It is a sad day for true believers. His self belief in his own greatest can be summed up by this quote from Fairfax Press, which I rather like.
Director of the Australian National Gallery, Betty Churcher, informed
Whitlam of a plan - fortunately kyboshed - which would have made him
appear to walk across water to the opening of an exhibition. "Comrade,"
Whitlam replied, "that would not have been possible - the stigmata have
not yet healed." His fans found it hilarious but it confirmed the worst
fears of his critics. Here was Whitlam literally challenging the