It’s been 14 years of silence, 14 years of pain for Pete
How about this? It’s from 1995:
A lesser-known Guns ‘N’ Roses song called 14 Years is a particularly apt theme for Costello’s day. Below is some video to listen to while browsing the post:
I try and feel the sunshine
You bring the rain
You try and hold me down
With your complaints…
... You know, I’ve been the beggar…
I’ve played the thief
I was the dog…they all tried to beat
But it’s been 14 years of silence
It’s been 14 years of pain
It’s been 14 years that are gone forever
And I’ll never have again.
After Peter Costello resigned it’s worth re-living some of his highs and lows as featured on the front pages of newspapers. You can share your favourite memories of him here - and we’ll take requests on this post for any particular front pages you want reprinted.
This, from July 2006, also deserves a special place in the sun. The rest are below the fold.
How “Walletgate” was reported in full on the day:
Leadership tensions had spilled into a public spat over previous months. The Daily Telegraph published this on December 7, 2005:
The following day Costello publicly said he wasn’t going to try and knife Howard. Knowing now about Walletgate he must have been saying this through gritted teeth:
This is from The Australian in 1994. (Aside: The intro to this piece read: OPPOSITION leader John Hewson has pulled off a remarkable double over the past week: he has probably sealed his own fate by a series of political misjudgements but also set off a chain reaction that has all but destroyed a contender for his job - John Howard. )
Costello, a republican, talking on the loudhailer to his party in May 1993:
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