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The Craig Thomson saga still has a few chapters to play out but it has reached an interesting turning point with his very public arrest and him being charged with one count of fraud with 149 other charges to be laid in the very near future. Now without wishing to preempt the court process I am enjoying more than a small tingle of Schadenfreude at this very welcome news. This is not inspired by any thought of Thomson himself but rather the minions of the left who have just about turned themselves inside out trying to give him the benefit of the doubt and constructing the most elaborate conspiracy theories in the process.
Of course this does not really help Gillard but by the same token it won’t deal her any sort deathblow either. Frankly the death of this Labor Government is more like to come from a myriad of small wounds that will slowly exsanguinate the body of our oldest political party until it becomes just a pale shadow of its former self.
- Craig Thomson arrested (smh.com.au)
- Police arrest MP Craig Thomson on fraud charges (abc.net.au)
- Australian election: Craig Thomson arrested as Abbott makes reply speech (guardian.co.uk)
- Craig Thomson arrested in office (news.theage.com.au)
- Australia Lawmaker Thomson Arrested at Electoral Office – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Craig Thomson arrested by police (bigpondnews.com)
- Craig Thomson arrested – but will likely stay an MP until the election (crikey.com.au)
- Thomson bailed on fraud charge (news.theage.com.au)
- Who polished Craig Thomson’s Knob? (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Labor announces the new NBN medicine program (iainhall.wordpress.com)
The deliberate ineptitude of the Labor government over the Craig Thomson affair is as amazing as it is unsurprising and I am rather darkly amused that it is only now that someone has decided to try to find evidence that it was actually Thomson’s knob that got polished in those brothel transactions that were made on his union credit card. Talking about an obvious path to the truth that has been deliberately avoided for political reasons would not be unfair in this case.
The roller-coaster ride is far from over for Labor on this issue and aren’t we conservatives enjoying seeing them scream as the car dives over yet another precipice?
- Inquiry demands brothel evidence (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Brothels subpoenaed in Thomson case (bigpondnews.com)
- Stop pandering to rednecks: Thomson (smh.com.au)
- Thomson denies credit card claims (bigpondnews.com)
- Union corruption, Gillard and the Labor party (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Greens back Labor for ACT government (bigpondnews.com)
- FWA rejects Thomson’s set-up claim (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- FWA rejects Thomson’s set-up claim (news.com.au)
- Labor won’t bankroll Thomson – Roxon (bigpondnews.com)