Well, as predicted, the intense hatred Tony Windsor has for Barnaby Joyce has surfaced in a compulsion for the old man to run for the seat of New England.
Watch this. Its going to be the biggest grudge match of the election and will receive a lot of coverage.
Tony Windsor all but confirms intention to run against Barnaby Joyce in New England
Lateline By political correspondent David Lipson
Updated about 2 hours ago
Former independent MP Tony Windsor has all but confirmed he will run against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the seat of New England at the next federal election.
Tony Windsor to announce on Thursday whether he will run
Windsor says key policies have suffered under Coalition
Barnaby Joyce has held New England since 2013
Mr Windsor told Lateline he was concerned about his grandchildren’s future and the future of the New South Wales electorate that he had previously held for 12 years.
“I care about that. And that’s the question I have to answer: Do you care enough to really get into this, and I think I do,” he said.
“I have this saying that the world is run by those who turn up, so if you’re concerned about the world you live in, should you try and do something about it?”
Mr Windsor will formally announce his intentions at a 10:00am press conference in Canberra on Thursday.
Under pressure over his support for Julia Gillard in the hung Parliament, Mr Windsor retired before the last election, citing family and health reasons.
Now that his health has improved and his two children have been married, he is eyeing off a return to federal politics.
Mr Windsor claims the policies he helped put in place, like the National Broadband Network, action on climate change and the Gonski education reforms have suffered under the Coalition.
“Rather than new things happening in the electorate, some of the old things are leaving,” he told Lateline.
Mr Windsor is also planning a renewed push against Shenhua’s plans to build a $1.2 billion open cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.
“I’ll be standing with these people to make sure that all the objective science is done and then decisions made, not this ■■■■■■ hopscotch arrangement that we’ve got at the moment,” he said.
Key election battlegrounds
If the Turnbull Government is to fall at this year’s election, Labor’s magic number is a turnover of 21 seats, Chris Uhlmann writes. Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce moved to New England in 2013 to take the lower house seat after being a Queensland Senator.
A Reachtel Poll in January put Mr Joyce in front 39.5 per cent, compared to a hypothetical Mr Windsor on 32.2 per cent, with 5.1 per cent undecided.
But it suggested if Labor and Greens preferences favoured Mr Windsor, he would likely win the seat.
Lateline spoke to Mr Joyce at a Men’s Shed in Uralla, where he had just handed over a cheque for $14,000.
“I’m always going to be a good local member first and foremost. That’s what I do,” he said.