Journalist, author , commentator David Marr is in deep trouble with the Catholic hierarchy in Holt Street for genuflecting without a licence while attempting to yet again verbally throttle right winger Gerard Henderson on ABC television's superb Insiders, screened early each sabbath for stay at home sinners.
Whenever Marr and Henderson meet on the Insiders it is always first class entertainment. Unfortunately, the ABC has failed to cash in on their fireworks by not promoting their every upcoming appearance on prime time all week , which would result in astronomical ratings.
You just turn on the TV set after a hard Saturday night and rejoice at the fact that Hendo and Marr are on the panel commenting on politics , followed by Mike Bowers of The Guardian and his Talking Pictures.
In their most recent clash , both antagonists confessed they had been brought up in Catholic schools and were probably belted over the knuckles for arguing the toss or smoking behind the bike shed. Marr , annoyed with Gerard, in despair , was heard mutter, surely not, Jesus!, on the national broadcaster.
Mind you, former Howard minister, Amanda Vanstone, who spent some time in the Vatican , has been using some fruity language on the ABC, saying some bloke may have been shagging about and the new Liberal premier of South Australia , call for a coal -fired battery Steven Marshall , has balls of steel .
Back to the gripping latest Insiders. Marr became so hot under the collar his glasses steamed up . At one stage he was either giving somebody the two fingered salute , genuflecting or performing an exorcism live with the aid of a left over democracy sausage which had received a fair shake of the holy sauce bottle .
Happy Gerard in what appears to be Christian Brothers' clobber.
Henderson is of the Sydney Institute, members of which are rumoured to perform secret handshakes and wear budgie smugglers down which are stuffed cakes of camphor to keep out moths. He regularly writes pieces attacking the ABC for the Weekend Australian , one of the vast number of Murdoch publications in need of the laying on of many new hands to resurrect them into real papers you want to read, instead of look alikes spruiking for the Coalition .