You are trying desperately to instigate a leadership coup and everything you try is failing. What’s a poor journalist to do? Public opinion poll after opinion poll is predicting a smashing defeat but still the party room won’t act.
Then it must be time to unveil some really disastrous internal party polling. So it was that this morning Steve Lewis and Malcolm Farr came out in the Sydney Daily Telegraph with the so-called news that a confidential survey, commissioned by the Liberal party’s national organisation, points to the Rudd Government picking up 20 additional seats if an election was called now.
Among those who would go down the gurgler of defeat would be Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull and his potential replacement Joe Hockey.