"OF COURSE HE'S GUILTY, JUST LISTEN TO THE MUSIC", Bart Simpson
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
I too heard the music and saw trailers for “60 Minutes” and was anticipating a Coalition meltdown with Ministers resigning en masse but half way through the program, which was entirely given over to the Ashby/Slipper saga, it was time for a cup of tea, we had heard it all before.
Pickering Post had already covered this story in every sordid detail and for media to believe that either Slipper or Ashby is capable of telling the truth is a dereliction of duty.
Channel Nine needs ratings but this was no way to go about getting them. James Ashby was paid to provide distractive fodder for media’s Left on the eve of Gillard’s appearance before a Royal Commission.
Both Ashby and Peter Slipper are two of the vilest grubs ever to grace the halls of our Federal Parliament and just watch the ABC and Fairfax jump on a concocted lead story that belongs in the gutter.
When Ashby took his sexual abuse case to court, Justice Rares threw it out in a pre-trial hearing on the basis that it was “politically motivated”.
At the time I wrote in anger that Justice Rares was clearly wrong in law. He had no right to judge Ashby’s motives and should only have considered the evidence before him... and there was plenty.
Eventually Rares’ decision was overturned on appeal. But Ashby discontinued the case anyway as blind Freddy and his dog knew he had no chance of success.
There was little doubt that he had encouraged the homosexual debauchery and was very comfortable with his massaging of Slipper and the shocking exchange of texts that followed. Ashby could have resigned from Slipper’s employ or reported him at any time he wished but he chose to continue with the tryst.
Even more shocking was the ensuing misogyny speech of Gillard who was supporting Slipper and his vile mollusc references to female genitalia, but instead Abbott, rather than Slipper, was attacked as a woman-hater for checking his damned watch while Gillard was spouting her venom.
Gillard’s hypocrisy was at its peak as international media applauded the speech without knowledge of its background or Gillard’s motives.
On 60 Minutes last night Ashby accused Christopher Pyne, now Minister for Education, of promising him a job and legal assistance if he carried through with bringing a case against Slipper.
Now, Pyne is no idiot and he would have understood that to make such an offer would have been politically suicidal. There is no doubt media’s Left would have been all over it had such an arrangement transpired, and even Ashby was noticeably equivocal when pressed by Liz Hayes for confirmation of his accusation. Ashby lied.
But here’s what blows Ashby’s and 60 Minutes’ story out of the water... Ashby stated in his own affidavit that no inducement of any kind had been offered to him. And that’s where 60 Minutes' non-story should have ended,
Ashby is clearly a liar for hire and Slipper had long been discarded by the Opposition at the time, they were well aware of his character.
Where the Opposition (at the time) went wrong was for Mal Brough to involve himself in trying to bring down Slipper legally when he was vying for his seat of Fisher. He never needed to, Slipper was already a dead man walking.
But the most disgusting aspect of this yucky page in Oz political history was media’s support of Gillard and the Left's outrageous hypocrisy.