I can understand why people dont like Tony Abbott for his past deeds, among them the almost criminal persecution of Pauline Hanson and other dirty work that 'Teflon' John Howard didn't want to be associated with, but Abbott's interview on the 7.30 report moments ago had me shaking my head in disbelief.
When pressed by Kerry O'Brien (the host who got Rudd to lose his cool under probing questions) over his statement in March concerning no new taxes under a Liberal government yet a month later he was introducing a new tax on business to pay for the (crazy) 6 months maternity leave, Abbott ummed, arrred spluttered and stammered and said in the heat of debate he sometimes goes a bit too far or in words similar. In other words in the heat of battle he says things that are different from those statements carefully scripted?? Good Grief!
He couldn't have dug a deeper hole for himself if he had used two bloody shovels, because O'Brien countered with 'well how are we going to know if you are stating is carefully scripted or not"? This clearly had Abbott on the ropes and he then dropped back to his standby phrase "Well Kerry I'm doing my best".
In my opinion he isn't doing anywhere near good enough on explaining himself on live (unscripted) interviews and is shooting himself and the Libs chances in the feet. Surely his handlers can see what a disaster Abbott is when public speaking and at a time when the Rudd government is vulnerable quite frankly Abbott STINKS!