I'd like to proffer some praise for Barnaby Joyce and his return as deputy PM - but I can't!
The Nationals seem to have replaced one political failure with another.
Yes, Joyce managed to pull off a political coup which he spent a long time planning, and yes, Michael McCormack wasn't even remotely suitable as DPM, but it shows the stupidity of the majority of those in the party to re-introduce someone - I firmly believe - has revenge and money way ahead of the people he's supposed to be serving.
If his strong claim to Catholicism was sincere, his playing around with at least one woman demonstrates his hypocrisy, something regional women may take exception to when he really needs their support.
Even as a working politician (the Galaxy's best retail one!?) I think he performed no higher than what he is - a very, very average worker. Have a listen to his speeches in the House: ramblings much of the time. His colleagues in the seats behind him used to look at each other and smile patiently.
As I said, the Nationals have replaced one political failure with another. Let's hope the demographics of New England change quickly so we can try to replace him.