If he never has before, then the Prime Minister has now earned the epitaph "little Johnny Howard".
“Mr Howard said it was both a strength and a weakness that the three most visible ministers in the government - Mr Howard, Treasurer Peter Costello and Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer - had been in the same positions since 1996.”
No, it’s not enough for Howard that he wouldn’t surrender his role last year, because he and the Missus can’t think of what to do with themselves once he leaves politics.
No, it’s not enough for Howard that his party will probably be thrown out of office in an unusually spectacular defeat at the next Federal election.
No, it’s not enough for Howard that he will probably be responsible for leaving his party and the country with an inexcusable and prolonged mess to clean up.
Yes, he has to be a total egoistic child and do whatever he can to damn his obvious and only real successor to hell too.
Have we ever had such a selfish, self-serving, petty, envious and manipulative Prime Minister?
What a smarmy asshole.