Well, this just about takes the biscuit.
Tony Abbott says that it is Julia Gillard and her “crude political headbanging” who has lowered the tone of debate in this country.
”Both sides are guilty but I think that as prime minister Gillard was particularly bad at it,” he said in Fairfax today.
Mr Abbott said Ms Gillard had driven an ”over-the-top” campaign to damage his reputation. She had maligned him.
I appeal to the umpire… HOWZAT!?
This from a man who stood in front of a poster that read “Ditch the Witch”. Who stood silent as Ms. Gillard’s honour was sullied by the most outrageous slurs.
A man who didn’t ever utter a peep as the Prime Minister of this country was derided as barren, frumpy, ugly… who ought to be put in a chaff bag or kicked to death.
I’m gobsmacked at this latest effort in resuming his attacks on a former Prime Minister who was so gracious in defeat.
As a former boxer I suppose Tony Abbott can’t resist throwing one last punchdrunk, swinging haymaker even as his former opponent is sitting in the dressing room having her wounds attended to.
Recently on Radio National’s Sunday Extra programme I spoke of Tony Abbott as being personable and friendly when you met him in the flesh. I was prepared to give his maligned character the benefit of the doubt.
I take it back. I was naïve.
Abbott says his portrayal by Ms. Gillard as a misogynist was “invalid and unfair”.
”You go into this business and you’ve got to take your lumps, but at times I certainly thought that the then prime minister went right over the top,” he said.
Except he hasn’t “taken his lumps”… you can still see the bruising and swelling. That little woman Gillard obviously hit him right where it hurts.
Putting the heated argument of sexism aside – and it seems that doesn’t play well in the electorate – I accuse Tony Abbott of something more heinous that perhaps Aussie voters will understand.
It’s unsportsmanlike, Tony. You’re the victor. Take it on the chin.
You’re a sexist. Julia is a man-hater. You won! Go you!!
In saying the accusations against you were “invalid and unfair” you’re saying that even though you prevailed… it should have been by a bigger margin.
Just whose reputation has been more damaged in this bare knuckle brawl? I’d suggest it’s Julia Gillard’s.
You’re still standing, mate. Take it as a glorious triumph. The glittering prize is within reach.
I detest a bad sport.
Even more, I loathe a bully boy who can’t resist going back for One. Last. Punch.