|Hard head for politics|
Dr Peter (protector-of-children) Hollingworth had a stroke of luck last
year, but his good fortune wasn't known to the public until he chose to make it
so. After carefully manipulating the legal system, he can now make it
known to the world that he has been accused of rape. And the disclosure comes
with the timing of a well-written sermon. Hollingworth initially applied to
have his name suppressed, but now applied to have it made public - right in his
darkest hour as people are screaming for him to resign over allegations of
complacency with pedophiles.
For most of us, being accused of rape is something which would be
a great inconvenience, and quite stressful. But those skilled in the dirty art
of politics are accustomed
to stress, and know how to make bizarre situations work in their favor.
Peter (I-love-women-too) Hollingworth has been accused of the rape of a woman
who was "19 or 20 at the time", some 40 years ago, and his accuser committed
suicide a month ago. He has produced a long list of facts (all checkable),
which (if true) make it extremely unlikely that he was even in the area where
this occurred, and will effectively prove his innocence. Of course if any of
his facts are proved false he will go down in flames, but after the intimate
examination of his private past in the last few years he has probably thought
His accuser, who was apparently a victim of child abuse as a ward of the
state in the care of the Anglican Church (weren't they all?), seems to have
been somewhat mentally unbalanced by her experience. She claimed to have
recognized him in a photograph after 35 years and would have made a less than
credible witness - particularly claiming the assault occurred "late in 1965 or
early in 1966".
Hollingworth is now the subject of unlikely allegations - and can regain a
status he lost when he was promoted to Governor General - the status of victim, that undefinable
quality which in the eyes of the left absolves one of any guilt on any issue at
all. He's in the clear.
The Doubting Thomases who believe that praying is an unproductive and
time-wasting activity may have to reconsider their position - clearly Peter
Hollingworth's prayers have been answered.