The PM said that a line had been crossed.
Respect for Parliament was in decline.
A dark cloud over it meant much was lost.
“I’ve made a judgement. And that judgement’s mine.”
Journalists thought that without a doubt
The Prime Minister had drawn the line!
But where and what that line was all about
None of them seem able to define.
It’s all a bit of a mystery.
There are several threads or story lines,
Like Peter Slipper’s, back in history,
To Queensland Nationals and Russ Hinze.*
With Craig Thomson there’s a union,
But no mention of a picket line.
Though he could have pinched gold bullion
With all the other crimes he’s been assigned.
But members Oakeshott and Windsor know
That Tony Abbott’s bottom line
Began the smell. There they could not go.
His offer, they felt, they must decline.
Since then the Parliament’s been hung
And used like a dirty washing line.
Not one word of praise for her’s been sung
As the media chorus, “Gillard, resign!”
But suddenly amid all the scandal
There’s something in the Coalition’s line,
Which like a faintly flickering candle
Has the PM’s chances begin to shine.
The Slipper story’s just a fairy tale
They shrug, spun over a bottle of wine
After a few beers and perhaps an ale.
The stench is the usual POO from Chrissie Pyne.
*Hinze pronounced here as in washing lines and not as in rubbish bins!
NOTES: I’ve been reading some very good posts about the Prime Minister’s stand last weekend after the escalated furore over the long running saga of Craig Thomson’s alleged crimes and the more recent and over-heated scandal of Speaker Slipper’s similarly alleged crimes of fraud and sexual harassment in his treatment of a not so young staffer, James Ashby.
Wixxy’s post, Tainted Love, covers the whole hypocritical nonsense of the sexual harassment claim and Tony Abbott’s ruthless betrayal of a long term political supporter and once personal friend. There are many links there to reports and articles on the the case. As I followed them I noticed how few journalists seemed clear about the line the Prime Minister thought had been crossed. For myself I had been struck by how almost enigmatic the PM was in talking about that line. I don’t think anyone in the press gallery really understood her. She was not talking about the bad behaviour of Slipper and Thomson, but referring to the appalling tactics of the Coalition with these charges against Peter Slipper which were as much an assault on the office of Speaker, even Parliament itself, as upon the man.
Reading Bushfire Bill’s latest post at the Political Sword with its metaphor of the sinking Titanic, describing the imminent fall of the house of Murdoch, I understood why our main stream media’s reporting and commentary in recent weeks had been so much more biassed and negative than usual about our good government and great Prime Minister. Yes, I agreed with him, lately they had been far worse than their usual appalling selves. There was an almost palpable sense of urgency, even desperation, in their determination to bring Julia Gillard down. I despaired for a few hours there.
Then came the news late in the evening of May lst, (May Day!) that Rupert Murdoch had been found not fit to run a company by the committee of the British House of Commons enquiring into phone hacking. With hindsight, I can imagine that News Ltd management had been alerted to the fears of Murdoch and heir about that looming verdict from the Brits. The word had gone out on the need to preserve this Antipodean corner of their empire. No wonder News Ltd pulled out all the might of its 70% ownership of our print media and leaned upon its broadcasting allies to support their campaign. “Gillard must go!” was the cry.
Tony Abbott would have been delighted to help out too. His own war of words on Julia Gillard became even more ruthless and blatantly untrue. He was brazenly confident he would have few critics in the media. With obvious justification, as even the explosive suggestion of entrapment made by Peter Slipper’s Anglican Archbishop was brushed aside. And so he crossed the line. Prime Minister Gillard did what she could to protect her government and the two direct targets of Abbott’s villification. At the same time, I am sure, behind her enigmatic reference to that line which had been crossed there was an astute awareness that her adversary had gone too far. Time will tell.