Barnaby Joyce emerged from obscurity as a Senator because he was prepared to play the role of the straight-talking boy from the bush prepared to say and do what he thought was right rather than toe some party line. Single-handedly it seemed like he might even give the National Party a renewed relevance in the political scheme of things as a party interested in using the Senate to further the cause of country people rather than providing ministerial jobs for its parliamentary members.
The looks were deceiving. The once maverick man has decided to join the mainstream and accept the discipline expected of a shadow minister. He has proved himself to be just another self-interested politician.