Milking Martyrdom

What an unedifying spectacle we have before us. Pauline – according to her sister Judy – wearing thongs! “I’ve never seen her wearing thongs before” Judy confided merrily – perhaps a tad too merrily, given the circumstances – to the massed media outside Walco Gaol. I for one found this hard to believe, but not quite as hard to believe as the protestations of the former proprietress of the Eventide Home and Kero Fun Spa Ltd. “She’s a political prisoner” barked Bronny. Many senior Australians with memories of being shouted at too loudly by plump aged care facility carers trying to plunge them into suspiciously chemical-smelling baths – “you alright Dear?” – possibly fantasise about Bronny being a political prisoner – on Lingering Death Row. But I digress.

Baroness Bishop did generously concede that Pauline wasn’t a political prisoner, “like Nelson Mandela” – let’s face it, her hair is much too straight for a start. No, Pauline is more a prisoner of political advantage as far as Bronwyn is concerned. Like a corseted and helmet-coiffured Komodo Dragon, Bronwyn sniffed blood – Peter Beattie’s to be precise. – she was on the trail.

Premier Beattie has tracked an interesting course since Pauline was incarcerated. Initially contemptuous of those, like Bob Carr and John Howard, who gasped at the sentence – “wimps! Gutlessness! – his machismo had faded by the weekend. It may have been biorhythmic testosterone adjustment but it was probably more the polls. These were showing the Queensland One Nation vote soaring to within a Gympie Spit of their 1998 electoral triumph when the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stampeded into Paliament under Pauline’s banner.

Enter Tony Abbott. Premier Beattie had no doubt about the integrity of Banana Justice but if anyone else did then they could well be right and should look no further than Tony Abbott’s wicked, vindictive crusade against One Nation. The ALP was innocent in this regard. They’ve been far too busy rehabilitating their own crims to be raking up the dirt on Pauline.

“The Australian people deserve to know what John Howard knew about Tony Abbott going to Queensland, ” cried Craig Emerson. Maybe. I’d prefer it if Craig stopped pulling the pisser myself.

Then Mal Colston died. Thus far no-one has claimed responsibility – or assigned it for that matter – but it’s early days yet.

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William Bowe
William Bowe
2022 years ago

I think you underestimate Beattie’s guile in making his “gutless wimps” remarks in the first place. Beattie is more than happy for One Nation to enjoy a spike in the polls over this and his comments were calculated to add fuel to the fire. To see why, check the report in today’s Australian where National Party candidate for Cook Graham Elmes calls for a review of the party’s decision not to direct preferences to One Nation. Once that can of worms is open the Queensland Coalition will devote the next election campaign to tearing itself apart, to which the only possible outcome is an electoral repeat of 2001 and another 50 seat majority for Beattie.

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2022 years ago

Guilty as charged, your Honnor

MORE great political commentary from Geoff Honnor can be found at Troppo Armadillo. It’s like reading Matt Price — no slouch himself — but pizzazz-ier! Troppo is going from strength to strength at the moment (tedium-inducing history wars ex…