Tony Abbott has quite spectacularly botched his attempt to pay tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke. 

Hawke, who once described Abbott as “mad as a cut snake”, has been celebrated as a Labor legend, a giant of politics, and a true Aussie character beloved by all. In a statement on social media, Abbott opened his tribute by declaring Hawke a “great prime minster.” 

“In my judgement, he was Labor’s greatest prime minister.” 

AND THEN:

“But his key achievements – financial deregulation, tariff cuts, and the beginnings of privatisation – went against the Labor grain, as Labor’s more recent policy direction shows. 

“You might also say that he had a Labor heart, but a Liberal head.

“Certainly, the Coalition supported nearly all of his big reforms, helping to make his tenure a time of economic revitalisation.”

Honestly, the top replies say it all.

Tony Abbott Torn To Shreds For His Supremely Awful Tribute To Bob Hawke
Twitter: Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott Torn To Shreds For His Supremely Awful Tribute To Bob Hawke
Twitter: Tony Abbott

At the time of writing, Abbott’s tweet has 730 likes, 201 retweets, and almost 4,000 – mostly negative – comments.

Abbott is campaigning for re-election in his seat of Warringah against chief political opponent, independent candidate Zali Steggall. 

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