MAYBE it wasn’t just a publicity stunt to seem a bit cuddlier to the women of Australia.
Tony Abbott appears to be genuine in his love for the British TV drama Downton Abbey.
The Sun-Herald gave the Opposition Leader an impromptu grilling on Downton yesterday after his wife, Margie, outed him as a fan earlier in the week.
Asked to nominate his favourite character, Mr Abbott said: ”I think they’re all pretty good but the dowager duchess is pretty impressive.” Downton aficionados would understand that as a passable reference to matriarch and snob Lady ”What is a weekend?” Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith.
And a villain?
”There’s no one I dislike other than perhaps that rather nasty butler” – a reference to the scheming footman Thomas Barrow.
The Sun-Herald pointed out that Robert, Earl of Grantham, was the head of a family with three daughters – just like Mr Abbott – and asked him to name them, but it proved a question too far.
”Enough TV commentary,” he said.
He did concede he was sweating on the release of series three.
A Newspoll is due out on Tuesday. It will cover a period in which Margie Abbott shone as an assured and impressive campaigner.
This week will be another interrupted sitting week.
Tomorrow is a public holiday in Canberra so Parliament will not resume until Tuesday.
Later in the week the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Mr Abbott will travel to Bali for the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombing, an occasion neither side of politics will seek to exploit.
”I think it’s fair to say the mood will be muted,” said one Labor MP of the lead up to the anniversary.
It is not so much that everything is rosy inside Labor but that, as another MP said, ”everyone has become impervious to sensation”.
But politics as usual will continue with the government keen to exploit divisions within the Coalition ranks over legislation to deregulate the wheat market.
A momentary distraction might also be had in the return of Senator Cory Bernardi, last seen hightailing it out of Canberra a fortnight ago after linking gay marriage to bestiality.
There are only five more parliamentary sitting weeks before the end of the year and MPs on all sides are limping towards the break knowing next year will be even busier and more bruising as speculation turns to possible election dates. Some within the Liberal Party believe it might be as early as March but just as many senior players believe the government will run full term.
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