The Nightwatchman has declared that it’s on! I can only suspect that Nelson is hoping to catch Turnbull unprepared for the spill and is hoping to bluff him. This could catastrophically backfire in one of two ways;
- Turnbull throws his hat in the ring and massacres Brendoc, or
- Turnbull sits on his hands, briefs journos about how he never had any intention of challenging before the next election and leaves Brendoc looking like an idiot, with no extra sense of authority over his party.
Whatever the result, Nelson can’t win. He’s refused to even pretend to be competent over the past ten months and this snap call for a spill only reinforces the idea that he makes stuff up on the run.