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Was it simply a moment of frank honesty from a guy trying to get the job done or was it an excellent example of political suicide? Much has been said about Mr Abbot’s interview on The 7.30 Report where he accidentally volunteered the opinion that he sometimes doesn’t tell the truth. He said: ''I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say, but sometimes, in the heat of discussion, you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark, which is one of the reasons why the statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth is those carefully prepared scripted remarks."

It’s literally frightening what people can say when they speak without first rehearsing. Take a look at some of my favourite ‘Bushisms’: "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office" "We’re concerned about Aids inside our White House – make no mistake about it"