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CROSBY - IT’S AUSTRALIAN FOR ROVE

Cheryl Kernot exposes the insidious evil of former Liberal Party operative Lynton Crosby, now destroying British democracy:

In 2001 I was seeking re-election to an outer Brisbane seat as a Labor candidate, having won this second most marginal constituency in [Australia] by 176 votes in 1998. In both campaigns I experienced first-hand the “under the radar” Crosby tactics.

Kernot prefers to keep her tactics under the covers.

While the Westminster village has been preoccupied with the big picture of national issues, Crosby will have been orchestrating campaigns of personal attacks and innuendo in marginal constituencies: that the Labour sitting member is not a local, that they are more interested in seeking a place on the frontbench, that they are soft on crime/immigration/abortion.

What if they are soft on crime/immigration/abortion?

And in the background of the national campaign Crosby will have been conducting a war of attrition against the public broadcaster, claiming bias and unbalanced coverage.

Think he’ll be able to prove anything?

An Australian newspaper freedom of information request revealed that, during the 2001 campaign, 75 per cent of all complaints from all political parties to the public broadcaster, the ABC, had come from Crosby. BBC take note. And constituents, even those with unlisted numbers, should prepare themselves for automated message calls from Michael Howard. Ask him where he got your number.

Good luck getting answers from an automated message.

Having improved my vote by 6 per cent prior to the focus on asylum-seekers, I still lost my seat in 2001, but thanks to my Scottish grandparents I’ve been fortunate to have lived and worked in the UK for two years now.

Is Kernot suggesting that she was expelled from Australia? If so ... yay us.

Crosby’s tactics represent a truly serious threat to the civility and robustness of British democracy and the way most politics is conducted in this country. It may be all downwards from here on. A “colonial” legacy of the worst kind.

Please never come back.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/28/2005 at 12:16 PM
  1. Oh my God she’s STILL WHINING!

    Someone put a bag over her head, please.

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 04 28 at 02:29 PM • permalink

  2. Plastic, preferably.  ;-p

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2005 04 28 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  3. Terrible behavior - fancy the campaign director focusing on marginal seats, and then coming in “under the radar” by telling her constituents the truth about her.  Who would have thought it possible.

    And apparently her “vote” improved by 6%, even though she was demolished by a swing of 7.34% against her (6% TPP).  I think she means to say “polling”, before Crosby arranged the illegals & the Tampa to meet up.

    The fact that she rose to such prominence is an indictment of our political system.

    Posted by Waste on 2005 04 28 at 04:18 PM • permalink

  4. What did Gareth say? pretty in pink, or was it in the pink?

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 04 28 at 05:14 PM • permalink

  5. She should thank Crosby for giving her the opportunity to remedy her long-running bout of attention deprivation.

    Posted by slatts on 2005 04 28 at 09:33 PM • permalink

  6. Cheryl was parachuted in from outside Dixon.
    Cheryl was more interested in a Front Bench position than representing the people of Dixon.

    The nasty conservatives are attacking us by telling the truth. Oh the humanity!

    Posted by jpaulg on 2005 04 28 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  7. It’s nice having Cheryl in the UK. Sort of like not being pestered by a whining mosquito.

    Posted by munchman on 2005 04 28 at 11:00 PM • permalink

  8. Left wing politics 101: When you lose your seat because you are a whining, vapid opportunist who didn’t even live in the area, make sure you blame an evil right wing mastermind for brainwashing voters into voting for someone they didn’t want.

    Glad to see we’re exporting our whingers to the UK these days ;)

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 04 28 at 11:53 PM • permalink

  9. My only thought when I read that in the Australian was:
    ” She’s on the opposite side of the earth.  Thank goodness for that!  Hope she doesn’t come back”

    Didn’t worry about the bile in the article, I knew it would be self serving no matter what it was.
    I have often thought that until Mark Latham came along, nobody could beat poor Cheryl in the “It’s somebody else’s fault. Waa Waaa”

    Posted by entropy on 2005 04 29 at 12:15 AM • permalink

  10. Maybe she’s seen Latham and trying to retake her crown?

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 04 29 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  11. i still remember that election day booth wrap with gareth dancing away the recession we had to have, and that red dress of cheryl’s - what a lovely couple of hypocritical bastards they were

    Posted by KK on 2005 04 29 at 04:32 AM • permalink

  12. ...but thanks to my Scottish grandparents I’ve been fortunate to have lived and worked in the UK for two years now.

    In other words, she was unemployable as anything but a politician back in Australia?

    Posted by PW on 2005 04 29 at 04:53 AM • permalink

  13. That woman disgusts me.  Back in the 70s she was a married woman and a teacher at a prestigious Catholic high school.  Then in 1975, aged 27, she turns up in Brisbane living with a teenaged boy, a former student, who was captain of that school the year before. 

    See http://members.iinet.net.au/~jenks/kernot.html where you’ll find a copy of an article on the subject, and much more, by Paul McGeough (which is a bit of a worry, but maybe he was more reasonable back in 1997).

    And then, years later, while married to another fellow, she had an affair with Noddy Evans.  No class.

    Posted by Janice on 2005 04 29 at 06:23 AM • permalink

  14. Aah Cheryl, wherefore art thou now? What does it profit you to own the world and lose your own soul?

    Wasn’t she around in Shakespeare’s time?

    Posted by allan on 2005 04 29 at 06:28 AM • permalink

  15. Gosh, Ms. Lane… has anyone ever seen Karl Rove and Crosby together… ?

    Rove and Crosby — Worst. Comedy. Team.  Ever.  “We’re off on the road to perdition…”

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 04 29 at 10:01 AM • permalink

  16. Maybe Crosby IS Rove, here in disguise to bring down the Australian left.

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 04 29 at 10:17 AM • permalink

  17. We are all in Shakespeare, somewhere.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 04 30 at 05:05 AM • permalink

  18. It’s like the old mystery of whether The Shadow was really Lamont Cranston or Kent Allard…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 04 30 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  19. Oh what the hell.  His name is legion.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 04 30 at 06:32 PM • permalink

  20. Just so you non-Australians know, Cheryl Kernot had an affair with Gareth Evans. Kernot was leader of the Australian Democrats, a much-hyped “third force” in Australian politics, and Evans was deputy leader of the Labor Party (doomed to long-term opposition). Evans engineered Kernot’s defection from the Democrats to labor, but unfortunately didn’t tell his party leader about his, err, other interests. Read all about it.

    Posted by steve68 on 2005 04 30 at 11:24 PM • permalink

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