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Scott Morrison has lost another close media ally after key conservative voices Andrew Bolt and Chris Kenny declared last week he was ‘finished’.
The prime minister has seen his approval ratings plummet amid a series of public sagas, with even his staunchest supporters calling for a change at the top of the Liberal Party.
Janet Albrechtsen, a columnist with The Australian, said Mr Morrison is ‘not up to the job’ and the party must find a new leader or they will lose the upcoming federal election.
‘I’d rather a Liberal prime minister who cuts to the chase to defend basic freedom and who can manage the daily housekeeping too,’ Ms Albrechtsen wrote.
‘Keeping Labor out of power made sense when the Liberal Party was liberal and competent.’
Conservative columnist Janet Albrechtsen (pictured with former PM Tony Abbott) says Scott Morrison is no longer ‘up to the job’
Ms Albrechtsen said Mr Morrison’s government has failed to identify what ‘good governments do’, encouraging democracy and defending its basic principles.
She accused him of failing to leave a healthy platform for the next generation of Liberal leaders, saying the next election is proving to be a ‘race to the bottom’.
‘I can’t recall the last time a Labor politician spoke about freedom of speech, religion or movement and meant it. I can’t recall a senior Liberal doing this either,’ she wrote in Wednesday’s publication.
‘And that is why the Morrison government has been a failure as a Liberal government. It is true Labor may be worse. But it will be a fast race to the bottom if we stop expecting Liberals to defend the soul of democracy.’
Last week political commentators Andrew Bolt and Chris Kenny declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison was ‘finished’
Ms Albrechtsen said Mr Morrison’s government has failed to identify what ‘good governments do’, encouraging democracy and defending its basic principles
She also said Mr Morrison’s spending has been ‘wasteful, thoughtless and political’, suggesting the former Treasurer was failing at his economical bread and butter.
‘There is no point bragging about the lowest unemployment rate in years when the country’s borders have been closed for nearly two years,’ Ms Albrechtsen said.
The conservative columnist said in four years of leadership Mr Morrison has failed to cement himself as the country’s leader and has no defining policies.
‘Though his colleagues may describe him as ‘horrible’ and a ‘psycho’ and a ‘liar’, my disappointment with him is less gaudy but no less real,’ she wrote.
‘I can’t put my finger on a single important policy Morrison has made his own, where he has chanced his arm in the political marketplace of ideas because he believes it is important to carry people with him.
‘The gold standard is John Howard and guns, taking on his opponents in the Coalition barely six weeks into his first term as prime minister. Three years into the job, Morrison hasn’t met the bronze level of conviction.’
She labelled Mr Morrison a ‘Hallmark Card’ who acts as a mix of ‘middle management and marketing’.
‘I’d rather a Liberal prime minister who cuts to the chase to defend basic freedom and who can manage the daily housekeeping too. Keeping Labor out of power made sense when the Liberal Party was liberal and competent,’ the columnist said.
Andrew Bolt said last week Scott Morrison was ‘finished’ and urged Peter Dutton to ‘get ready to lead’
Last week staunch ally and political commentator Bolt removed his support for the PM in a scatching review of his recent PR efforts.
The Sky News host, who has been critical of Mr Morrison in the past, described the PM’s visit to a salon in south-east Melbourne where he massaged an apprentice’s head as a ‘sad stunt’.
He urged Defence Minister Peter Dutton, who is favoured by conservatives, to ‘get ready to lead,’ writing in his Herald Sun column: ‘Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks finished, and is now making a fool of himself to get some love.’
Bolt (left) described the PM’s visit to a salon in south-east Melbourne where he massaged an apprentice’s head as a ‘sad stunt’. Former Liberal advisor turned Sky News commentator Chris Kenny (right) blasted the Prime Minister for backing Mark McGowan’s hard border
‘This bizarre photo-op showed not just that Morrison is desperate but out of ideas. It showed he has a dangerously thin skin, and is bleeding.’
Mr Morrison’s visit to the salon came after a horror week which started with a Newspoll which showed the Government trailing the Labor Opposition by a massive 12 points, which if replicated on election day would wipe out 25 seats.
He was then roasted by journalists at the National Press Club where he admitted making several errors during the pandemic but refused to apologise and failed to name the price of bread, petrol and rapid tests.
The PM was later told about unearthed texts from 2019 in which Gladys Berejiklian allegedly called him a ‘horrible, horrible person’ and a mystery minister branded him a ‘complete psycho’.
And on Thursday he was slammed for backflipping to support Western Australia’s hard border, with critics saying it proved he has no principles and can’t be trusted.
Scott Morrison washed a woman’s head on a visit to Coco’s salon in Melbourne last week
The about-face brought friendly fire from Sky News host and former Liberal advisor Chris Kenny who blasted the Prime Minister for not standing up to Mr McGowan.
‘Mark McGowan’s wrong and the Prime Minister didn’t call him out on it,’ Kenny said.
‘(The PM) needs to call out Mark McGowan on this. He’s the Prime Minister of Australia! He should support no internal hard borders.
‘We need politicians who’ll make the right call for the country, not try and second-guess the politics.’
Bolt joined Kenny in savaging the PM, arguing he has failed to land a blow on Labor for months and is haemorrhaging support.
‘Morrison is not just despised by the Left, but disrespected by the Right,’ he wrote.
‘Time’s running out for Morrison. Getting into voters’ hair won’t save him. Only fighting may yet do that, but right now he seems a man with the fight beaten out of him.’
Source: Daily Mail