The thirty hours between 8 am Tuesday and 2 pm Wednesday saw the end of the Abbott adventure, probably, and put paid to his party’s hopes of governing Australia in this decade.
In those hours Rebekah Brooks, the intimate of Cameron and Murdoch was arrested for hiding and shredding evidence; Bob Katter launched his book; Christopher Pyne was shown to have phoned Jeff Ashby after swearing he hadn’t; Craig Thomson was shown not to have thieved or misused two hundred and seventy-two thousand dollars; Mitt Romney was shown to have beaten and terrorised a homosexual at college; Greece was forced to a second election which the anti-austerity forces would win; Francois Hollande’s plane was struck by lightning but he didn’t die; and Joe Hockey said he mightn’t give money to the Disabled which Gillard had promised them. There are as many Disabled as there are Tasmanians and as many Disabled Carers as there are South Australians and as many relatives and close friends of the Disabled as there are Queenslanders and this alone could landslide Joe’s party out of politics forever.
It is interesting how these things feed into each other. The arrest of Brooks, the CEO of News Limited, for concealing things the police want shown casts doubt on anything said by News Limited and Newscorp or Sky News or Fox News reporters. The Thomson exculpation opens those reporters up to individual quarter-million lawsuits. The Katter book reminds us that Newcorp’s numerical hit-man O’Shannessy concealed polls showing Katter’s party doing well — or so his silence every time I asked this portends. Romney’s assault on a homosexual will energise the young vote and assure his defeat by Obama, a Social Democrat. Hollande’s survival means Socialism is back, and merciful, and popular, and confident in Europe. Rebekah’s arrest meant Cameron would fall and Miliband would be PM or Deputy PM to Clegg by year’s end. Greece’s imminent default would mean that Europe goes belly-up and Swan’s Budget now looks like an act of prescient wisdom. And Hockey’s proposed persecution of cripples shows the Liberals (though not necessarily Abbott, who is DLP) to be a pack of bastards.
Historians will show that these were the hours when it all fell down, and the Australian Liberals received five bullets to the brain, or possibly six
It might be worthwhile asking now if Christopher Pyne has ever used prostitution services of any kind in any country, and if he paid for them with his parliamentary wages, money the taxpyers gave him these last twenty years.
For me the most fascinating moment was when I asked who Craig’s whore was and why Laurie had not interviewed her. It then became plain that ‘hookers’ to most people had no human meaning. It meant rather something like those blow-up life-size female rubber dolls that young men take to Antarctica. The idea that some actual young woman with a birthplace and a biography went to Craig’s room suddenly seemed very, very unlikely. And if she did, where is she? Who is she?
This question may be the coup de grace to everything.