There is a Jewish proverb which says “slander slays three people: the spoken by, the spoken to and the spoken of.”
The media couldn’t help themselves drum up some faux outrage over Tony Abbott’s words on the passing of former PM Bob Hawke.
If Abbott had said nothing he’d be lambasted. If he had crafted the most wonderful prosaic portrait of Hawke with the pen strokes of Jane Austen he would still be hung out to dry. He can’t win. It is more telling of disrespect to Hawke to find any excuse to attack Abbott.
Abbott’s comments were absolutely fine. He openly praised Hawke as one of the best leaders of our time. It says more about those with Abbott Derangement Syndrome to find fault in everything he does.
We get many hate the man. Not even working as a life saver and a volunteer fire fighter cuts him any slack. Scott Morrison should have ignored press calls to have a go at Abbott for his ‘partisan’ words.
Why not take to task Bronwyn Bishop, who on Sky News talked of Hawke’s sometimes inebriated state, womanizing and philandering?
Bob Hawke was simply a wonderful PM who reached across party lines to modernize Australia. A shame the press had to find fault in everything. As a former PM himself, Abbott reserves the rise to express his feelings in his own way without sanction from the PMO.