Windsor has publicly called Joyce a "fool" with attention deficit problems who doesn't have the support of his colleagues. He's challenged him to give up his seat in the Senate if he's serious about taking him on for New England. "If he wants to leave the people of Queensland that he says have been so good to him, that's his business but he should resign his seat in the Senate". Windsor points out that if Barnaby wants to stand in another state, he will be abandoning the people who voted him in. "He'd want to put himself on the line and start campaigning as soon as possible," he said. "He's probably feeling a bit frustrated in Queensland because a number of the older National Party members quite deliberately won't get out of the way because they don't want him in the Lower House."
Joyce said "It's my intention to go to the Lower House, absolutely, and obviously the seat of New England is a logical fit" and went on "It's just across the border from where I live so it's not that far away. It's not as if I'm going to a seat in Western Australia."
After the election last year, Mr Windsor was asked if he could work with Barnaby Joyce in a hung parliament. "I don't deal with fools terribly lightly, and I think under any definition the man's a fool," he said.
If in the future Senator Joyce were to become leader of the National Party, he would then become Deputy Prime Minister in a Coalition government - now that's a scary thought. So what does fellow Queenslander Bob Katter have to say about Barnaby's latest plan? No answer was the stern reply, I can just see him in his big hat rolling his eyes.