Who our deputy prime minister roots is his business, be it a staff member or whomever. PM Malcolm had now forbidden sexual relations between government ministers and their staff. Good luck with that one Mal. Have you heard that the forbidden fruit is the sweetest? And now Mal has grubbied himself by speaking to the lowest common denominator, as Victor most eloquently writes here.
A few or my thoughts.
Joyce spoke during the same sex marriage debate about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. I call that hypocrisy, and so that leads to me write this. He was also against the genital herpes inoculation for young people, arguing it would lead to promiscuity. Your private life as a pollie is that, unless you are a hypocrite, and perhaps not surprisingly, so many hard conservative politicians are. Joyce has managed to be a hypocrite.
How did he imagine his affair would pan out? I am waiting for the accusation that she seduced him and deliberately became pregnant to him. Or, perhaps they both made mistakes in a moments of extreme passion. But I do reiterate, I am not here do judge what people get up to in their private lives, unless it affects their job or is hypocritical.
But something in the media I glanced at gave me thoughts about the bigger picture.
While I am not terribly sympathetic to female partners of male politicians or the wives of other highflyers, as they are not struggling low income single mums, I reckon the female partners of such high flying people do some pretty hard yards. Absent husband, absent father, bring up the children mostly on their own. They pay bills. They manage the household. They shop. They cook, clean and wash. At times they have present themselves in public and be presentable. They enable their husbands, and this could apply apply in reverse sex wise, to have a very successful career as their husbands can totally focus on the job, never having to worry about there being no milk in the fridge or transporting kiddies to play in a netball match.
So how is the little woman at home repaid for her dedication to duty, to husband and children? Their husbands screws their secretaries, excited by a bit of young vag. (I could have said worse). I reckon Mrs Joyce kicked her husband out after she discovered his shenanigans, and good on her. I expect she foolishly believed in the sanctity of marriage, as espoused by her husband.