…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
That old Tom Jones’ song pretty much summarises the Australian Prime Minister’s brazenly flippant approach to the serious allegations of wrongdoings: What I can confidently say is I did nothing wrong. And these things have been cycled and recycled and re-recycled and re-recycled over 20 years. I did nothing wrong.
Not so, Prime Minister. On your own admission you set up a “slush” fund. If that is not wrong, then your understanding of right and wrong may fall into the purview of old M’Naghten rule.
Putting her credibility on the line beside that of an accomplice to a fraud does not seem to be very wise, considering that her biography, seems to be a litany of lies. She was lying about her involvement in the Socialist Forum, a Communist Party Trojan horse; about her parting from the Labor legal firm Slater & Gordon; and about a carbon tax. The full list would be too long, repetitious, boring and the facts are known to all who do not rely on ABC and commercial television.
Piers Akerman [Ducking and diving, but PM’s goose is cooked] and Andrew Bolt [How Gillard manufactured one of the ‘smears’ against her] write about the latest Labor movement disgrace (don’t forget Craig Thomson and Kathy Jackson in the rush) often and Michael Smith exclusively. However, so far the best analysis of the Gillard’s affair I read is by A RM Jones, Parsing the PM, which ends on the note of despair: Ms Gillard, enemy of candour, continues to occupy the highest elected office in the land.
The extent of Julia Gillard’s involvement in the union fraud will be for a jury to decide; and her political fate, if not decided by Labor politicians with vestiges of decency, will be decided by Australian citizens.
Unfortunatelly, the sordid saga of extortion, fraud, deceptive conduct and betrayal of trade union principles will not be over by Christmas. Some Chicago gangster reputedly said, ‘it ain’t over until the fat lady sings’ and Commisaire Maigret used to say ‘they all sing at the end’. Let’s hope so. A “Not responsible” song is a worn-out cop-out.