|Politics - the fight gets dirty|
The ex- Gabrielle Latham (former wife of Maddog-Mark), has helped bring the
Australia's politics to a new low in a sordid little free-for-all which made a
mud-wrestling match look like Queensbury Rules. The multi-talented Gabby was
simultaneously shooting off at the mouth, and hitting below the belt. In her
own words 'the gloves are off'.
Maddog was almost reduced to tears as he lashed out at an all powerful
Liberal conspiracy - The Dirt Unit. The foul-mouthed politician who built his
career on mud-slinging and innuendo was outraged to see others doing the same.
But for once, it was difficult not to have some sympathy with
Maddog. Johnny (feeling pretty smug) Howard had been tipped to make the trip to
Government house on the weekend to ask for a snap election, and the proverbial
hit the fan on Sunday morning. It looked like Maddog was going to spend the
first half of the election fighting off accusations about marital infidelity,
sordid stag night videos, assault and battery, and even doing horrible things
to small animals as a child.
Most politicians probably displayed the three indications of becoming
serial killers when they were children (bed wetting, lighting fires and
torturing small animals), but they hate being reminded of it as
adults. Especially when the reminding seems so inconveniently timed - like just
before an election.
But the fact that Johnny (not-yet) Howard didn't call the election is a
pretty clear indication that any conspiracy didn't go to the highest levels.
If Little Johnny were behind it it he would have held off until he was actually
about to call the election.
So the orchestrated attack wasn't the king hit his many enemies had hoped
for, and a shaken-but-not-stirred Maddog will have time to recover as he waits
for John (when-I'm-good-and-ready) Howard to make the call.
But ex-missus Gabby is the wild-card. She has hinted that she has more
to tell, and undoubtedly she won't go off half-cocked again. She will wait
until the election is actually called, and drop her bundle in the middle
of the campaign.
Maddog now knows this, and also knows that his 'small target' policy
strategy has made him vulnerable. He has to get his policies on air now,
because they may not get much air-time in the campaign proper. That's why he
was in Brisbane this afternoon singing the praises of public housing and
releasing his housing policy.
Gabby isn't going to let another woman take her rightful place in The
Lodge. If she doesn't go, Maddog isn't going to take his new missus. Maddog
has a formidable enemy. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.