Choking on Costello
John Howard: [visibly tense, eyes swivelling] “The Liberal Party of course will need to choose a new leader. I wish that person whoever it is and I’ve indicated very clearly from my earlier remarks who I believe it should be, I believe the future of our party does lie very much with people – erm, with Peter Costello – and others who will come in behind him.”
Alexander Downer [on Costello]: “I think he’ll be a very – hrm, [cough cough] – excuse me – a very formidable leader.”
And Costello himself is choking over his pledge to not run for party leader, in his news conference as I write. Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio.