By BARRIE CASSIDY.
In both the case of Bronwyn Bishop and of Adam Goodes our passions have been aroused, and in both cases the likely outcomes are so wrong. How is it that Bishop could stay in her job while Goodes may not, asks Barrie Cassidy.
If Bishop – despite overwhelming public opinion wishing it otherwise – refuses to quit; and Goodes – despite, surely, overwhelming public opinion wishing it otherwise – simply can’t face the prospect of running on to a football field?
In both cases passions have been aroused in tandem this week, and in both cases the likely outcomes are so wrong in so many ways.
The Abbott Government’s handling of the Bishop scandal is about as inept as you could possibly imagine. It is breathtaking in its dumbness.
How is it possible that Bishop, having been caught out hiring a helicopter in preference to a one-hour car ride, did not immediately admit her mistake and apologise? How is it that not one wise head in the Liberal Party had the instincts or the clout to persuade her of the damage that would cause?
How is it that they allowed the apology to be delayed until three weeks of predictably intense political pressure forced her hand, meaning of course, that when it finally came, it was already meaningless?
Did they not watch that disastrous first news conference when the only regret the “independent” Speaker expressed is that it distracted attention from a political opponent?