Tony Abbott’s back-flip on electoral funding reforms again raises question of integrity and leadership on the part of the self proclaimed weather-vane. This was always going to be an unpopular measure- no one likes politicians looking after themselves. But there were also some potentially good reforms, such as increased transparency as part of the bill. In the end, as with Julia Gillard’s infamous carbon tax promise, where Abbott has really been caught out here is the fact that in a letter to the ALP he had agreed to the reforms, and then tried to back-peddle by claiming the Coalition had not been consulted, when they in fact had. To me, this looks like a display of unabashed populism from a leader who famously would do just about anything (just ask Tony Windsor) to get into the Lodge. In the end, some would say that Abbott was merely responding to the will of the people. Others would say that, to wheel out a cliche, what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right. You are all intelligent people, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide!