Someone, pleeease give this man a meaningful job
Peter Costello has been busy, by all accounts, since leaving politics. Yet somehow, he just seems like a guy kicking cans at the moment.
All that talent. All that fight. All that political nous. And there he is now, not in the Capital Hill moshpit, but on all those advisory boards… Sigh.
Costello’s website states, with uncharacteristic blandness, that he is currently managing director of a thing called BKK Partners, and that he reports to the World Bank and a bunch of other worthy entities. Point is, no one really knows what he does. But it’s clear that he’s spoiling for a fight, any fight, with anyone.
This week, it has been as self-evident as the smirk he once wore, that Costello is combat-starved.
First, he teed off in the Fairfax press on – of all things – the pressing national issue of Liz and Shane. The piece soon degenerated into a rant about celebrity and philanthropy more in line with the sort of stuff you’d expect from his brother Tim.
Then there was his extraordinary comment that “any right thinking parent would quake with fear” to learn that an AFL player is visiting their school.
Sheesh, Pete. Talk about tarring ‘em all with the same brush. Would you prefer one of those nice chappies from the NRL visited?
And all this ranting and raving – what’s it all for? He doesn’t need publicity. People know who he is. What Peter Costello needs is a cause. A big cause. Like, oh, say, Australia’s future direction and economic wellbeing.
But alas, the once mighty Peter Costello, who by rights could’ve been leading the nation right now, or at least the opposition, is pretty much twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines while both major parties go to hell all around him. And that’s sad. Cos the man could sure balance a budget.
Costello, of course, was spotted aboard the Abbott bandwagon at the last federal election. All the same, you can’t help thinking the right guy was spruiking the wrong guy. As the Liberals apparently like to say, “shit happens”.
Perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst piece of shit to happen if someone parachuted Peter Costello into a nice safe seat at the next election, then lent him a knife a few months afterwards.
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