Thursday 8 February 2018
So, Barnaby Joyce has committed adultery and his new partner is expecting a baby. The Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister, according to The Daily Telegraph, will be the father of his 5th child in March.
The lady involved is Ms Vikki Campion, 33, a former journalist and Deputy Chief of Staff of The Daily Telegraph. She left Mr Joyce’s office in April last year.
She has reportedly moved in with Mr Joyce. There will be many and varied opinions about this liaison ranging from “it’s nobody’s business but theirs,” to “you reap what you sow.” In normal circumstances I would be of the view that it is indeed their own business. I would also argue that if his behaviour speaks to the character of the Deputy Prime Minister of the country then it is in the public interest.
After all, people do make errors in life and it’s a mistake that many thousands of men and women have made in their own weakness, often destroying the lives of the innocents they love, and the marriage bonds they committed to.
It can often be circumstantial, a spur of the moment decision or a planned infidelity with sad consequences. Often it can happen when no intent occupied the mind. Absence from home can play a big part. However, it all ends up with the suffering of many. And it’s the grieving for something lost that is so hard to cope with.
“Having a true friend requires the experience of their pain as well as their joy.”
Mrs Joyce for the first time went public yesterday (firewalled):
“I am deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member. I understand that this affair has been going on for many months and started when she was a paid employee.
This situation is devastating on many fronts. For my girls who are affected by the family breakdown and for me as a wife of 24 years, who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life.
Our family life has had to be shared during Barnaby’s political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our homes and into our lives. Naturally we also feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved.
The situation for myself and the girls will be made worse by the fact that this will all be played out in public so at this time, I would ask that the girls and I are given some privacy and time to come to terms with the consequences and take steps to plan our future.”
“The situation is devastating, for my girls who are affected by the family breakdown and for me as a wife of 24 years who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life,” she told the Telegraph.
“When the flame of love has become but an ember and the candle no longer burns. Is it to late to strike another match?”
One of my friends described the front page of The Telegraph like this:
“It’s despicable that Murdoch tabloids ran a front-page paparazzi snap of a pregnant woman just because the father happens to be Barnaby Joyce. I’m no fan of Barnaby, and he’s a hypocrite for opposing equal marriage on the basis of ‘family values’ and putting the LGBTI community through the wringer while leading a different life himself, but this isn’t about him, it’s about her. She hasn’t chosen to be a public figure and she has the right to a private life, especially while pregnant.”
Greens MP Adam Brant tweeted:
“Front page of the Tele is despicable. There’s an argument Barnaby is fair game after he put LGBTI community under such awful scrutiny b/c ‘family values’, but leave her out of it. She’s not a public figure.”
Undoubtedly, Barnaby will be presented as the victim by the obnoxious Murdoch press and Mrs Joyce as the wife who should have paid her husband much more attention.
As for me, well, I find myself in many camps. On the one hand I feel immensely sorry for the real victims, Mrs Joyce and the children, and on the other I have no compassion for Barnaby who I consider to be among the biggest fools to have ever walked the carpeted halls of Parliament House.
I recall the night when Penny Wong and Barnaby Joyce were on QandA together. They were discussing Marriage Equality, and Barnaby was spruiking the virtues of his Catholicism, putting Wong down for her immorality in the process.
A transcript of the program no longer exists but I recall Barnaby making a derogatory remark about Wong’s sexuality and her rebuttal, referring to her family, was absolutely priceless.
If you have ever witnessed his cringing appearances on QandA when surrounded by people of sagacious knowledge, you will understand where I’m coming from.
For me, Mrs Joyce should be given all the sympathy we can muster and Barnaby Joyce is a disgrace to his family, his party, the electorate he represents and the people of Australia. Fancy giving him the distinction of the title Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
“As deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce relentlessly, during the marriage equality debate, questioned the morality of thousands of our citizens as relating to his own particular Catholic beliefs. He can hardly complain if others question his.”
My thought for the day
“When you make a decision, you shape your future.”