DID BILL DO IT?
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 haven’t gone near the rape allegations levelled against Bill Shorten. It’s a she-said-he-said charge and had little hope of getting to a court room. One person’s word against another, without a witness, usually has no hope of passing the DPP sniff test. It would have been unfair and a waste of time to put it to trial.
I cannot imagine a worse charge than that of rape to be hanging over a man’s head and there have been many similar charges that have proved vexatious or flat out false.
Equally, it must be devastating for this woman that she needs to live with an offence she knows occurred but must now also live with the realisation that her claim is deemed to be false. It’s not of course, it’s merely a matter of insufficient evidence.
Bill Shorten claims that it did not happen. I cannot imagine a worse burden for a woman who has suffered rape to carry.
Did Shorten do the right thing by going public? Well, it was certainly the right thing for Shorten. He would have known that his “victim” from all those years ago would go public. There is nowhere else for her to turn now that he has said her claims are false... he wants the issue dead.
Media have declared the allegation not only dead but buried, in the same way they declared the Gillard fraud issue dead. It’s remarkable that the media insisted the allegation that Tony Abbott may have punched a wall 35 years ago should remain alive and kicking.
Will it go away? Somehow I don’t think so, Bill’s denial was weak and unconvincing.
Legalities aside, did Bill Shorten actually rape this woman? Well, yes, of course he did! Everything that is rotten and cowardly with the act of rape is also consistent with Bill Shorten. His face oozes weakness, his demeanour is shallow, he is a coward, a union thug in an expensive suit and his eyes tell lies.
This poor woman claimed she felt ill each time she saw Bill’s face on television. She was haunted by his image and could not escape it.
Well same goes for me and quite a lot of other people.