Barnaby’s latest stunt is tantamount to an admission that his time is up.
When Barnaby Joyce first appeared on the scene as a maverick Nationals senator from Queensland, I wasn’t a fan. During the Howard years he was deliberately disruptive and belligerent. He was distraction. Over the years, he mellowed and as I got to know him better, I became a fan. He was a straight shooter who genuinely cared about rural and regional Australia. He was prepared to say the things others were afraid to say. I always admired his refusal to get involved in the “distractions” of politics, instead choosing to focus on the substance. However, he soon became the distraction again. He continues to be the distraction. Worse still, his ego has gotten the better pf him and everything is all about him. We can’t afford politicians like him sucking the oxygen out of important debates. We have Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer dancing on the fringes for that. It’s no place for a mainstream MP. Barnaby’s latest stunt is tantamount to an admission that his time is up. He’s threatened to resign from the Nationals and sit on the cross benches if four of his colleagues publicly state that they’ve lost faith in him. Here’s hoping they do! But Barnaby, sitting on the cross benches and being a pain in the arse is not the answer. Time to get out of the way altogether. Stop distracting us from the real issues.