You’ve got to hand it to Margo Kingston – our own roll-your-own, Oriana Fallaci-in-a Flannie. While lesser political commentators – “Quislings” as Webdiary, rather derivatively terms them – waste time on considered analysis, reasoned reflection and logical conclusion, Margo gets straight to the heart of the matter with simple blind prejudice, bilious assertion and general hyperbolic overload.
Who but Margo was courageous enough to reveal, in the lead-up to the NSW election, that Bob Carr was but the craven tintookie of a veritable Mafiosi of corrupt property-developers? Her brave and fearless revelation of this sordid synergy would, Margo confidently predicted, deal an electoral death blow to this evil cabal. Apart from the subsequent landslide majority for Carr and the ALP, she was absolutely right.
One explanation for this may have been Sideshow Bob’s wicked and underhand tactic of publicly naming Margo as a blame-the-Bali-victim hackette. Margo, who apparently has no problem with Webdiary depictions of her more balanced colleagues as Nazi collaborators, was blown out of the water by this cruel, yet not entirely unreasonable spin on what she had said. For several tedious days it was the biggest political scandal of the decade. But, after a lengthy period of Byronesque convalescence, she was back. And we haven’t heard a word about the wickedness of Bob Carr since.
We have however heard a great deal about the wickedness of her many other political betes-noires. Margo’s singular talent is to detect the biggest political scandal of the decade, on a weekly basis. Never one to call a spade anything other than a massive mechanised earth-moving machine, Margo’s propensity to erect mountains where others see molehills is nothing if not worthy of it’s own ABC satire. Consider this intro from today’s Webdiary:
“John Howard is on the ropes. His tactic to keep himself upright – telling his troops to prepare for an early election – is defensive, not aggressive. He needs his MPs to cheer him on during what could be the worst week of his political career.
Simon Crean has painstakingly built a platform for a potentially devastating assault on Howard’s fitness for office as blind press gallery courtiers rave on about Howard’s ‘golden moment’ and Bob Carr’s tilt at windmills.”
Having utterly destroyed the career of Tony Abbott – while single-handedly exposing the vile, corrupt cesspit that is the Australian Electoral Commission – she isn’t even drawing breath before plunging in to deliver the coup-de-grace to the whole rotten edifice of the Howard dictatorship. By Friday, it could all be over – apparently.
I doubt it somehow. Still, Margo isn’t one to let reality intrude on her crusade. When your stated aim is transparency and honesty in politics, the last thing you need is a bit of clarity……