On top of recent speculation that Julie Bishop is rapidly losing support with Liberal party ranks following a number of gaffes and poor performances in parliament – including a “cat clawing” incident – Julie Bishop won’t be pleased to read Annabel Carr’s analysis in the Sydney Morning Herald….
“Nobody gives “looks” quite like Julie Bishop can.”
“The Liberal deputy leader is carefully co-ordinated in everything she wears, from the heels on her feet right up to the expression on her face.”
“But the expressions are easily the best. When the shadow treasurer “looks” at you, you know you’ve been “looked” at.”
“The Bishop repertoire ranges from shocked innocence through pouting reproach to pure hate. Each has a specific use. Each is unforgettable.”
The shadow treasurer entered question time yesterday wearing “Hillary Clinton”.
“Hillary Clinton” is a dazzling, defiant, diamond-hard smile, whose wattage tends to be in inverse proportion to the direness of the circumstances at hand. It is an expression employed when everything around the wearer is falling apart, and she’d really like everyone to change the subject; Bishop donned the very same expression this year for a press conference after her colleagues voted to abandon Australian Workplace Agreements, against her express advice.”
“She has, of course, other expressions for happier times.”
“There’s a pouting, teasing one, “Britney”, which she occasionally uses to taunt her opponents.”
“But it was yesterday, after the shadow treasurer asked a question of Wayne Swan, that we really saw something special.”
“As she sat down, some Labor backbencher called out something about plagiarism.”
“Bishop turned – and there it was – “Blue Steel!”
“A flash of pure poison, deep and savage.”
“I BEG your pardon?” the shadow treasurer hissed, as her tormentors whooped and cackled.”
“As you can imagine, Julia Gillard is thoroughly enjoying her opponent’s discomfiture.”