Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg address the media about the results of the Wentworth By- Election, on the grounds of Kirribilli House, Sydney, Sunday, October 21, 2018 after Wentworth voters backed independent candidate Kerryn Phelps.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg address the media about the results of the Wentworth By- Election, on the grounds of Kirribilli House, Sydney, Sunday, October 21, 2018 after Wentworth voters backed independent candidate Kerryn Phelps. CHRIS PAVLICH

Disregarding Wentworth would be complete idiocy

OPINION:

LIBERALS will look many places as they try to apportion blame for what is nothing short of a disaster in Wentworth.

You can bet your life the last place they'll look will be the mirror.

As it stands, their only hope to cling on is via postal votes. Even a razor-thin winning margin for Dave Sharma is still a disaster.

What's interesting is the noise coming from some conservatives that Wentworth isn't a true gauge of the electorate and is out of touch.

Interesting sentiments about a seat which has been nothing but a conservative heartland for almost 120 years.

The seat has never been in non-conservative hands. These voters are everything the Liberal Party epitomises and applauds.

Rich, powerful, private-schooled and connected. Basically prerequisites for a Liberal MP.

For those who were fed up with the status quo and decline of the party, they could feel well justified in their decision to take a stand, given the ease with which some have been prepared to discount the importance of Wentworth voters.

The criticism of Malcolm Turnbull is ridiculous.

His knifing was unexplained, so he need not justify his silence.

To blame him and his "sulking” as Barnaby Joyce put it would be a grave mistake.

This was a clear message to get back in touch with voters instead of playing games.

Represent people instead of your own interests and govern from the sensible centre. That Wentworth had to deliver the message speaks volumes.