With his infinite gift for getting it wrong, and getting it wrong at the precise moment when it makes him look more like a tremendous fool than any other, Gerard has suggested that Craig was guilty as charged, and I was a fool to think him innocent, and my offer to pay the union for the hookers to get Parliament off his back was insincere.
He points out, correctly, that I took ten years to pay off a bet I had with him for a thousand dollars, one witnessed by John Ralston Saul who was interested to hear that Gerard, in my view, was CIA and unhinged and so stirred the conversation along a bit.
The bet was that John Howard would lose his seat, and it was a bet I lost. This was because I said he would lose it not in 2007 but 2001, when his party was on 40 percent two party preferred, a month or so before the Tampa saved him. I was irritable that a world war was declared on the first day of the election campaign in order that Howard keep his seat and cost me money and I was raising a teenager and funding two students and was slow, very slow, paying it because I think Gerard is a cunt and a probably underpaid spy. No other person I have borrowed money from (Chris Neal and Denny Lawrence in 1992 I think and the list is at an end) have I failed to pay back within a month. It is a libel, in fact, to say I do not pay my debts as a rule or my bets. I sold my house to pay 280,000 dollars off a mortgage a year ago. I rarely take on a debt, never in the last twenty years.
Gerard has used ‘the false prophet of Palm Beach’ on me for years though I got Tony Abbott’s winning margin right when everyone else was calling Hockey a shoo-in, the cliff-hanger Gillard win right, the Rudd win right, the Obama win right, the British Hung Parliament right, the Mike Rann margin right within one seat when everyone else was saying he was cactus, the Tasmanian hung election right, the Baillieu narrow win right, the Bligh and Keneally defeats right but not the margin, the new insurgent Katter vote right within two percent, the Beatty squeaker victory right in 1997 and the Bracks victory right in 1999 when everyone else was saying he had not a chance. I got the two narrow Wilson wins right in 1974 within one seat, the Hawke margin, a 25 majority, exactly right in 1983, and so on.
Gerard by contrast has got nothing right in forty years; or this seems to be the case since in six months nobody has listed in these columns one instance of his accuracy on anything.
Yet I am the ‘false prophet of Palm Beach’ in his mind, which is clearly failing.
Again I challenge him to debate me anywhere, any time, on any subject he chooses, before any audience he invites.
Or say why he will not.