And after that, for Premier. So here’s some positive news: Matthew Guy launching leadership coup to oust Michael O’Brien.
FORMER opposition leader Matthew Guy will launch a sensational bid to overthrow Liberal leader Michael O’Brien.
Mr Guy’s camp was trying to convince Mr O’Brien to stand down over recent days but will now seek a vote of 31 Liberal MPs on the party leadership on Tuesday.
It is understood Mr Guy has strong backing within the partyroom and believes he has a solid majority to topple Mr O’Brien amid growing frustration about the Coalition’s inability to gain ground against Premier Daniel Andrews.
Liberal Party sources have told the Herald Sun that research indicates Mr O’Brien is driving votes to Labor and private polling shows “he will take the party backwards”.
In June, an independent poll commissioned by the Herald Sun showed onefifth of voters had not heard of Mr O’Brien and 63 per cent of those surveyed would prefer to see Mr Guy back in the job.
The only bit hard to believe is that four fifths of voters actually had heard of Michael O’Brien. I know that in these days of covid-driven panic, people are grateful to governments that take the standard-issue international approach by closing down the economy and locking everyone in their homes. Even so, someone who might just possibly suggest that Daniel Andrews has been a bit heavy-handed (ie insane) ought to have been able to make some headway in cutting into Daniel Andrew’s lead in the polls. The present Opposition leader is not that person, but Matthew Guy is.
Last time O’Brien was saved because under the quarantine rules in Victoria, it was illegal for a group the size of the Opposition Party room to all meet together at one and the same time. That O’Brien used this to remain where he is proves once again how unfit for leadership he is. There are lots of other reasons, but that did stand out. Here is the supposed big negative:
Supporters of Mr Guy believe he is capable of shoring up votes being driven towards Labor and would be able to regain ground in traditional Coalition heartland.
But, if he is successful, he is expected to be quickly targeted over a 2017 dinner with alleged mafia figure Tony Madafferi at the Lobster Cave restaurant in Beaumaris.
Revelations about the meeting were aired before Mr Andrews’ landslide election win and similar attacks against him are likely to be revived by Labor if he returns to the role.
Meanwhile, Daniel Andrews has tried to sell out Victoria to the Chinese Road and Belt consortium. But it’s Victoria and the media are all flunkies of the left.
Anyway, you have to hope.