Gerard on Insiders a few minutes ago said that if the Americans had wanted to extradite Assange they could have asked the British for him. It was easier to get him out of Britain, he said, than to get him out of Sweden.
No it wasn’t, Cameron would have lost office over it. His partners in coalition, the Liberal Democrats, are anti-Guantanamo and to a great extent anti-American and they would have forbidden him to do it. And it may in fact have come up in discussions already and they may have told him already that he couldn’t. ‘Assange is a hero to about thirty million British,’ they may have said, ‘and if you deliver him up to torture and life imprisonment the Tories could lose eighty seats and we, the Liberal Democrats, be obliterated.’
Gerard fails to have noticed this. He says Assange is a ‘narcissist’, as if that had anything to do with anything, and has lost all his friends who will now want their money back; want him dead, it seems, and their money back; and Rinehart, moreover, has no plans whatever to interfere in the editorial policy of Fairfax.
He has clearly lost touch with the known world and I ask his new virgin saint Rinehart, whose poetry I have printed and praised here, for his job.
I will do four columns a week like this one for half his wage.
If Rinehart is interested in circulation, and why else would she buy shares in it, she will take up my offer.