Here we are, two months after Tony Abbott lost the top job in a late night coup d’etat, still talking about whether the Foreign Minister is actually Lady Macbeth.
Reports this week that her Chief of Staff attended meetings where the plot to bring down then Prime Minister Tony Abbott was hatched have focused on what role Bishop had in the scheme.
Look at the time, I sat on the couch with a glass of red wine and watched as the press gallery tried to conserve their iPhone batteries on live television waiting for the ballot to decide the new PM, just like the rest of Australia’s political tragics. But I have to ask: Why are we still so obsessed with Bishop’s role?
Here is Bishop discussing Abbott’s ousting on The Today Show:
I think I know the answer.
The same thing happened when Julia Gillard toppled Kevin Rudd. There was a feverish fixation on the “betrayal” side of things.
People didn’t talk about betrayal when Kevin Rudd toppled Kim Beazley for the Opposition Leader job. They didn’t wonder how he could bring himself to do it.
They also aren’t asking those questions of Malcolm Turnbull.
And while Scott Morrison might have got a bit of a Judas treatment in the first weeks after the switch, the caravan moved pretty swiftly on.