The ABC showed bias toward Abbott during the election — broadcasting no Morgan Poll, which sometimes put Labor ahead; concealing the rumours of his break-up with Margie and his cover-up of rape in his college — and they hoped, they believed, they truly believed, in Churchill’s words, ‘each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.’
But their sad, clenched, cringing plea for mercy proved in vain. Bernardi already wants them dismantled, running commercials, or privatised, or cut back to the bone to save the taxpayers money in straitened times. Twenty-eight cents a day is too great a sacrifice; a dollar ninety-six week is not to be borne; seven dollars ninety a month — the price of two lattes, once a month — an intolerable burden on a household budget and must come down to, well, four dollars a month. Or three.
He is a creepy dunderhead and he is, of course, not arguing this week, as he ought to be, that gay marriage unleashes bestiality and somehow sanctifies it, but he is distracting the public from his favourite crazed quarrel with human biology by resurrecting this old one from 1997. And, more and more, people of great heart and clear conscience will be worried that the ABC will be sold soon to Singo or Lachlan or Alan, and expend emotional energy better used defending Gonski, or Broadband, or attacking the corruption of the Victorian courts.
For it is not now very likely the ABC will be dismembered, I think, I believe, I truly believe, though Abbott with better polling figures would almost certainly have tried it on. But now that he seems unlikely to survive till the Ides of March and is daily resembling more and more a doomed and fretting Christmas turkey and is yelping with fright at everything that comes his way it is not probable he will dare a battle that even Howard flinched from. He is in diabolical trouble historically also, with old words rising up foaming to bite him hip and thigh. His description of Labor’s thirteen billion Gonski and his three billion for Gonski-without-tears as ‘a unity ticket with Labor’ looks more and more like lying to parliament and he can be expelled from it for that alone.
He is a crazy, messed-up piece of work who will not long abide in his position.
If gay marriage gets through next week, he may have to resign it.
It would be, let’s face it, the only honourable thing to do.