Steve Gibbons tweets bimbos and douchebags

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Labor MP says Julie Bishop as a bimbo
Labor MP says Julie Bishop is a bimbo

It's been a less than spectacular morning for the ALP, obviously.

In case you missed it, Labor MP Steve Gibbons was on Twitter this morning, describing deputy leader of the opposition Julie Bishop as a bimbo.

This from the party that has taken the moral high ground on sexism.

This, just days after the Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave a fiery press conference on misogyny.

Gibbons has apologised.

Also for calling Tony Abbott a "douchebag" in the same Tweet. A douche being a product used for cleaning the vagina.

Classy stuff.

The tweet comes just as the nation is trying to get its collective head around a quite extraordinary interview with Prime Minister Gillard's former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson on the ABC's 7:30 last night.

There's a lot in it, but one of the most magnificent moments is where Wilson is asked what happened to the money from the so-called union slush fund that Gillard helped set up (without, she notes, knowing that it was to be used for corrupt purposes.)

As if things didn't look dodgy enough, Wilson says the bagman, Ralph Blewitt buried some of it in his backyard:

Ralph had been accumulating the money at his place. He had been - and I know this sounds crazy - but he had been packaging it up and burying it in his backyard, of all things.

How do I know that?

He confessed at some stage, and he also showed me a package of money that he said... and I said to him, well he better dig it up and get it back into the bank.

That all sounds completely above board, obviously.

As to the implications for the Prime Minister, The Australian newspaper has written this today. It's absolutely on the money:

We are told we cannot trust Ralph Blewitt because he has used brothels - yet when allegations about Craig Thomson and brothels were raised he was given the benefit of the doubt.

We are told that we cannot trust Mr Blewitt because he is disreputable, yet apparently we can trust the disreputable former boyfriend Bruce Wilson when he vouches for the Prime Minister.

Mr Blewitt, apparently, is a "sexist pig" for making demeaning comments about women on Facebook, while former Speaker Peter Slipper was defended for demeaning texts about women.

It is, as Ms Gillard says, very complicated.

Trying to win the argument by character assassination is dangerous - it is bound to end like a Shakespearean tragedy, with half a dozen bloodied daggers and the entire cast dead on the stage.

Well, maybe not all. But some. Of casualties, there are certain to be some.

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