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May 21, 2012

All that is missing from Pope's cartoon is Craig Thomson, the member for Dobell. He's a star performer. In his speech to parliament it was Thomson against the world. Under the cover of parliamentary privilege he raised the spectre of someone stealing his identity and cloning his phone to make it appear that he was engaging the services of prostitutes on his union credit card.

PopeDhap.jpg David Pope

He was right in his claim that the matter should run its course through the courts if charges are laid. In the court of public opinion and the media Thomson has already been tried and found guilty.

The Canberra Press gallery is preoccupied with the noise around the Thomson affair even though the economy is shredding full time jobs, teenage unemployment is rising and the money is not being spent to bring our public education system up to standard.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:50 PM | | Comments (3)


Parliament should not make a judgement about Craig Thomson.That is for the courts. Until then he deserves the presumption of innocence.

Yes thats right nan.
Satan has never been proved guilty either. Its so unfair.

Thomson's just been the patsy. There's nothing beyond the norm gone on that any adult can't discern and only a fool doesn't know its about mudslinging, at this stage of the electoral cycle.
Stuff about deeper and far more serious criminal activity such as Murdoch/ Brooks or the censorship of news about Free Trade negotiation is obscured by the naive antics of boofy shop stewards stuffing their cabcharge signatures, given monotonous repetition far beyond descent into adhominem.
The veteran opposition MP Dr Mal Washer was moved warm of the health risk to Craig Thomson, should sledging of this intensity continue.
Abbott's impersonation of a slavering-rabid Dobermann on a leash early in the week reminded the public well enough and the tabloid right here, like their kin in the US, are running out of time before the slumbering public finally wakes up to them.