July 08, 2004


At this rate, we'll see Mark Latham in tears again by the end of the week:

Senior Government ministers yesterday attacked Mark Latham as a hypocrite over his history of personal abuse as the Labor leader publicly named two journalists he accused of asking questions about his family that sickened and disgusted him.

Poor little Mark. Janet Albrechtsen, a target of Lathamís abuse, has this to say:

Remember that Latham told The Bulletin back in 2002 that "this idea that politics can be too rough and too personal is a bit rich ... It's part of the Australian way. We're not a namby-pamby nation." When, in response to that comment, I argued, on this page, for more civility in public life, I copped a serve from Latham, "for trying to take the passion and commitment out of life ... [for trying] to take the irreverence and spark out of the Australian character". Then, a little later, he lobbed the "skanky-ho" sobriquet at me.

Perhaps it's time for Latham to show how serious he is about making amends, about convincing voters how genuine the change in him is. An apology will be gladly accepted, Mr Latham. Short of that, dry your eyes, Princess.

Good call.

UPDATE. Because Mark is sad, hereís the Morrissey Dance.

(Via Mollyís Blog.)

Posted by Tim Blair at July 8, 2004 02:18 AM

Got an issue? Here's a tissue! Hyuk!

Posted by: Amos at July 8, 2004 at 02:44 AM

Well said Janet. Just what this lunatic needed: a swift knee to the Crown Jewell.

It's disturbing and full-on weird that Latham spreads rumours pre-emptively about himself, then blubs on television about how hurtful the hitherto unknown stories are. And he does this by mentioning widely unknown gossip about his own sister.

And secret 'Government Dirt Units' (plural).

This man is utterly deranged.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at July 8, 2004 at 02:50 AM

One things for sure: Latham has proved himself several times over to be utterly unfit to be Prime Minister, not only the most demanding and rssponsible job in the land, but one which requires vast moral intergity and courage.

Posted by: Sue at July 8, 2004 at 03:17 AM

"for trying to take the passion and commitment out of life ... [for trying] to take the irreverence and spark out of the Australian character" Good one Mr Latham. I didn't realise that king hitting was anything to be passionate about or was a spark in the Australian character. As for blubbering in public, what a Ball-less Blousey Boob you've turned out to be. Prior to last weekend, you were looking odds on favourite to getting on the throne, but now the only throne you'll be on is in the thunderbox!

Posted by: Lofty at July 8, 2004 at 07:02 AM

Why is the princess bothering with naming the journo's that were supposedly investigating the story that he himself broke, I mean, he's already told us that its really the Government's "dirt unit" that behind all this, and just because he doesn't appear to have any evidence of this, shouldn't mean that we don't believe him, after all he's such a truthful little fellow.

Posted by: John at July 8, 2004 at 09:19 AM

Blubber Boy Latham is certainly deranged currency. The thoughts of him as PM and Crean as Treasurer actually fill me with a real FEAR. The sort of low down dread that you get when expecting very bad news.

I pray that Australians see him for what he is, an unstable and violent opportunist that will sacrifice any and all values for political gain and power.

Posted by: Dog at July 8, 2004 at 09:34 AM

Poor old bastard,and they aint even used harsh language yet.

Posted by: cugel at July 8, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Auuuggghhh!! Why did I link to the Morriseydance! Now I have to go to the Hampsterdance page just to cleanse my brain!

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 8, 2004 at 10:33 AM

poor Mark will WEALLY be sad on election night...

Posted by: roscoe.p.coltrane at July 8, 2004 at 11:09 AM

Mozza's an uncoordinated spastic compared to dancin' Paul.

Posted by: Habib at July 8, 2004 at 11:36 AM

dry your eyes, Princess

I love a woman who knows how to slip in the knife!

Posted by: Mike at July 8, 2004 at 11:36 AM

Liverpool Council has had a reputation for corruption for years. The Oasis/Bulldogs project is only the latest example. This Council's got all the smell of Keating's piggery, so why aren't our investigative journalists ferreting through the Council in Latham's time, as Janet suggests? Answer: because they'd rather speculate endlessly about biffo and bonking in Mark's private life. Well done, oh fearless reporters! Just dont't expect a Pulitzer Prize, however.

Posted by: Freddyboy at July 8, 2004 at 12:05 PM

If he loses the election, what's the odds on him publishing a book about it - my suggested title is:

"King hit by the GDU."

This is too good to be true - what a laugh!

Posted by: Rob at July 8, 2004 at 12:18 PM

I expect Lazy columnists from the Australian not to know what what skanky Ho means but timbo I heard you interviewed on 2UE by john Stanley.
you claimed you knew him very well and for a long time.
If this was the case you surely would be betting on two other meanings of the term.

Posted by: Homer Paxton at July 8, 2004 at 01:03 PM

I am concerned that big Mark couldn't even get the term right.He said shanky ho not skanky ho.As he probably was aquainted with the term thru porn sites,I can only assume he had to quickly hide his laptop and hence got the term wrong

Posted by: gubbaboy at July 8, 2004 at 01:29 PM

homer? remember when tim told you not to go top-shelf too early? you didnt listen did you!

Posted by: roscoe.p.coltrane at July 8, 2004 at 01:31 PM

Cry me a river ass-clown.

Posted by: Pig Head Sucker at July 8, 2004 at 02:06 PM

Aw, come on Mark, every westie knows the Gasnier response is only answer for the shonky pro: fuck me, fire up bitch!

Posted by: Freddyboy at July 8, 2004 at 02:42 PM

timbo's great knowleadge of Iron Mark and his history in the NSW right should have told you the term was used there some 15 years ago.

Posted by: Homer Paxton at July 8, 2004 at 03:12 PM

Lots of people use the term no doubt. However not many of these same people are currently running for Prime Minister of Australia.

Do you want me to spell it out for you any more Homer or are you right now?

Posted by: Rob at July 8, 2004 at 04:06 PM

Homer for someone like you who has complained about people using "rude words" the title to Tim's post seems appropriate and not just to Latham.

Posted by: Gary at July 8, 2004 at 05:05 PM

'Iron Mark'? i thought his nic was 'Big sook panty waist Mark'.

Posted by: roscoe.p.coltrane at July 8, 2004 at 07:01 PM

What next has Fat Cunt Latham got up his sleeve?

Pissing himself at a press conference from the stress of all the nasty woomers?

Maybe he could slash his wrists like Nick Sherry did when the travel-rorts affair got too much for the pussy.

Posted by: BT at July 8, 2004 at 08:34 PM

Can anybody image our cry boy, as PM- The foreign press would have a field day with this man
who uses the most faul langue ever heard in parliament, and then shed crocodile tears
over stories he invented himself---For the labour party-it is not to late to replace this utterly
failure and give us a decent leader before the next election

Posted by: PAMB at July 9, 2004 at 09:09 PM