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The Road to Ruin : How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government - Niki Savva

The Road to Ruin

How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government

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Kevin Rudd was given no warning, but even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had plenty of warnings, but even she lasted longer than Abbott.

Abbott ignored all the warnings, from beginning to end — the public ones, the private ones, from his friends, his colleagues, the media.

His colleagues were not being disloyal. They did not feel they had betrayed him; they believed he had betrayed them. Their motives were honourable. They didn't want him to fail; they wanted the government to succeed, and they wanted the Coalition re-elected.

Abbott and Credlin had played it harder and rougher than anybody else to get where they wanted to be. But they proved incapable of managing their own office, much less the government. Then, when it was over, when it was crystal-clear to everyone that they had failed, when everyone else could see why they had failed, she played the gender card while he played the victim.

In The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva reveals the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on her unrivalled access to their colleagues, and devastating first-person accounts of what went on behind the scenes, Savva paints an unforgettable picture of a unique duo who wielded power ruthlessly but not well.

About the Author

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age. When family tragedy forced a career change, she became Peter Costello's press secretary for six years and was then on John Howard's staff for three. Her work has brought her into intimate contact with the major political players of the last 35 years. She is now a regular columnist for The Australian, and often appears on ABC TV's The Insiders as well as on political panels on Sky.

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ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, ABSOLUTELY SCARY!

"The Road to Ruin", the first-hand witness accounts of the inner workings of the previous Abbott-Credlin government is a great read! I was amazed at how many people stepped out of...Read complete review

"The Road to Ruin", the first-hand witness accounts of the inner workings of the previous Abbott-Credlin government is a great read! I was amazed at how many people stepped out of the shadows to tell their stories – both former and present day politicians and staffers – and at how many of them allowed their stories to be told with their names attached.

The book is really two books. The first part examines the extremely close relationship between Tony and Peta (but no-where does the author actually say they were having an affair – though you're given enough similar witness accounts to draw your own conclusions).

It looks at the utter chaos of Abbott's office and his obsessively dependent relationship with his Chief of Staff and, for once, the stories are EVEN WORSE than the media has been portraying them. The media has really only been publishing the stories of the well-known politicians who got a savaging from Credlin. Politicians are paid handsomely to weather all the storms, I reckon. But junior office staff aren't.

The stories that are far worse detail Credlin's brutal treatment of those she was in charge of inside the PM's office and the emotional breakdowns and walk-outs that followed including some very experienced and tough male staffers.

But the saddest stories of them all concerned Abbott's wife, Margie, who even as our First Lady equivalent, was treated with utter disrespect bordering on contempt. Credlin cut her out of the picture as soon as her usefulness as an electoral prop was done and that could only be achieved if Abbott had agreed with it.

The second part of "The Road to Ruin" is better written than the first and a smoother read. It examines the lead-up to the September coup, who the leading players were, and includes minute details of the secret meetings between the G8 who led the overthrow a mere six months ago.

How did the author, Niki Savva, get all this intimate and previously secret information so soon after the actual event?

After finishing the book, I thought: if only politicians put in as much time, effort and thought to running our beautiful country as they do to advancing their own careers (or, in some cases, just keeping their jobs), they would all be seen as visionary elders and applauded as such.

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Uneven read

Once you get past the first few chapters which are very gossipy and repetitive you do get some useful information about how the Abbott govt. functioned from various perspectives. But it's a hard slog...Read complete review

Once you get past the first few chapters which are very gossipy and repetitive you do get some useful information about how the Abbott govt. functioned from various perspectives. But it's a hard slog with lots of padding. The standard of writing is very basic and some severe editing should have been done. Could have been half the number of pages and made the same points.

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    I am interested in Politics and the downfall of Abbott but I found this book to be very one sided a Labour view point and the Author obviously has a extreme dislike for Peta Kredlin

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    Why we do not trust politicians!

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    Enlightening exposure of the way politicians look after number one. Chiefs of staff need to be limited in the power they acquire. Peta Credlin is a true example of corrupt power behind the throne; she would fit into "Game of Thrones" as an equal of anyone with a self interest and lust for power. Tony Abbott will not learn from his mistakes.

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    Credlin & Abbott the Fall and Fall

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    The 'inside' story of the Credlin/Abbott relationship and how too much power to an unelected staffer resulted in the removal of the PM

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    4.0

    Fascinating analysis of the Abbott/Credlin government

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    This was a fascinating insight into how Abbott and Credlin worked together, especially coming from Nikki Savvas who is known to be on the conservative side of politics. It's a bit out of date already since Turnbull's taking of the leadership. Still, a good read and very interesting if you are interested in Australian politics.

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    very enlightening

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    a very revealing book

     
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    Amazing & Informative - a page turner!

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      A most interesting and informative book for all those interested in political events.

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      What a book!!

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        Can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book!
        It was very well written and easy to follow and explained quite clearly what I felt about Abbott. What a revealing story of a leader that would never have succeeded in running our country. He still continues to deny that he was wrong!! It will be part of my library on the 'History of Australian Politics'.

        Thank you Niki Savva for writing this book.

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        Another Political Exposition

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            Nikki Sava is both a respected journalist and was a long time staff member for coalition members of the Federal Government. She has possibly a unique access to politicians and her meticulous records reveal a selective and selected part of the chaos that was a feature of the Abbott Government.

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            Shocked. Totally shocked.

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            Proof that although we may graduate school, you never really do. Back stabbing, bullying, selfish, proof all politicians and those who work for them in our modern world are out for themselves. If this behaviour happened in any other workplace people would have been dismissed immediately. I always knew politics was dirty but this within it's own party, wow. Well written and believable, this book has been passed around to coworkers and parents. Worth a read.

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              Savva's book disappointed me. Not so much the subject but the style of her writing which I found scattered. She suddenly goes into a subject matter that has no buildup or even context as warning to the reader and she does this throughout. Additionally, there was no explanation as to the 'whys' of Credlin's or Abbott's or the Liberal's dysfunctional methods of governing - we know what they did but not why they did it. Again disappointing.

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              ISBN: 9781925321401
              ISBN-10: 1925321401
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 336
              Published: 7th March 2016
              Publisher: Scribe Publications
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.5
              Weight (kg): 0.46