We are seeing now a refusal of Pyne, Abbott, Kate McClymont and the usual suspects to seek and find the woman whom Craig fucked — the core, surely, of all these accusations — and a reason why his name had a ‘p’ in it on one of the documents that matter; and what bearing Kathy Jackson’s recent mental illness has on her testimony. All this is better argued by Peter Wicks on http://www.independentaustralia.net/2012/politics/craig-thomson-under-the-rain whose examination of the evidence is Poirot standard and should be studied.
And, of course, why a man would book three fucks he didn’t turn up for, and pay for them nonetheless. He would be the first such man in human history. To miss one fuck might be accounted a misfortune. To miss three looks like carelessness.
There is in fact no other explanation for it than that he did not know the bookings had been made. That someone else had made them for him. And that if someone else did make them for him they may well, gosh all Friday, have been trying to frame him. Trying to set him up.
Or give him a birthday surprise, perhaps.
No, a set-up seems more likely. Or it does to me. With a faceless woman whose name will never be known.
It is hard to see Jackson or Abbott surviving these proceedings; or Pyne or Ashby the adjacent Slipper set-up. Or Brough. Sexual harassment by text-message of a thirty-four year old indeed. The mismanaged double-whammy-sex-scandal ploy with which the usual suspects tried with Murdoch’s help to blur and fog the best Budget since 1949 will kill a few careers, none of them Labor, and may in fact revive Thomson’s chances in Dobell as an Independent if The Daily Telegraph’s dismayed survey of local reactions, the female ones in particular, is any measure of how he will go.
But he may have been damaged irreparably, the mud sticking, as it did on Lindy and Cheryl and Red Ted Theodore, our great lost leader. Craig might else, had he been put on, have proved most royally. As Horatio said of Hamlet.
Go, bid the soldiers shoot.
What a pile of corpses have we here.