The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government
Kevin Rudd was given no warning, but even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had plenty of warnings, but even she lasted longer than Abbott.
Abbott ignored all the warnings, from beginning to end — the public ones, the private ones, from his friends, his colleagues, the media.
His colleagues were not being disloyal. They did not feel they had betrayed him; th...more
This kingdom was Australia from 2013-15. The two fools were Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Chief of Staff Peta Credlin. In Road to Ruin Niki Savva examines in forensic detail the lies, delusion and weird, weird co-dependence between Abbott and Credlin that eventually saw their own colleagues band against them to throw them out of office. The picture ...more
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“Kevin Rudd was given no warning, but even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had plenty of warnings, but even she lasted longer than Abbott. Abbott ignored all the warnings, from beginning to end — the public ones, the private ones, from his friends, his colleagues, the media.”
Nobody knows the ins and outs of Australian federal politics like Niki Savva! And she writes about it so delightfully that it’s like reading a knowledgeable gossip column ...more
Set the Liberal National Party Coalition, conservatives, and political women back years.
The Zaky Mallah rubbish should have been left out, the detail it went in to was distracting and irrelevant
Niki Savva’s The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government is written in a gossipy, conversational style. Reading it, I felt as though Niki was dishing the dirt over a quiet chardonnay in Kingston. The casual style works because Savva, a political journalist and former media advisor to Treasurer Peter Costello, is giving readers a look into the inner workings of the Australian political machinery.
The first half of the book details the deeply dysfunctional rela...more
Tony Abbott should never, ever have been Prime Minister of Australia, and this book spells o ...more
However, Savva's book show's Abbott as not so much as the blithering idiot he was (which Street does well), but as a kind of empty shell, who was barely capable of anything as complicated as dressing himself. Savva doesn't detail the onions, the minister for women, the gaffes, the day to day stup ...more
I have two main problems with the book.
Firstly it was clearly rushed to publication - apart from the typos, the writing is uneven and jumps about a lot. It would have benefited from more polish and a more logical structure.
Secondly, while Savva doesn't pretend to be a neutral observer and did have an involvement in some of the matters discussed, she injects herself into the writing a bit too much. ...more
Niki Savva is a respected political journalist and I enjoy watching her appearances on Insiders (ABC TV).
I'm not sure I completely like her writing style. The book is very readable, but feels piecemeal and repetitive in parts. There was also a sense that Savva really doesn't LIKE Abbott or Credlin and there's a subsequent hint of bias. But Savva brings a unique perspective to telling this tale; not ...more
Whilst there is a page or two of salacious commentary and speculation (as often quoted in the media at the time of release) that's a minor distraction from the bulk that outlines an office, and people who operate in absolute, total and utter dysfunction. Stupidity, arrogance play their own part as well.
Alas it's the sort of book that the anti-Abbo ...more
There was actually a good story buried in here, but the editing and proofing undermined it dreadfully. Scribe, ordinarily a particularly good publisher, really let Savva down with this book. It was difficult to stay engaged with what should have been a fascinating story.
If you can overlook the bad editing, it's a great read. The low rating is certainly not indicative of Savva's ability - it's Scribe's failure to bring her narrative to fruition.
Tony Abbott was Australia’s 28th Prime Minister, his chief of staff was Peta Credlin. He served as Prime Minister from 18 September 2013 to 14 September 2015. A period of less than two years, and shorter (even) than Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard. In this book, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva sets out how Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin failed.
‘The combination of the two of them, so s ...more
It confirms what was known: the job was beyond Abbott’s capability. There’s plenty of shocking information, from the micro-management of his chief of staff Peta Credlin to the way he treated colleagues. His claims of treachery, skullduggery and ambush abo ...more
An enjoyable romp through a deplorable and blissfully short period of Aus ...more
This is a book about Australian politics, of which I know little despite four years working for one of its more memorable characters. (He is quoted twice, one on the "Relevance Deprivation Syndrome" that hits politicians who have been removed from office, and once on Bronwyn Bishop: "Why do people take an instant dislike to her? It saves time.")
The story told is of the collapse of the government of Tony Abbott, who won the September 2013 election for the ...more
The mid ...more
It highlighted how completely delusional Abbott was and how little self-awareness he had. Not to mention that he was a pathological liar. If he decided that something happened one way and everyone else saw it happen another way there is no way you could convince him that h ...more
Savva is unusual in that she reports on the conservative, or Liberal, side of politics in Australia, without bein ...more
This was almost the insiders guide to the (alleged) downfall of the Abbott government, time releva ...more
Niki Savva’s book compiles a long list of authoritative examples of the failings of Tony Abbott and ...more
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