Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is currently putting the finishing touches to his political memoirs. Now he’s come up against an unexpected hurdle, gleefully reported by the Australian media.
Despite not having read the manuscript, the publisher’s insurers have advised they don’t want a bar of it and have withdrawn from any libel cover.
Turnbull has never hidden his bitterness at being rolled. One can assume he will be particularly scathing at those who engineered it, particularly the ghastly Tony Abbot who I correctly forecast on this site, would lose his normally safe Liberal seat in the recent election. But the underlying insurers concern is the spate of million dollar plus libel awards in recent years in Australia. All of these but one strike me as justified and that, to an actress, was subsequently cut back hard on appeal.