Barnaby: No Real Credit To Labor Over The Thomson Affair

25 Aug

Senator Joyce writes for the Canberra Times:

Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis. So said Cicero; how like us, the ugly beast, the monkey. How much can we say about the monkey on someone else’s back, but really, holy guacamole, someone has had some big nights out thanks to the good members of the Health Services Union.

I was sitting on a mates’ couch and her boyfriend and I both instantaneously looked at each other when we heard it on the tele and asked what on earth does one get for $2475? If I was that way inclined, I do not think I would be slapping it on the plastic for the secretary and the missus to read!

Well I think it is fair enough to say that union members would be exceptionally angry about someone spending their union dues to frequent a brothel and no one, not even Craig (Thomson), is denying that someone did. However “It wasn’t me” is, to say the least, a defence bordering on pathos. Did someone break into his house, steal his phone, credit card and licence? This same someone apparently passed a photo ID test, looked exceedingly like Craig and had the calligrapher’s gift to replicate an identical signature. This said person then apparently paid for a certain, highly-intriguing transaction before driving back to Craig’s house, obviously breaking in again, and putting the phone, licence and credit card back where he stole it from.

How on earth did the Prime Minister get stuck in this rat trap? She has “full confidence in the member for Dobell”. Does this statement mean that she believes Craig Thomson’s story? On what basis does she hold that belief? It is not the transaction that gets him and Labor into the most trouble, it is the bizarre litany of fantastic explanations that follow. I have now come to a well reasoned view that Julia Gillard is being advised by a thirteen and a half year old truant.

The polls do not lie but I am afraid that this implausible rubbish has the capacity to put a stain on all politicians. Bringing the game into disrepute is what they charge you with in Rugby League if you go out on a bender and get caught. What the bigger problem is here is not what happened in a brothel. That is something for the union membership, as it was their money, to pursue or the police if it was fraud or theft. The immediate problem is the apparent cover up and the number of people not willing to demand a better explanation. The public does not need any more encouragement to have an over active sense of scepticism about what senior politicians say especially after the “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead” statement.

Earnest monotones of feigned statesmanship and podium speeches delivered with gravitas and footnotes are all lost because the question remains; did you assert something was true by reason of giving the person who said it your “full confidence” when you had no sold basis for such a strong conclusion? Can I therefore take your earnest recommendations seriously on any other product you wish to sell?

I am watching Greg Combet at this moment speak at the Press Club on the carbon tax. Yes, he is telling me it is a good policy outcome. Prima facie he presents as a plausible character but he supports a Prime Minister who states she has “full confidence” in the member for Dobell. If someone asks him now whether he too has “full confidence” then snap, his whole metaphor of “believe me” is lost. Whoops, they just asked him and he has stated that it has now become a police matter.

Labor has said that the voters who drove thousands of miles on a convoy of no confidence were of “no consequence.” The Prime Minister has “full confidence” in the member for Dobell, they are introducing a carbon tax that will have zero effect on the climate but it is a market mechanism which means it will make things less affordable so you do not buy them because you can not afford them. They are $197 billion in gross debt and, oh yes, they are polling at 27 per cent.


8 Responses to “Barnaby: No Real Credit To Labor Over The Thomson Affair”

  1. Yodas Mentor August 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Barnaby is at his best when describing the ridiculous contortions people find themselves in to explain away rather obvious problems.

  2. bushbunny August 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I have written a comment in the Canberra times. If I was a member of the Health Services union I would demand the executive investigate our finances for wrongful use of our money. I believe the auditors would not pass the books as a true account? That I believe they had been doing prior to handing over to the police. Now the PM is suggesting that political pressure was put on the police commissioner from NSW Police Minister Gallagher (? not sure of name). They are grasping at straws now. The NSW opposition leader has said he had no knowledge of funds being ‘loaned’ to Thomson to get him out of paying legal fees associated with an aborted defamation case vs SMH. Well they have wasted their assistance one way or the other. To avoid complicity in this matter the NSW ALP should also start their own investigation before the ATO get on their backs. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we try to deceive. I’ve written a letter of complaint to Tony Windsor over this, and also the credit carbon farming legislation passed the senate on Monday particularly the clause ..’to curb methane emissions from livestock’ . How the heck are they going to monitor that? Or is this stage one to place a tax on beef and sheep as they are trying to in the US and also suggested by the Greens earlier in the piece. Farmers I know say the carbon farming legislation will be a waste of time. They are not going to give up wool production to plant trees, that could die anyway.

    Also disgraceful comments made over the Convoy of No Confidence, they arrived at the right time this Thomson affair started to heat up.

  3. Tomorrows Serf August 26, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    “Oh! What a wicked web we weave, when we PRACTICE to deceive?” (Good enough thought ,BB)

    Craig, you’ve been a naughty, naughty boy!! Now how about you FESS UP, MAN UP, and F… OFF!!

    I’d been thinking/hoping it’d take a slight heart attack, perhaps a stroke, maybe a serious, (but hopefully not fatal car accident), an unsavoury clandestine interlude (a la Milton Orkopolous), or some other “Black Swan”, out of the blue event in a marginal Labor held seat to get rid of this government.

    Thank You Mr.Craig Thompson!! You have done your country a great service!!

    To Mr. Albanese.. You are a disgrace. Start looking for a new trough to stick your snout in. Perhaps you could try one of the new Green Jobs that the stupid little prat Sarah Hansen-Young talks about when questioned by Barnaby.. perhaps “Cow Bum Methane Sniffer”… got to get up REAL CLOSE….

    This last few years MUST have been just a bizarre, crazy nightmare which we will all soon wake up from. We’ll all be able to laugh about how silly it was. That it was only a fascinatingly dark manifestation of our collective national subconscience. How the subconscious mind can play tricks on us!!

    We’ll recall how we dreamed that we attended our fisrt prtest rally on the lawns of Parliament. We’ll recall how we dreamed that we watched Grover walk from Albury to Canberra to vent hsi anger, and limped up to the podium to address a crowd numbered in the thousands. We will recall desperate truckies forming convoys heading to Canberra, only to be ridiculed by the people they voted for. We might even recall the grieving interviews of the parents of the young Aussies who lost their lives installing Pink Batts in houses..

    Indeed, the subconscious mind can truly convince us that insanity is reality..

    Yes, soon we will wake up from this incredulous black dream.

    “To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die, to sleep,
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub:
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause – there’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life.
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
    The pangs of disprized love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office, and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscovered country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment,
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action. Soft you now,
    The fair Julia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remembered.”

    Right on, Bill………………………

  4. bushbunnyush bunny August 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I WONDER how the AGW theorists will react when they read the CERN report. They haven’t heard of cosmic rays and solar activity effecting cloud formation? Better not tell
    Julia or she’ll have a fit of the vapors, naughty MPs (some legal eagles are saying there is no case to answer as credit cards is not property. Obviously they haven’t used a dud cheque to pay for goods). The senate denying a Fair Work Australia to speak at some kind of inquiry. The Greens and ALP voted against it. Now they are trying to include local councils in their law. Who would vote for these people. Maybe their Mums eh.

  5. Twodogs August 27, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Unlike the rest of the mob, at least Thomson has proven himself able to organise a root in a brothel!

    • The Blissful Ignoramus August 27, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Ah yes Twodogs, but most noteworthy is that, just like all the rest, he did organise said shaggings using other people’s money.

  6. bushbunny August 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Now he is saying it wasn’t him and he was not there at all. He has travel documents and witnesses to prove it. Well why didn’t he come forward at his defamation court case and he would have had a win fall in damages. Liars have to have good memories.

    Seems Andrew Bolt has something to say on a stat dec that will reveal more Julia’s involvement in something. I just hope that it is genuine because at this time we don’t want anything to compromise the case like the Grench affair.


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