After reading this in news.com this morning I can only ponder if Alan Jones can has finally reached the bottom of the barrel. Here is the bulk of the story:
Veteran broadcaster and 2GB host Alan Jones has claimed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father died of “shame” because of the political “lies” his daughter told.
He told a group of 100 Young Liberals that John Gillard’s death was the fault of his proud child.
He went on to suggest Ms Gillard’s tears of grief, for a man she publicly said she “will miss for the rest of my life”, were what sparked a sudden leap in political polling for her.
Mr Gillard, a former psychiatric nurse, died in Adelaide on September 8, age 83.
The remarks occurred during Mr Jones’ 50-minute speech at the annual $100-per-head Sydney University Liberal Club President’s Dinner, on the top floor of Sydney’s Waterfront restaurant in The Rocks last Saturday.
After referring to Ms Gillard’s track record with telling the truth to voters over issues including the carbon tax, Mr Jones said her father’s death was caused by the Prime Minister herself.
“The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame,” Mr Jones told a group of party members and MPs, including Alex Hawke, Ray Williams and Sussan Ley.
“To think that he had a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.
“Every person in the caucus of the Labor Party knows that Julia Gillard is a liar.”
Some members of the audience gasped with surprise.
The radio star went on to say Ms Gillard had enjoyed a recent spike in polls sparked by her tears. He also said she was being given an easy ride by the “brainwashed” Liberal Party who had backed down because she was a woman.
Organisers of the dinner were not aware a journalist from The Sunday Telegraph, who had purchased a ticket, was present.
While paying tribute to her father in parliament on September 19, Ms Gillard spoke of the rough and tumble of politics and how that affected the family.
She said her father “felt more deeply than me, in many ways, some of the personal attacks that we face in the business of politics, but I was always able to reassure him that he had raised a daughter with sufficient strength not to let that get her down”.
Mr Jones made several mentions about why Liberal leader Tony Abbott should be Australia’s next PM.
“His overweening weakness is his humility. You will never ever hear this bloke argue his ability, his virtue, or indeed his competence,” he said.
“He is a man of incomparable integrity and conviction.”
The broadcaster said it was vital every member of Mr Abbott’s party united behind their leader in the lead-up to the election. Mr Jones said some members of the Labor caucus were scared of the Liberal leader and others thought he was sexist.
Yesterday Mr Jones did not respond to approaches from The Sunday Telegraph.
The event was staged by Sydney University Liberal Club president and aspiring MP Alex Dore. Mr Jones has endorsed his political endeavours.
Yesterday, Mr Dore said Mr Jones had not made the comments about Ms Gillard’s father. Later, informed there was a recording of the speech, his position changed.
“It was a very long speech and I did not hear it. I have always found Alan to be respectful,” Mr Dore said.
He said there was “no need” to “pick apart Alan’s speech. All you are doing is reducing it to a very small thing which distracts from the issues facing Australia”.
I’m momentarily lost for words, so it’s over to you while I pick myself up from the floor.
Oh, and here’s a photo of Alan Jones with his finger up a dog’s arse.