Keep your enemies enemies even closer

Reports are now surfacing that Costello has been offered a position on the board of the future fund.

“We are looking very seriously at Costello for the job,” the source said. “He is more than qualified and the nation knows he has economic cred. Politics doesn’t necessarily play a part here, experience does.”

Well that’s one way to neutralise a former treasurer.

Abbott and Costello

As suggested by Min – we think this photo deserves a caption.

Abbott and Costello

Costello Melts

Breaking news:

Peter Costello will retire from politics at the next election.

More from the story:

“I will continue to be involved in public policy – particularly at the international level – through my engagement on the International Advisory Board of the World Bank, I would like to thank my constituents and the electors of Higgins for the privilege of representing them in seven Commonwealth Parliaments. Three of those terms have been in Opposition and four in Government.”

And just when the people of Higgins had become grown accustomed to his face.

Memo to the federal Liberal party: please sort it out

Even though it is amusing to see the problems that the tussle between Costello and Turnbull is causing to the Liberal party and their ratings, I cannot help but think that we need a decent opposition who will be debating the issues that matter instead of each other.

I really do not care about mandates, I just want the proposed IR legislation to be balanced. And if that means that the coalition votes against it or proposed amendments then so be it. Both sides of the house have that obligation to the Australian people. And if the people do not like it, then they will voice their opinion at the ballot box.

And so – will Costello please make up his mind. Does he want to be in or out? It’s not the Hokey Pokey.

Hockey 1, Hockey 2

Was Joe the first pick for opposition treasury spokesperson or not? There are so many stories in the press today detailing how Turnbull actually asked Costello on Sunday (before Bishop fell on her sword) if he wanted the job! Including this story from Dennis Shanahan:

ABC radio last night cited unnamed Costello supporters who said Mr Turnbull’s offer of the shadow treasury job was not a “clean” one.

And this from the SMH:

Senior Liberals say categorically that Mr Costello was asked whether he wanted the shadow treasury when it became apparent that Ms Bishop would be forced out. The latest offer was made on Sunday.

And so Joe is now going to be taunted forever as “number two”, and we all know what number two’s are.

Costello as Lazarus, Turnbull as the Hollywood star?

Last night, the greatest PM that never was, Peter Costello made a spectacular and hilarious appearance on Lateline. Well, when I say hilarious – Peter laughed at his own jokes.

My favourite part was when Costello made an aside that Rudd’s essay in Monthly Essay will lift the sales. Now – I wonder how Peter’s biography is going?

Anyway – the point of this post is – are we seeing the return of the un-annointed king to the political spotlight? Does he think that he should be the rightfull leader of the Liberal party?

I wonder if we are heading for a Howard/Peacock type of power struggle where Peter is playing John (ex-treasurer, unloved by his own party) and Malcolm is playing Andrew (suave, rich, believes his own publicity).

Anyway – let’s keep all of the comment about Costello in this thread.

Costello the Wise

In an opinion piece in the SMH this morning, Costello the Wise is sticking to his mantra that he was the genius who is solely responsible for Australia not being hit by the finanacial tsunami that is engulfing the world.

It is amusing when he says things like “Main Street USA missed out on the bonuses that were being paid when the party was in full swing”. Sorry to inform you Peter – but the same thing occured here in Australia.

When the big bonuses and profits were being syphoned off here in Australia, we had the former PM and Costello telling us that we have never had it so good. But that “goodness” never really made it down to “main street”. But how many on “main street” really benefitted from the party – the level of personal debt in Australia is now the largest it has ever been. We have had the party, and guess who is left with the hangovers and the debt. Yep – you and me.

And as usual, it is interesting to read his words carefully. He says that the Coalition government cleared all debt, but then in the next sentence he qualifies it to say that they “cleared all the debt in net terms”. And that to me, my friends, looks like his get-out-of-gaol card – meaning that there is debt, just that it is not out in the open!