Â The Sydney Morning Herald has a winner with their story of the opposition attempt to rinse Bronwyn Bishop.
Labor’s Tony Burke, opposition manager of business, might as well consider a future emptying night carts, for his motion, a thing of fury, and his long list of gruesome complaints against Ms Bishop, foundered. His life, you’d imagine, will barely be worth living.
Worse, perhaps, he was accused of being a “sook” by the carefully coiffed Christopher Pyne, who invoked Paul Keating to inform him cheerily that opposition was a dreary life of cold cups of tea at 11 o’clock at night, and three long years of it lay ahead.
It had been coming for months, of course, as Ms Bishop cut down Mr Burke’s attempts to move points of order, as he tried to argue with Madam Speaker’s rulings, as he watched his colleagues tossed from Parliament day after day, as he was taunted by Mr Pyne, and as only this week, he had sought vainly to persuade Ms Bishop that outbreaks of laughter from the opposition benches did not constitute unparliamentary behaviour.
Mr Burke has not been an obvious favourite with Ms Bishop since the first day, back in November, she ascended the throne she had so long desired. Feigning to welcome her to the high office of Speaker, he offered that he found the moment reminiscent of the Harry Potter novel in which the evil witch Dolores Umbridge is made headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Â Read more »