Listening to the debate started off at midday by Malcolm Turnbull on ‘UteGate’, I am now utterly and completely convinced that Malcolm Turnbull is a dead_in_the_water leader. Relevant reports have issued throughout the day on ThePunch site, with continual updates as events unfolded outside the House. AFP raiding Godwin Grech’s residence, then button-holing a former Costello/former Turnbull/former Treasury employee. The email has been proven by the AFP to be a fraud, or at least, “created by a person or persons other than the purported author of the email.” Just who the real author is, we’ll discover in time, but I have to say that this debacle, which is the most positive description I can provide after listening all day, has surely set back the chances of the coalition of making any headway out of the political wilderness. Even Joe Hockey didn’t sound at all as if he believed what he was saying, whilst allowing his voice to become shrill. Tony Abbott wasn’t at all convincing with his lame points of order. The whole day has been a perverse display of self-harm by the conservatives. How Turnbull will survive this disgrace simply escapes me.