( CNN) There is a certain mindset in politics, present countries around the world over and across the political range, which doubts expertise. That mindset is currently disclosing itself in Australia, where this week a small group of conservative-minded members of parliament maintain the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, hostage over climate policy.
But several of his own MPs, led by his predecessor as “ministers ” and long-term rival Tony Abbott, pressured him into a climbdown by threatening to vote against the legislation. Turnbull’s government scarcely has a majority in the House of Representative, and losing such a key vote could have led to a leadership challenge. Cowed, he removed the assurance, and on Tuesday narrowly endured a leader challenge