Not that they seem to have noticed. They've buried the lead six feet under:
'For a man who always cautioned against hubris in office – if ultimately succumbing to it by holding onto the prime ministership for so long – John Howard is having a bit of trouble containing his excitement at the speed at which his progeny has turned Liberal fortunes around.
“I don’t think Tony has put a foot wrong,” he tells The Punch. “He’s given real heart and hope to the Liberal Party.”'
Memo to David Penberthy and/or The Punch's sub(s): I think you-all mean 'protegé'.