No doubt the extra charges laid against Craig will be more to do with ice creams than whores, and with local indications that he would retain his seat, and rejoin the Labor Party after his re-election.
The malleability of the Victorian Police in this matter is not unexpected, given their nasty criminal history, nor the desperation of the Victorian Liberals, in the day after it became known they wanted to privatise the ABC, and would put this to the State Conference on the weekend, to find a ‘sexy’ distraction from their own internal ructions, now approaching fratricide, farce, silent comedy, and schism.
When I know more, I will add to this.
The ‘total amount’ of money spent is now 42,00O dollars, down from an initial slanderous overestimate by Laurie Oakes of half a million. 7,000 of this is for the drab, slack hooker he didn’t turn up for twice, when he was in Perth and on the Central Coast, and was nonetheless paid for, probably, by a forged electronic signature, a slack, drab hooker who in due course claimed she hadn’t met him. That leaves 35,000 over seven years, for ice creams, taxi rides and cigarettes, and sumptuous Chinese meals, at a weekly, shocking rate of … 96 dollars.
And this is before there were union rules — imposed by his crazed Liberal-voting successor Kathy Jackson, who increased her own wage by 200,000 dollars and gave herself a new Volvo and lots of baby-sitting — on what could be spent on what.
The horrific total here alleged is … 13 dollars a day.
To the stocks with him; pelt him with rotten fruit; carve ‘Thief’ in his forehead.
How dare he.
In the Fairfax report there is mention for the first time of ‘pornography’.
In the ABC report, no such item.
It is important the relevant Fairfax reporter, Kate McClymont, who started all this, and ruined my life too, be dealt with severely.
She is sitting on a report linking Abbott with Torbay and Obeid, and will not let it out.
I encourage her to do so lest I come down on her like a ton of bricks.
A call from Craig’s electoral assistant, David Gardiner, who is in Queensland on holiday suffering the flu. It is ndeed, he tells me, more ice creams, taxi rides and cigarettes, which they knew about and expected would be added by these scumbags at a moment convenient to the Liberals.
There was a part of the conversation I should not reveal, and Craig may — or may not — speak to the media soon.
David said that there was no mention of pornography as far as he knew. A typical hateful McClymont hyperbolical inexactitude.
Or, as we old-fashoned liberals like to call it, a Big Lie.
At Bookoccino drinking cammomile and reading the news online. Craig may be the first man in world history on 169 charges no reporter clarifies. It would be good if ‘caffe latte — 2.50′ were on the list of heinous offences, or ‘taxi home — 9.50′; but this of course would humanise him. And that would never do.
No poll of his electorate has appeared either. Not too hard to do. He would have got a weekend ago, I think, 53 percent two-party preferred; but now there is to be a Labor candidate, he may be down to 35. It would be fair if a poll were done. And the hooker found, of course, and interviewed.And asked what she did on the two nights he did not turn up.
Perhaps I could organise a poll myself.
I need five young people with mobile phones and a day to spend on the Central Coast, who were willing not just to ring a hundred landlines each but to speak to, oh, a hundred people in supermarkets and parking lots and ask what they think.
I will seek volunteers.
Pyne has just told Richo he would not accept Craig’s vote even if it was what elects them to government in a No Confidence motion. His vote was ‘tainted’, he said, and he must therefore, like a nigger, go to the back of the bus and not enjoy the democracy, and the parliamentary vote, the people of the Central Coast elected him to.
How seriously mad these people are.
And how doomed.
An eloquent young friend rings who was involved in the HSU a few years ago. ‘At the outer limit,’ he says, or words to that effect, ‘Craig Thomson achieved for himself an increase of income of twelve thousand dollars a year. And Kathy Jackson, his successor, at a MINIMUM, achieved for herself an increase of income of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year, plus a new Volvo, ski-ing holidays, and baby-sitting services, and said it was Craig who was greedy.’
Joe Hildebrand on Skynews just said Craig Thomson was insane. In a ‘parallel universe’, he said, aberrantly believing himself to be innocent.’
Craig should sue him, for sure.
I will so advise him on the morrow.
McClymont is on; looking, as always, like Mrs Danvers over Rebecca’s beauteous corpse.
God I hate her.
She has said a few pro-Labor things though.
Paul Murray is still absent. With ‘flu’.
He will never be back.
It was a little surprising when Tony Jones unfairly, pre-empting the courts, reported Craig’s ‘one hundred and seventy-four charges’ without saying what they were, and emphasising that Craig ‘must make no contact with the personnel of several brothels’, as if he would.
It has become our Dreyfus case. The amount of money involved, fifty-two thousand dollars, could be raised by a single concert. And he is being treated like Bluebeard. For buying some ice creams and restaurant meals
How bad is that?
‘Smear’ doesn’t cover what is happening. This is full-on persecution.
With Slipper we knew who the alleged sexual ‘victim’ was, and we could see what he looked like, and we could read the ‘harassing’ text-messages. With Craig there is no sexual partner, no hooker, no witness, no evidence apart from some paperwork that could refer, as it turns out, in this electronic age, to anybody.
And the rest of it is … confectionery: choc-tops, lattes, a Chinese meal, and oh yes, ‘pornography’. The name of the movie is not mentioned. Was it ‘Lust/Caution’? ‘Was it ‘Pretty Woman”? Was it ‘Betty Blue’? This makes a difference; but no, to Tony Jones it is ‘adult movies’, nameless, obscene, reprehensible. Legal, of course, and unremarkable. But treated like a war crime.
The presumption of guilt by Jones, Liberal voter, is total. The number of the ‘offences’ has become the main thing, not the money they cost any more; that is down by ninety percent from the original McClymont-Oakes figure, half a million dollars. No apology has been issued for the exaggeration.
This is how persecution works. This is the Abbott filth-fund method. This is what happens to those who cross Kathy Jackson.
This is really, really bad.
And so it goes.