It is a good day, I think, to begin some joining of the dots.
Rupert Murdoch, a man said this morning by a House of Commons Committee of Enquiry to be morally unfit to run an international media corporation, has been commissioning and concealing Newspolls that show a new party, the Katter Australian Party, doing as well as the Nationals and not even acknowledging its numerical existence, to the best of my belief. He is also behind, or involved in a plan to bring down Peter Slipper, as he brought down Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who would else today be President of France (to the best of my belief) with what may soon prove to be fabricated evidence of sexual harassment of one adult practising homosexual by another.
In this plan there SEEMS to be one Christopher Pyne, long thought to be ‘mincing’ and effeminate by about eight million of his adversaries, who spent some time over drinks with Ashby before he lodged his civil, not criminal, claim against Slipper for a suggestive text message or two and an open bathroom door. He did not speak to this homosexual about this aspect of his homosexual flat-mate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, at any time in that conversation, he said, why would he? As Master of Opposition Business in that House, and one who was frequently thrown out of it by Slipper, why would he?
It is thought by Murdoch, and Murdoch’s people, that these text-messages and a reported conversation or two are reason enough for a government to resign; and to call an election, moreover, in which it would be annihilated; and he said so in a public statement a day ago. Call an election, he said. It’s what the Australian people want.
Keep joining the dots; and pray keep in mind that this is a man alleged by the Mother of Parliaments to be ‘unfit to run an international organisation’ and therefore liable, under Delaware law, for immediate imprisonment for at least a decade without appeal for being head of an entity that corrupts, or seeks to corrupt, foreign officials.
Like, say, Scotland Yard.
And we are to believe, he says, that the Prime Minister, not he, must resign from office because of the ‘stench of immorality’ and chaos hanging like a thundercloud over her government while he, with two thousand lawsuits pending against his international entity, should stay in place. Ten text messages outweigh two thousand lawsuits, every time.
What then should the Gillard Government do? Well, it might ask Tony Abbott when last he spoke to Rupert Murdoch, and what they spoke of, what undertakings, spoken or signalled or hinted, were colluded or nudged or winked between them; and what Abbott then said to Pyne. And then ask Pyne what he said to Ashby. And then ask Ashby what he said to Pyne.
They are all reasonable questions when the dots are joined and the consequent line goes back inch by inch to a man unfit to head a media megacorporation because of his previous nod-and-wink arrangements with powerful governments – Whitlam’s, Fraser’s, Thatcher’s, Nixon’s, Blair’s, Howard’s, Bush’s, Rudd’s — and his people’s hacking and bugging of thousands of celebrities and crime victims. They should find out if a corrupt arrangement now exists between Murdoch and the Liberal Party and, in Queensland, the LNP, and if the relevant parties should be brought go trial.
They might also ask the ABC to divest itself of its partnership, in ABC Books, with the Murdoch company Harper Collins; or suspend it until it is known how corrupt that arrangement in the past it has been: whether, for instance, the rejection of the Alan Jones book Jonestown by Chris Masters had anything to do with a Murdoch intervention; it was, after all a puzzling thing to do, was it not, to commission a book and then, without stated reason, reject it?
There will be days and days and days like this.