Thought police catch up with a NSW MP who expressed an incorrect view in a book. Don't go forming the view that someone is innocent then proceed to campaign for them. Ever. Or you can't govern.
The leadership of the country is in limbo, but the likely outcome is a win for lying and a slow death by a thousand slivers of bamboo under the fingernails for the man who could've been:
Mr Howard is preferred as prime minister over Mr Costello by 66 per cent to 20 per cent and over Mr Beazley by 53 per cent to 27 per cent.Message to the youth of today, read Machiavelli, be a total crunt, lie, and you can have it all.
Will this be the end for Costello? The Libs may take it, with some good reason, as a pretty strong indication that he's close to unelectable. But Howard has shown that if you cling on like a rat on an anchor rope, things can swing your way.