Michelle Grattan October 30, 2010
Edited by S W Read October 30, 2010
JOE Hockey, who is one of your more thin-skinned politicians, needed the hide of a rhinoceros this week. Hockey was in almost everybody's gunsights including, inadvertently and bizarrely, those of his own leader.
Mike Smith, chief executive of ANZ, which had just announced a $5 billion profit, did, comparing him to the communist President of Venezuela.
John Howard was asked to compare him with Peter Costello, the former PM would have been diplomatic, rather than bluntly declaring, ''I don't think he's in that league, no, of course not.''
This led to the finger-pointing, reported warnings from Hockey supporters that Abbott needed to put a stop to the white-anting of his shadow treasurer.
It beggars belief that Hockey, could have most of the party, including Abbott, accepting he would become leader one day
He now has to look over his shoulder in his present job. Andrew Robb wanted to have a tilt at the deputy leadership after the election so he could demand the shadow treasurer position.(Andrew is a patient man)
The Grattan Institute, identifies one of Hockey's failures - and challenges: ''In his time in the portfolio he has yet to develop a coherent narrative about the economy and how he'd have responded to the various challenges it has faced in recent times.''
JOE WATCH YOUR BACK!