, any defence of the Turnbull legacy should turn to ashes at the ballot box. Kevin Begaud, Dee Why, NSW What a can of worms there is in this Wentworth by-election. I doubt I’ve seen a contest where some are striving to lose. Even if half trying, they’re more interested in where the voters will place preferences. Rosemary O’Brien, Georges Hall, NSW Alex Turnbull’s Wentworth video will miss its intended mark, rather confirming the genetic principle of inher- ited characteristics. But it will serve to illuminate what the government has rid itself of — with a renewal evident under Scott Morrison who is what Malcolm Turnbull wasn’t — communicative with ease, a common man comfortable with common men and women, articulate, passionate, holding a vision for the nation, commonsensical, fiercely Australian and highly intelligent. Phillip Nehmy, Noosa Heads, Qld Hell hath no fury like a family scorned with Alex Turnbull’s claim that the Liberal Party has been taken over by extremists on the right, and that voters in Wentworth should whack it accordingly.
If the extremists are in charge, how is it that senior moderates who were members of Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry are retained in Scott Morrison’s cabinet in portfolios of arguably higher rank? Kim Keogh, East Fremantle, WA Aside from confirming he is as obnoxious as his father, Alex Turnbull, in his call for Wentworth voters to boycott the Liberals, also confirms he is just as left-leaning and bitter as his father. Neither should be connected to the Liberals, but join the Labor Party and link up with John Hewson, another bitter ex-Liberal. We don’t need people like these, who base their selfish wants above the country. C. Dicker, Bracken Ridge, Qld Like father, like son — the Turnbulls are bitter and twisted losers. It often happens that some people can’t see where they went wrong — everyone else is to blame. You would also expect any son to protect his old man.
Turnbull junior should get a reality check: his old man was a failure as prime minister and he suffered the consequences. Turnbull bludgeoned his way to the top job, leaving Brendan Nelson and Tony Abbott in his wake along the way. Now both Turnbulls are doing their best to destroy the party that, in its failed wisdom, gave Turnbull senior the opportunity to etch his name in history, as wrongly placed that may be.
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