It is eleven and three quarter days since Craig rose and spoke to the House, sometimes in tears, of his persecution and our politics forever changed. Abbott has been ruined and the Liberal Party put in mortal danger. The Nielsen will show on Monday, probably, a near-equivalent 50-50 or 49-51 score of the parties, and further heads will roll.
Among them should be those media editors who suggested a six thousand dollar expenditure on whores ‘overshadowed’ a trillion-dollar balanced Budget. Among them should be those cowed and grovelling fellow travellers like Michelle Grattan who said Labor was trying only to ‘save the furniture’ in a time of certain defeat. Among them those like Fran Kelly who said a Labor gain of six hundred and twenty thousand votes in a month ‘does not change the overall picture’ of an imminent Labor massacre.
Among them, of course, are the Channel 7 peeping-toms (if any) under Mrs Thomson’s bathroom window. Among them the jovial, sneering sadists who in breach of the Crimes Act wanted Craig to resign and save his sanity, and only incidentally deliver government, and a trillion dollar cash cow, to Abbott’s bullying, shrieking, crazed front bench.
This was misuse of power indeed. Andy Coulson will go to gaol for it soon, and so should many, many of the media lackeys of Abbott’s wolf-pack, daring to presume the Australian people could not smell a rat, or a con-man, or a schoolyard bully, when he was there before their eyes.
It used to be the habit of the media commentators to say who won the week, Labor or the Liberals. Pray note that they do not do it any more.
They have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow. Lord, Lord, the days that they have seen.