NSW: more to do, but pulling in the wrong direction
Yet another member of the NSW Government has hit the wall over dodgy behaviour. Ports Minister Paul McLeay, son of the factional hack Leo, has been sacked for whiling away time in his ministerial office looking at pornographic websites.
You can’t really blame the bloke. If you were sitting on a primary vote of 25 per cent and facing imminent electoral death, you’ve got to pass the hours somehow. His appetites didn’t stop at nudie sites, he also had a bit of a thing for online gambling. But the punter has now been punted with Premier Kristina Keneally telling the freakshow also known as the NSW Parliament just now that she had sought and received his resignation.
There’s a great text message doing the rounds in Labor circles this afternoon which reads as follows. “This behaviour is not the stand I expect of a minister,” Ms Keneally said. Why??!!
Aside from inviting an unsavoury reworking of former Premier Morris Iemma’s inspired 2007 slogan “More to do but heading in the right direction”, McLeay’s departure suggests that it really is the last days of Rome on Macquarie Street, and probably confirms that there is no way this government can be saved ahead of the poll next May.
Almost exactly a year ago, we ran this piece on The Punch predicting the remaining 521 days of the NSW Government. It was intended as a joke but in hindsight maybe we should have toughened it up a bit.
As for slogans for 2011, the one platform Kristina Keneally can credibly run on is pity. “You think you’ve got problems” could make a handy catchcry for the deeply besieged premier. If you can think of any others, let it rip here.
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