Greg Sheridan: [crippling; replicate; shambles; practising; forbear; inundate; reconfigure ] Well, look, I don't have a strong view about it really one way or the other. But I do think the government overall has been pursuing good policy. But it's very often pursued good policy with disastrous political consequences. On climate change, it is where the public wants to be. Rejecting an economy-crippling tax but taking the science seriously. The public suspects that the Prime Minister doesn't believe in the science, with no disrespect, Malcolm - it suspects that Malcolm doesn't believe in the policy and, this is kind of replicated, not between Malcolm and Tony but all across the government, it's been pursuing good policy but with disastrous political mismanagement. Now I think the Chief of Staff of Prime Minister's office has been running the political show. Politically it's been a shambles and the Chief of Staff has to take responsibility for it. Also, every single practising journalist, I was late to write this. I forbore from writing it but every single practising journalist has been inundated with tales of bad relationships between the Prime Minister's office right across the party and with the business community. Now, my worry for the Prime Minister who, I think, has the makings still of very fine Prime Minister is that even today he doesn't fully grasp the depth of the crisis which he and his government are in and one of the things you do in a crisis is make big changes, change the equations fundamentally and, getting the Chief of Staff to move on honorably. I certainly wouldn't sack her but moving her into a different role or something, would be part of recognizing and reconfiguring.
causing severe damage or problems;
1. a situation in which there is a lot of confusion;
2. a place which is dirty or untidy;