Is anyone feeling sorry for Amanda Vanstone? Stop it. Right now. Vanstone ought to have been sacked years ago and in any other period of Australia’s political history she would have been.
The manner of her departure does strike one as another case of John Howard emulating his hero, George W Bush, who has a wonderful way with praising his colleagues’ prowess to the hilt, despite all evidence to the contrary, before summarily dismissing them. Cushy jobs follow.
Vanstone has presided over one of the great scandals of the era and, in the manner of her esteemed leader, has never accepted any responsibility for it. In this she has relied on the previously unyielding support of Howard.