I’m not sure exactly what game Tony Abbott is playing of late but it’s certainly not a team sport. The Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, wants to speak with the freedom of the leader of the Opposition without having the responsibility of being one.
Nice work if you can get away with it, I suppose, but you normally can’t. Real leaders of political parties don’t allow it. If you want to be a front bencher you do what shadow ministers are meant to do — shadow a particular minister and be the spokesperson for the party on a particular subject. Abbott seems to know no such discipline. If Malcolm Turnbull continues to allow him to be an oracle about everything and everyone, it will surely end in tears.