It's a Sheraton smorgasbord and I can't decide on what to devour for fear of leaving no room for something better. So I'll just pick at lots of little things.
And if just once you could believe what Gillard says, again this isn't the time. There were three reasons why Gillard locked herself into September 14, and let's remember she has locked herself into many things before including a surplus.
Let's chuck PC out the window here and call a spade a spade... Tim Mathieson is a bloody yobbo and he has been banned from microphones for good reason. But what the hell did he say wrong? Nothing that wouldn't be said to a bunch of sports blokes in normal jocular banter.
Tony Abbott is off and running and there is no doubt McTernan will arrange to have Catholic Tony attacked this year on the difficult and divisive subject of abortion.
Fairfax aspired to objectivity when I worked there... well, sort of, but now it is badly listing to the Left and taking on serious water.
[This article below was on my desk at 5am today... it is fascinating to read how the SMH treated the AWU story way back then. I was taken with the prescient nature of the last paragraph.]
Information out of Melbourne is that more than a dozen detectives on an unlimited budget are on the brink of laying charges in the AWU Wilson/Gillard fraud case.
The reason for Gillard's bastardry wasn't that sitting ALP Senate Member Crossin was a Rudd supporter, there are many Rudd supporters on her front bench.
Julia Gillard is showing her totalitarian slip. And it's not pretty.
ASIC knew the proceeds from the Alpine Offset insurance scam were in Swiss Bank accounts but they couldn't prove it. Numbered accounts were impenetrable to access. Graham Richardson, Rene Rivkin and, Trevor Kennedy were safe. Until an incredible train of events occurred and, as usual, Rivkin had handled it woefully.
Is it hard for a person to eyeball a TV camera and lie? Not for Graham Richardson it's not. "I happen to know", he bawled when assuring Sky viewers that Julia Gillard had no foreknowledge of Rudd's assassination... and he didn't even blink.
While the graphic photo of the bruised and bloodied face of left-wing Labor MP Peter Baldwin has remained etched in the public conscience since his bashing 25 years ago, those responsible have never been brought to account.