Drastic action required to remove barnacles and boofheads from the body politic ?
In the reign of Prime Minister Jolly John Gorton, during which it was claimed somebody chundered in the swimming pool at The Lodge in Canberra, his Principal Private Secretary was the highly efficient Ainsley Gotto, railed against by some members of the Conservatives. She was too close to the PM , wielded too much power , they complained . When former Minister for Air, Dudley Erwin, was dropped in a cabinet reshuffle, he explained his removal thus...."It wiggles, its shapely and its name is Ainsley Gotto ." This clearly indicated there was a strong streak of misogyny in the fractious Coalition at the time .
Sheilas with brains running the nation - what next!!! They should be at home emulating Queen Victoria, making sure not to entertain sly Mr Brown, the man who delivers the farm fresh lactose to the doorstep.
Knowing more than what the butler saw and heard in Canberra, journalist Pete Steedman , editor of the then new publication Broadside , in 1969 launched the raunchy comic strip, Fabula , drawn by Gerald Carr. The said skimpily clad Fabula wielded a whip and ran the office of a leader in a great southern land in which there were many sheep that Asians and others wanted to snaffle . Fabula even confronted Tricky Dicky in a country which was a great and powerful ally . Thinly disguised leading politicians appeared in the strip. Not long after it was launched out came the bitching about poor Ainsley Gotto . Gotto went on to carve out a successful career in international business. She married a lawyer and in 2008 returned to parliament as chief of staff to Shadow Finance Minister, Senator Helen Coonan. Coincidently, Coonan's former chief of staff had been one Peta Credlin .
Now the same situation has surfaced over the performance of Tony Abbott’s head of the Prime Minister’s Office , Peta Credlin. If any bunch of politicians needs whipping by a Madam Lash type it is surely the present bumbling Coalition . Speaker Bronwyn Bishop is doing her bit on the rowdy Opposition. Going on the squeaky voices of some anxious born to rule types , Ms. Purick's painful green round rubber ring is also being applied.
Pete Steedman , still unpacking boxes of books and files after moving from his bushy retreat to suburbia , has made some typically pungent comments about Fabula and the situation in which Peta is placed. He firmly believes the time is ripe for a modern day Fabula comic strip. Any takers out there in media land ?