Former federal Labor Party leader Mark Latham had one of his regular embarrassing rants in The Financial Review on Thursday spinning the truth as per usual in an attempt to defend Julia Gillard in the AWU fraud. Latham is one of the best things the Liberals and other political parties have going for them. Latham is also extremely disliked by many if not most in the Labor Party. A lot of it has to do with his infamous book The Latham Diaries where he unloaded on many past and present in the Labor Party.
And who can forget the day Latham “stalked” Julia Gillard and telling voters at the 2010 election to leave their ballot papers blank. Not exactly an endorsement of his own party. (Click here to read more) That might explain why he is now grovelling to Julia Gillard so he can curry favour with the Labor Party and get back on the financial gravy train of political appointments to boards etc.
Mark Latham wrote an article on Thursday attacking Michael Smith and his investigation of the Julia Gillard and AWU fraud. The net effect is that Latham is also attacking the Royal Commission and the police investigation that is currently afoot in Victoria. I do not have an issue with Latham questioning Smith as I have in the past (Click here to read) and the attack on Michael Smith is Smith’s problem which he has returned serve. (Click here to read).
But you cannot question the vast evidence that Smith supplies as it is documented and Latham likes to ignore the documents as they undermine his arguments. Unless of course you are going to say the documents were forged and at this stage no one has and I doubt that anyone will as a lot of the documents come from court and police files etc.
Mark Latham’s dribble in The Financial Review (Click here to read the article)
The title Latham gives the article is “There is no trail that leads to Gillard”. Well I suppose he is right, it isn’t a trail at all, it’s a 10 lane Highway. In the first three paragraphs that makes up about a third of the article Latham does nothing more than attack Smith which undermines Latham’s whole article.
Latham then goes on to say:
Where’s the evidence?
The public record is strikingly clear. There is not a single document from the 1990s that incriminates Gillard. On the available paperwork, she provided valid legal advice and paid for her home renovations via personal cheques. By the standards of his police training, Smith has come up empty-handed.
Mark Latham claims to have researched the AWU fraud and then makes the statement that “There is not a single document from the 1990s that incriminates Gillard.” One example of an incriminating document which received substantial mention at the Royal Commission is Julia Gillard’s handwriting on the application to incorporate the association that was used to funnel the stolen AWU funds through and the document is full of lies. So Latham is either incompetent or deliberately lying to his readership and either way he should not have his job.
When Latham attacks the evidence he is attacking everyone who supports the RC
When Latham attacks the evidence in regards to Julia Gillard’s involvement in the AWU fraud he is attacking everyone who has shined a light on the AWU fraud and wants it to be fully investigated. That includes this site and many of the followers and anyone who is fair-minded and has a reasonable knowledge of the AWU fraud knows that Gillard is in a lot of trouble.
Mark Latham trolling for the Labor Party – What’s the payback
Mr Latham is another online (and print) troll that the Labor Party have set-up to defend Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s history. His payback will probably be a directorship or two when the Labor Party is back in power.
The vast majority of what Michael Smith writes in relation to the AWU fraud cannot be questioned as there are documents to support it. But Latham is happy to ignore the documents and the majority of what is said at the Royal Commission.
Bashing a taxi driver and a photographer
In 2001 Latham broke the arm of a taxi driver but was never charged with an offence. (Click here to read) In 2006 Latham “escaped a criminal conviction after pleading guilty to maliciously damaging a news photographer’s $6,700 camera.” “But the former prime ministerial aspirant was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond” (Click here to read more) Latham has always been a bully boy and the handshake where he clearly tried to intimidate John Howard helped him lose the 2004 election. The Australian public do not like bullies and almost every article Latham does on the AWU fraud he attacks Smith or other journalists which shows he is up to his old tricks of trying to intimidate.
Latham has always seemed to think he is above everyone else and can do what he wants. It is really time for Latham to retire from being in the public. He is of no value to anyone and is trying to undermine the Royal Commission and democracy for his own gain.
The Labor Party and internet trolling – a bad mix and a stupid one at that
I raised Labor Party online trolling in the last post to a degree and when you put that together with the above you can see it is starting to become widespread. The political party’s have to use the media including the internet to get their message out to the voters. The downside is if they do it in a dodgy manner it will backfire fast as the online community will respond quickly. The Labor Party are shooting themselves in the foot like there is no tomorrow with Latham and crew online.
Latham is a major liability for the Labor Party and they should get rid of him, then again maybe he won’t go so they can’t. Fairfax Media should definitely sack Latham as he discredits the paper and website unless of course they put his articles in the fiction section then it is OK. Passing off political propaganda that is designed to conceal crimes does no news organisation any good.
When people deliberately undermine a Royal Commission and/or a police investigation they are attacking Australia’s democracy and that is what Mark Latham is doing. He is a disgrace and should be looked upon as such.
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