Plots and Prayers

Plots and Prayers

Coup That Destroyed Malcolm Turnbull and Left the Liberals in Ruins

by Niki Savva

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 07/04/2020

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In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva reveals the inside story of eight days of madness that cast a Liberal prime minister and his party into the outer darkness of Australian politics. 

On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effectively signalling the end of his leadership. Three days later, the deed was done, and Scott Morrison was anointed prime minister.

Abbott's relentless campaign of destabilisation, helped along by his acolytes in the Parliament and by his powerful media mates, the betrayals of colleagues, and the rise of the religious right, climaxing in the challenge by Peter Dutton, all played a part in Turnbull's downfall.

But so did Turnbull's own poor political judgement. He was a good prime minister and a terrible politician. The good bits of Malcolm were not enough to make up for the bad Malcolm.

Nevertheless, the sheer brutality of his removal left many Liberals aghast. MPs were traumatised or humiliated by eight days of madness. Men and women cried from sheer anguish. They went through hell, and feared when it was over that they would not make it back - and nor would the Liberal Party.

Turnbull's road ended in ruins, as it was always bound to and as he always knew it would, as he predicted to Niki Savva less than three years before it happened.

But when his end was imminent, he could not bear to let go. And when it was over, he was defiant, fragile - and, yes - vengeful.

This is the inside story of what happened - and what happened next.

ISBN:
9781925849189
9781925849189
Category:
Political leaders & leadership
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
07-04-2020
Publisher:
Scribe Publications
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
408
Dimensions (mm):
233x154x29mm
Weight:
0.56kg
Niki Savva

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age.

When family tragedy forced a career change, she became Peter Costello's press secretary for six years and was then on John Howard's staff for three. Her work has brought her into intimate contact with the major political players of the last 35 years.

She is now a regular columnist for The Australian, and often appears on ABC TV's The Insiders as well as on political panels on Sky.

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