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Malcolm (and) the sumo wrestler

30 November, 2009

The last few days have proved to be an interesting day at both poles of the pacific: politics in Australia, and sumo in Japan.
While on Thursday in Canberra, Liberal Party leader Malcolm Turnbull tried hard to avoid a spill in party ranks,  sumo yokozuna (champion) Asashoryu went into his bout with a season all-win track record, tied with the other yokozuna and rival Hakuho.

The sumo ring leaves very little room for diplomacy or delicate politics. And of late, Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has been described as having similar qualities. Backbencher Dennis Jensen has described his attitude as a “scorched earth” policy, as he has pushed ahead with unfettered by challenges from within the party and wholesale resignations, in a manner that Annabel Crabb has imagined his colleagues as wondering “why doesn’t he die?”

News photoYet in Kyushu last week, Asashoryu made a fatal mistake in his Thursday bout by thrusting his arm too far in and his opponent soon had him on the ground, bringing him to 11 wins-1 loss. The following days were no better for the troubled yokozuna. As his rival Hakuho continued to win bouts, Asashoryu followed up his loss with two more, going in to face Hakuho with an 11-3 score, while the other yokozuna was at 14-0, with only Asashoryu standing between him and a straight 15-0 tournament victory and the Emperor’s cup.

With the leadership spill in the Liberal Party all but over, news is certainly all over twitter (#spill), and with the Loyal Joe Hockey now poised to make a challenge for leadership and See No Evil Tony Abbott prepared to step down from the challengers podium, the next 24 hours look certain to reveal whether Malcolm Turnbull will share the same fate as Asashoryu, or whether he will be able to weather this latest barrage of bombs and bullets and go on living like a T-1000 out of Terminator.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 November, 2009 3:15 pm

    Joe could sumo. We’ll see how he does tomorrow.

  2. ribbet permalink
    30 November, 2009 4:46 pm

    Crabbe’s comments are as always astute and entertaining. Turnbull does seem to thrive on the attacks and he did look as if he was enjoying the interview today. But I must say I like him better than the other backstabbers.

  3. fairgo permalink
    30 November, 2009 9:15 pm

    Turnbull was the man who led the charge for Australia to become a republic.

    He lost that.

    But he keeps coming back for more.

    He keeps getting back into the ring.

    Are the ‘minchinites’ against him because of the ETS or because of his republican stance?

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