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Day to Day Politics: Rumours about a certain politician abound.

Tuesday October 24 2017

Matthew 7:1-6 of the New Testament says:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

If there is one thing I find abhorrent it is the hypocrisy of those in public life who while leading a supposed life of moral dignity and publicly endorse its purest virtues, are on the side, behind closed doors, having affairs or committing immoral acts.

Yet they appear on television eminently opposed to, for example, to marriage equality whilst at the same time being unfaithful in theirs. So until Barnarby Joyce denies the rumours about him then that’s all they are, rumours. But rumours can be very damaging.

Rumour of ‘well-known politician’s eight-month affair with Parliament House staffer’ sets tongues wagging among Canberra’s elite.

The skimpy article goes on to say that:

“Canberra’s secret is believed to be common knowledge throughout political circles, with some surprised the affair hasn’t been leaked sooner as many have allegedly dropped hints on Twitter.”

Andrew Bolt – on his blog – had this to say:

“If true, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is finished. If false, rival Tony Windsor should be:

EMBATTLED Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is in the grip of a deeply personal crisis that has now spilled into his public life at the very time he is fighting to save his political career.

The popular Nationals leader, who faces being kicked out of Parliament next week over his dual citizenship, has for months struggled with issues that have affected his marriage of 24 years…

Already, long-term rival Tony Windsor has published a series of provocative social media posts. The posts contain vicious innuendo about Mr Joyce’s personal life.

The private turmoil has spilled over into his office with staff leaving at the height of the situation.”

Andrew Bolt is correct in his assertion that if the alleged affair has taken place then Barnaby Joyce is finished. Tony Windsor’s reputation would be greatly tarnished. If it is untrue then Joyce should knock it on the head straight away. If it is true he should say so now and save himself and his party the avalanche of condemnation that will inevitably come gushing down on them.

Joyce, on shows like Q&A, has always been a paragon of virtue when it comes to his faith, (he is a Catholic) family values, espousing a conservative christian attitude condemning all sexual activity outside of orthodox teaching. He has always been highly judgmental of others who commit acts that are outside his traditional world view.

If the rumours have some truth to them then one would have to say that if the High Court ruled against him in the citizenship saga, then a by-election for the seat of New England would be inevitable. Just how forgiving the folk of the electorate would be, is difficult to say.

That of course is not taking into account that he may resign, or be forced to, by his party. Joyce has always been a controversial political figure. One who is either loved or loathed. Ordinarily I would say that matters of this nature are none of my business but because he is the deputy Prime Minister: one who preaches the highest morality to his constituents, then his private life does matter.

However, as I said, until he denies these rumours, they are but innuendo, nothing more and nothing less.

My thought for the day

“When you make a decision you shape your future.”

29 comments

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  1. Shutterbug

    Let he who wields the cross, die by the cross.

  2. Jan

    Barnaby is no great intellect.Maybe he should go back home to NZ anyway.

  3. Terry2

    What goes around comes around.

    Trump launched a nasty attack on Republican Presidential candidate and Vietnam veteran John McCain, who was shot down while a navy pilot and imprisoned in Vietnam. Trump’s view :

    He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”

    Finally McCain has responded to Trump’s own record of draft dodging by saying :

    “One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we’re going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve*.”
    President Donald Trump received five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War, four for education and one for bone spurs in his heels”
    .

  4. Pilot

    Sadly the rusted on voters of New England will return the lying red faced arsehole if he’s thrown out by the Federal Court. They vote as their parents’ voted and for whoever flies the “Country Party’s” flag. The World does not exist outside the political boundaries of their electorate.

    At one stage a shopping trip to Tamworth was a great day out, not any more. We haven’t been back since Bananaby was elected their rep, will never go back, would rather spend petrol dollars going elsewhere.

    As a country kid born and bred, I have never voted Country Party or Nationals and never will.

  5. wam

    No truth today, Lord?
    Joyce, the rabbott and his joey, little billy, the pyne nut are jesuit trained. Albo is one of a dozen taught by brothers and trumball is a convert.
    Of all the churches the catholics accept seed spreading as natural and desirable. Arguably then joyce is not hypocritical just displaying normal human animal behaviour.
    ps
    Love the magda – ‘you can’t breed us out’. Reminds me of a belief shared by my dad that ‘Aborigines would die out’. Another innuendo??

  6. john ocallaghan

    His personal life does’nt interest me and i dont care how many extra marital affairs he has had or is about to have, i dont like him and i dont like his politics, and i think he is a liar and a thief!!

  7. Roscoe

    everyone assumes it is with a woman but what if it is not?

  8. OPPOSE THE MAJOUR PARTIES

    18 yr old staffer apparently. barnaby is the harvey weinstein of aust politics. from kiwi of the year to hypocrit and sleazebag of the year

  9. Matts

    Don’t care about his private life. We are better than this people. Do we mention Shortens private life?

  10. Ian Ellis

    Anybody who was previously supportive of B Joyce, but ceases to be so now that his moral hypocrisy is becoming apparent, really needs to adjust their judgmental criteria. Joyce denies some people the right to ‘marry’, and cites by implication these people’s moral unworthiness for marriage. THAT attitude is disgraceful, but only partly so because of his own moral unworthiness. (To discriminate, on any grounds, is unworthy of a leader.) With a political history as poor as Barnaby’s, it would almost be a shame if he was brought down simply because he had an extra-marital affair with a young staffer.

  11. helvityni

    Gillard’s private life certainly was the talk of the town amongst the Coalition…. Matts seems keen to draw in Shorten’s…

  12. Zathras

    Maybe Bolt should ask Barnaby if his wife is gay. It was considered a fair media question for Gillard during her days in Parliament.

  13. Möbius Ecko

    As was Shorten’s helvityni, remember the accusations of rape against him, accusations I still see appear on social media whenever a RWNJ starts losing an argument online.

  14. jimhaz

    [Don’t care about his private life. We are better than this people]

    Get real. Of course we care about this – he has acted as PM – not some unknown backbencher. The top rung of leaders have to meet higher moral standards than anyone else – otherwise we’d have blatant narcissistic criminals like Donald “Harvey” Trump in power here.

    This lack of moral fortitude doesn’t surprise me at all – highly typical of those prepared to lie and supply graft to his electorate.

    I sort of recall him saying something in passing about being a flawed individual once on QandA….at least he was right about that.

  15. paul

    can we cede new england to NZ?

  16. helvityni

    Möbius Ecko, when we moved here,our Liberal voting neighbour quickly informed us about every Labor politician’s private life. Whenever I visited her, she was watching or listening to Bolt, Jones or some other shock jock…. Well informed… 🙂

  17. james morrison

    It’s possible you’re doing as much damage to Tony Windsor with this piece. I haven’t seen any of the alleged comments attributed to Windsor on socmed and no one other than Bolt is asserting this. Remember the Nationals ran a very nasty campaign against Windsor last election, alleging he was cheating on his wife.

  18. Michael Taylor

    james, Tony Winsor’s tweets are all over the place. So yes, they are attributed to him.

  19. OPPOSE THE MAJOUR PARTIES

    From Kiwi of the Year to SLEAZEBAG of the Year. Now that is a career path!

  20. OPPOSE THE MAJOUR PARTIES

    Matt. ‘Don’t care about his private life. We are better than this people. Do we mention Shortens private life?’ Five words. ‘Jim Cairns and Juni Morossey’.

  21. Zathras

    What do you expect? Isn’t he just another one of those immigrants coming over here and taking our Aussie jobs?

  22. wam

    Not only well informed Helvityni but have belief in the informants and acceptance of the truth of the words. Your neighbour knows the truth that the Lord calls lies.
    As for the conservative catholic just think of the slipdictomy attitude of the rabbott to reach the conclusion that only jewish, christian or muslim men deserve to marry virgins. Wonder how many women who forgot to ride sidesaddle have had hymenorrhaphy. The Grand Ayatollah of Iran sanctions such operations for hymen damage due to rape and his fatwah declares the women to be a virgin. The frogs subsidise the operation. The point is to stain the sheets with spots of blood after the wedding night.
    Women accept such manly beliefs that this blood is good and praised but menstrual blood is disgusting and taboo.

  23. Cathy Sutcliffe

    When bible verse is used to prove some kind of point, it makes the point seem ridiculous. Why not just say he is a hypocrite and be done. Anyway, a politician having an affair is no big deal. Any man having an affair, or woman for that matter, is nothing new., It is a personal matter, and trying to make the facts fit a denouncement of a public figure is nothing short of hypocritical itself, because as a whole, society engages in this kind of behavior everyday, forever and ever, ahhhh Men. How does BJ’s affair have anything to do with gay marriage anyway.? Sure, you can make it sound as bad as you like, but it doesn’t mean it is contrary to gay marriage, because gay people have affairs too. Seriously though…when people use bible verse as though it proves a point, or points to the bible as if it is a factual document and can’t be questioned, used to suit a purpose, it drives me berserk. It means nothing.

  24. Jack Russell

    The moral high groud is a shaky place for anyone to point a finger from and bananaby has done plenty of that but, be that as it may, what I DO give a fig about are the all citizens he’s effed-over during his long political career.

  25. metadatalata

    I would rather see Sleazy kiwi Joyce behind bars for his personal part in the ‘Murray Darling environmental water robbery’. Unbelievable that he hasn’t been prosecuted already. I guess when you have the AFP literally in your lap as an LNP parliamentarian, it makes sense in a sick sort of way to our Australian democracy. Joyces lap certainly has been a busy place of late..

  26. Harquebus

    Barnaby Joyce’s sex life. Ugh!

    My mother has just said to me, “That can not be true. Who the hell would have an affair with that bastard?”

  27. David Bruce

    People in high office are subject to blackmail for indiscretions they wish to keep private! Perhaps that helps to explain why our politicians seem to ignore common sense and the will of the Australian people, in so many of their actions, decisions and policies?

  28. Paul Davis

    OK … apart from the nudgenudge winkwink innuendo what are the facts?

    The heresay about affairs and adultery, predatory and inappropriate behaviour, pregnancy and abortion, separation from wife, approbium from family member(s) and others is just that, heresay.

    The good burgers of new england overwhelmingly supported mr beetroot yesterday so they either believe that all this is lying rubbish from a left wing dirt file or they know more than the press gallery will say but they dont care.

    Should we?

  29. Kaye Lee

    Paul,

    The fact that Barnaby’s family were nowhere to be seen during the campaign or at the after party (the usual footage of hubby and wife casting a vote together was replaced by Barnaby and his mum and dad) tends to indicate the rumours have substance. As to whether we should care, I would normally say no – families are off-limits.

    Except Barnaby used them in his opposition to marriage equality…..

    Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce told the rally his four daughters would be affected if same-sex marriage was allowed.

    “We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband, and I want that to happen for them. I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me.”

    Aside from the very obvious rejoinder that marriage equality did not in any way affect his daughters’ chances of finding “a loving husband”, being married to someone of the opposite sex is obviously no guarantee of a secure relationship.

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