The Fool on the Hill

Tell me that the Beatles weren’t singing about Tony Abbott when they recorded The Fool on the Hill back in 1967.

Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he’s just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning ’round.

Their fool on the hill bears an uncanny resemblance to the fool on Canberra’s Capital Hill. Day after day the foolish grin, day after day never gives an answer: classic Abbott.

Poor Tony. He looks the fool when he never gives an answer but it is when he does talk that a bigger fool emerges. That old saying credited to Abraham Lincoln certainly rings true for Tony Abbott: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Just how much of a fool is he, or more precisely, how much of a fool does he make of himself?

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