I have had much to catch up on since returning but the one that has been the most difficult to follow has been the story about Tony Abbott supposedly having “punched a wall” in proximity to the head of some woman he had lost a student election to. It seems something of a habit for Abbott to lose elections to female leaders on his first go round but it does give me heart to hear that he did win on the subsequent occasion, as he will on this occasion as well.
Since this is a story of what supposedly happened 35 years ago during a student election at the University of Sydney that had never been mentioned until now, there really is a sense of make believe about it. Anyone who would consider anything like this a reason for voting one way or the other in a Federal election in 2013 really ought to have their vote take from them on account of feeble mindedness and all round stupidity.
Abbott has said that it never happened which is a reasonable reason not to have remembered such an event, and that the story had been mined from within a Labor “dirt unit” for which we have this priceless response taken from The Australian Online:
The editor of the Quarterly Essay, which first published the allegations, rejected Mr Abbott’s suggestion a Labor ‘dirt unit’ was involved.
‘On the contrary, the events described were discovered by the journalist David Marr during his extensive research for “Political Animal: the making of Tony Abbott”,’ Chris Feik said in a statement.
‘Marr is a highly respected journalist and biographer.
‘The idea that he is connected with any Labor dirt unit is completely implausible.
‘This is a clear case of trying to shoot the messenger.’
See how it escalates. Now they are accusing Abbott of trying to shoot someone. When will these wild accusations ever end?