Peter Dutton as leader will be a disaster for the Liberal Party

The new leader of the opposition quickly put on sheep’s clothing, and hopes that the disguise will be enough to convince the public.

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If Peter Dutton could have left his male pattern baldness as it was, he would be in a much better position than he is now. The fuzzy circle of hair around the ears is not only the mark of middle age, it is also the mark of acceptance and contentment with the fate of life: with aging and no longer being the blade you once were.

But during the Coalition’s decade of mess, they needed someone to play tough. Dutts turned out to be that man, and having his gleaming skull say “punk” helped cement that reputation.

A bald head sets you apart from the human herd, and it’s no exaggeration to say that she appointed Dutton as Leader of the Opposition (how good that sounds!) almost before he started. Tanya Plibersek and others should stay away from insults. It’s our job to say that the last time we saw Dutton he was coming out of John Hurt’s stomach in a spaceship (I think we have footage of his shortlist now).

Read more to find out if Peter Dutton can change his stripes.

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