MPs don’t know whether there will be a party room meeting on Friday or whether the crisis will roll on – but either way the stakes are immense

A rusted-on Turnbull supporter noted ruefully at the start of the week in which one of the parties of government in Australia suddenly snapped in two while the voters watched on in astonishment, the problem with the prime minister is his willingness to “coddle his enemies”.

After the prime minister refused to accept the resignations of the ministers who had lined up behind Peter Dutton in Tuesday’s snap leadership ballot, the government man noted ruefully: “Malcolm has always coddled his enemies and not the people who save his arse.

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