Thursday, March 30, 2017

Updated Latham Diaries

The title comes from Mark Lathams tell all but tell nothing book.

Mark Latham was once the leader of Australia's Labor Party. He came close to being elected as our Prime Minister in 2004. While I am ultimately a Labor voter after my preferences are sorted, I found him to be a very unlikeable person and I would never have voted Labor with Latham as a leader. Gawd, who did I vote for? Surely not Howard.


Latham has just been sacked by Sky News after calling the head student of Sydney Boys' High gay for his support of women's issues and the lad's fellow students 'dickheads'.

Former New South Wales Premier, Kristine Keneally is considering suing Latham after he called her a protege of the disreputable Labor Party powerbroker, convicted criminal and thoroughly horrible Eddie Obeid. He also called her a Yankee sheila.

Media person and former comedian Wendy Harmer is also considering suing Latham after he said she was a failure in commercial media and had taken refuge because of her disability with the government owned ABC broadcaster. Harmer was born with a cleft palate, treated and fixed up when she was young. It is still noticeable but not badly so, and does it matter? Harmer was for many years a successful commercial radio presenter and had her own very successful tv comedy show.

Latham also used Twitter to abuse former Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, whose son died after being beaten and stabbed to death by his father and her former husband.

I will just repeat the worst remark about someone I ever heard my grandmother say, he is nasty piece of work.

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  1. A very nasty piece of work. As too many politicians (current and former) are.

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    1. EC, sadly the proportion in NSW seems higher than elsewhere.

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  2. I would never ever ever vote against the Labor Party, but Latham was/is indeed a nasty piece of work. Latham said on radio that just because Rosie Batty's husband murdered their son, she is unfairly targeting men in her campaign against domestic violence. That Batty's feminist group was "using" domestic violence for political gain and a campaign against all Australian men.

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    1. Hels, if he meant by being political, Batty using her power to reduce domestic violence, so be it. I have never heard her express any desire to enter politics. I don't particularly like the way she presents, but I have never heard anything anti male, beyond the fact that men commit by far the greatest amount of domestic violence.

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  3. He doesn't mind beating up men either, remember the taxi driver's broken arm.

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    1. JT, I didn't, but I was reminded of it today in the press.

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  4. Anonymous3:21 pm

    Latham was Labor's Alexander Downer moment of madness in considering him for a potential PM. More than slightly unhinged. - Ian

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    1. Ian, yes, I get that. It took me a while to work it out.

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  5. Your grandmother was dead right on Latham. He's a detestable man.
    Odd how many of us 'vote' for the leader or won't 'vote' for the leader of a party. We shouldn't be like that but we are.

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    1. Margaret, we are only one step short of electing someone like a President. I think we are not so bad. We elect local candidates and parties, and we know who the party leader is, so we know who will lead our country.

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    1. Gosia, pretty ugly inside.

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  7. Have you watched the original video, Andrew? I find it pretty squirmworthy whatever its good intentions.

    The reason I ask is because of the misreporting.

    Latham never said the school captain was gay.

    He said (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wwv3Nhtf4Y at 3:58) "I thought the first guy was gay."

    He was talking about the boy who said (at 0:58) "Feminism is important to me because a few months ago a guy decided for me that I want to have sex with him. I didn't want to."

    The reasoning behind the joke was (1) feminist friendly boys at SBHS will have to be gay because lefty girls from SGH refuse to be mollified by your speaking as girls for international women's day and real life girls from the Western Suburbs will think they are a total Wallys; and (2) (reason advanced later but I expect not delivered at the time because he already realised he'd overstepped the mark when talking about a schoolboy) because the boy on the video was talking about a guy wanting to sleep with him and when you first watch the video there is no explanation that the boys are speaking women's/girls' words.

    Underlying the "joke" was probably a cheap (3) Hurlstone Ag (Western Suburbs selective school where Latham, self-appointed working-class Aussie bloke went) vs Sydney Boys' High (GPS selective school; supposed by Latham in this topos to be inner suburban effete types) historical chip on shoulder. (3) is a tiresome locker-room aspect of Latham which he's always had.

    The moment Latham said it he obviously realised that his intended joke had misfired. You can tell from the way he trails off.

    It was a bad joke about thinking the boy was gay, and the real reason why that was a bad joke is because if someone like Latham says he thinks someone is gay, or even, as here, that he thought someone was gay, there's a kind of latent insult.

    I haven't been a fan of Latham since he broke the taxi driver's arm (too much alcohol and aggression).

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    1. I understand now, thanks Marcellous.

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  8. He should come over here to the US. I'm sure Trump would love to give him a cabinet position -- he sounds like Trump's kinda guy.

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    1. Jennifer, they would be great buddies.

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  9. Latham is a bully, pure and simple.

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    1. Victor, an excellent economy of words.

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  10. I have never really liked the man at all. I will be glad when he is out of the news altogether.

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    1. CM, I am surprised that he is employed by Sky News. Well, was.

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