There is a lot of soul searching going on in what's left of the Howard Coalition but not a great deal of honesty. No one has yet posed the real question that must be answered: how did we let one conceited, narrow-minded little man lead us into electoral oblivion?
The photograph shows some of the senior Ministers who belonged to the recently rejected government. Though some of them muttered and gossiped behind the scenes over several years not one of them had the courage to either present themselves as a new leader and challenge John Howard or were willing to tap him on the shoulder and tell him firmly, as the day before yesterday's man, he had to go.
After the heavy loss, some of them further demonstrated their bravery and conviction by refusing to nominate for leadership positions while others are expected to resign from parliament during the next term forcing their party into by-elections during which the Coalition will be punished even further.
The great irony is that these same men and women, who failed both their party and themselves, are now trying to form an effective Opposition. But how can you make a party that has any substance out of a group of spineless cowards who are demonstrable failures?
There are interesting times ahead in Australian politics!