…from the quill of Antisthenes
Sordid Speaker Saga is still making the news for reasons known only to the journalists. Did they really expect Gillard or Slipper to behave differently? But Mr Jenkins intrigued me with his throat-cutting gesture indicating what he plans to do to Julia. With both sides of the political divide praising him so lavishly I had to start thinking: if he is so honest what is he doing in politics and how did he get Labor pre-selected?
The answer is easy. Jenkins’ family has owned the electoral seat of Scullin since 1969 and the latest heir, Henry Alfred “Harry” Jenkins won a very satisfying 62% of votes at the last election. That would seem to indicate that in the northern Melbourne suburbs the family has significant personal following and that Mr Harry Jenkins could safely become an independent MP, as opposed to, e.g. Malcolm Turnbull. Promisingly, Mr Jenkins does not have the de riguer ALP background. B.P. (before politics) he was not a lawyer, trade union official or rock singer, just a Victorian public servant with a BSc.
So that’s why they are so nice to him now. Labor is afraid and LibNat are hoping and perhaps actively encouraging a delicately timed “independence day”. Will he lend them his ear? Well, there has never been any shortage of politicians ready to demonstrate by an example that politics is a dirty business.
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