From the Sydney Morning Herald::
Mr Keating described Mr Abbott as the "poor man's John Howard" who was regarded by many of his Liberal colleagues as their "resident nutter" when he arrived in federal parliament in 1994.
"It was bad enough having the real John Howard... at least Howard was a militant, aggressive conservative driving in reverse through the rear-vision mirror."
Mr Abbott was an "intellectual nobody and no policy ambition".
On the other hand his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull had an articulated, intelligent, moderate, thought-out conservative position.
"You wouldn't trust this mob (the coalition) with a jam jar full of five cent bits."
He described the opposition's finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce as a "junior Joh Bjelke-Petersen" who ran around making foolish economic pronouncements.
At this stage, Keatings assessment is but a colorful opinion of mine. Except I would add Wilson Tucky is still clucking away in the stalls.