I've just seen the news that the Liberal Party of Australia have elected as their new leader Tony Abbott. (ABC News: Shock win for Abbott in leadership vote)
This is the equivalent of if the UK Conservative Party in its darkest years had ever elected John Redwood as leader.
So anyone who ever thought that either the William Hague or Iain Duncan Smith years were so horrible and there was no lower that the Conservatives could have sunk, think again. There truly was a lower point possible.
And to Australian conservatives, I'm afraid this looks even worse than the Downer Months. You have my deepest sympathies.