SHROUD OF LATHAM

Ex-Labor leader Mark Latham faces court in March:

It is alleged Mr Latham snatched a camera from a news photographer outside a Campbelltown food outlet on January 19, and tried to hit the photographer when he demanded the return of his camera.

“When the photographer demanded his camera back, the man allegedly tried to hit him before leaving in his car with his children,” police said in the statement.

Of this much we knew. However:

A bizarre footnote to the charging of Mr Latham was the appearance in the driveway of his home of a mask of a bearded man atop a white sheet. The apparent effigy was taken down on Monday afternoon.

Latham had a Jesus effigy in his driveway?

UPDATE. The weird Latham yard ghoul looks more like Ayatollah Khomenei.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/06/2006 at 01:14 PM
    1. Oh, it must have been an effigy of Jesus. If it had been an effigy of, er, another well-known religious personage, Latham’s house would be a smoking ruin, by now.

      By the by, what would be the penalty in Australia for erecting half a dozen flagpoles in the front yard of Antoine Lowenstein and hoisting some Danish flags? Just curious . . .

      Posted by paco on 2006 02 06 at 01:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Perhaps Latham was sending a message for help to this person of great power.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 02 06 at 04:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Latham was Jesus, before he was taken down.

      Posted by JAFA on 2006 02 06 at 04:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Why persecutest thou me?, saith Latham. I am but a lowly carpenter. Dost thou not know that every man needeth a Shed, and so I have been busy with my hammer within it?

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 06 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. The image I saw on the news looked a lot more like Ayatollah Khamani than Jesus…

      Posted by Pigman on 2006 02 06 at 06:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dear ALP voters, YOU wanted this man to lead Australia. YOU were hoping that Latham would have full control of our foreign policies, defence strategies, economic conditions.

      Un-freaking-believable.

      Posted by CB on 2006 02 06 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. This man could have been incharge of the whole country. *shudder*

      Posted by Ahriman on 2006 02 06 at 06:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Latham had a Jesus effigy in his driveway?”

      Nope, it was a Danish cartoon that the “Bulletin” did not have the courage to publish.

      Posted by tmciolek on 2006 02 06 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Some people tenderize octopuses by tossing them on the driveway (wrapped in plastic) and driving the car over them a few times.

      Maybe it was something like that? Maybe latham wanted to eat the effigy? It might smell like food to him.

      Or maybe he was roaring, growling, pawing the earth, and charging the effigy, butting it with his head. Was the effigy holding a red cape? Might it have been annointed with the urine of one of the latham’s natural enemies in the wild? As I recall, lathams are very nearsighted and highly aggressive beasts. Has Steve Irwin been sighted in the neighborhood?

      Posted by Professor Froward on 2006 02 06 at 06:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim,

      The Blog of Freedom has much light to shed on this vitally important issue.

      The effigy – quite possibly constructed in Marky Mark’s World Famous Toolshed – appears to be a likeness of either an Angry Ayatollah or left-wing Senator Kim Carr. (There being little difference for all practical purposes)

      I hope this clarifies things.

      Posted by Andrew Landeryou on 2006 02 06 at 07:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. I commend #8 for their courage, whoever they are.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 02 06 at 07:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 Barrie – I needed to take a trip to the dunny after reading that one…

      Posted by murph on 2006 02 06 at 07:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe Mr. Latham has been constructing scarecrows for his garden?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 06 at 07:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. We didn’t just dodge a bullet in the last election. We avoided putting an absolute nutcase in the country’s top job.

      The sad thing is if he continues this meltdown the next time the police are involved with him it might be in tragic circumstances. I feel sorry for his wife and kids – this guy needs serious help immediately.

      Posted by rbresca on 2006 02 06 at 07:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. I originally thought his boys must have done it as a prank. But after seeing the photo I dont think the’re that tall. I really think he should move house.

      C B L

      Posted by Christian Bin Laden on 2006 02 06 at 07:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Posters are too quick to write Latham off.

      Alan Ramsey foresaw that Latham’s time would come (“Believe it”), and if memory serves, Kerry (the hardest working journo in showbiz) O’Brien saw the rise of Latham as the main feature of the last election.

      Can both these political experts be wrong? I doubt it.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 02 06 at 07:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. enough Latham already.

      Posted by Jonny on 2006 02 06 at 07:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. And it does look like the Ayatollah

      Posted by Christian Bin Laden on 2006 02 06 at 08:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ramsey and Red Kerry would be lucky to get their own names right on 2 out of 3 occasions. And even then, it wouldn’t be in a row.

      Latham was election poison from the very day he was elected to the leadership. Bob Carr’s comments alluding to the point that it would be an ‘interesting’ 9 months to the election were far more prophetic than even the ALP realised. A fool and braggard, prone to fits of delusion and illusions of grandeur. The man is an idiot.

      Posted by CB on 2006 02 06 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr Latham….  “Your Honour it was not my fault, it was the food additives I consumed that made me do it”

      Posted by jackx on 2006 02 06 at 08:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. The clearly diabolical Professor Froward 9

      Some people tenderize octopuses by tossing them on the driveway (wrapped in plastic) and driving the car over them a few times.

      Um?  If the octopuses are that tough, couldn’t they, like, do a better job of selecting them, at the octopus market?

      Or maybe he was roaring, growling, pawing the earth, and charging the effigy, butting it with his head. Was the effigy holding a red cape? Might it have been annointed with the urine of one of the latham’s natural enemies in the wild? As I recall, lathams are very nearsighted and highly aggressive beasts. Has Steve Irwin been sighted in the neighborhood?

      Or PW, for that matter.  Has anyone inventoried the goat serum supplies lately?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 06 at 08:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Fran Kelly on ABC: Desperately trying to achieve ‘balance’, I guess, asked the Museum lefty Casey about Howard’s view of the history wars:
      ‘Do you see anything *sinister* in the PM’s words’?
      She caught herself, but it was too late.
      Good one, Fran.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 06 at 08:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. It seems incredible that Latham’s ALP colleagues should have worked beside him for years and not realized that he was missing all the raisins in his trail mix.  They elected to leadership and tried to get to be PM somebody they must have known was stark, raving bonkers.  What dos that imply about the leadership of the ALP?

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 02 06 at 10:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Ayatollah Khomenei as a “yard ghoul”.

      Can it get any stranger?

      LOL!

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 02 06 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. It is not the Ayatollah, it is Mahommet himself.

      Has he materialised to help Latham in his hour of need? As Chesterton had him warn the Sultan in “Lepanto”

      “It is he that says not “Kismet,”
      It is he that laughts at Fate!
      “It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey at the gate!”

      Or as James Elroy Flecker had Islam warn the West: “Pale Kings of the Sunset, beware!”

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 02 06 at 10:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well may we say,”there but for the grace of God and the Australian Voters go us”
      We must never forget Latham but he is now a private citizen and should be given the dignity of privacy.
      The Australian press can be bastards.

      Posted by waussie on 2006 02 06 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. I wonder if Latham is saying something to the press – is the effigy an image of Mohammad?

      Posted by Christian Bin Laden on 2006 02 06 at 11:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is the pems of Flecker’s which Latham may be invoking, or may identify with:

      ‘War Song of the Saracens’

      We are they who come faster than fate: we are they who ride early or late:
      We storm at your ivory gate: Pale Kings of the Sunset, beware!
      Not on silk nor in samet we lie, not in curtained solemnity die
      Among women who chatter and cry, and children who mumble a prayer.
      But we sleep by the ropes of the camp, and we rise with a shout, and we tramp
      With the sun or the moon for a lamp, and the spray of the wind in our hair.

      From the lands, where the elephants are, to the forts of Merou and Balghar,
      Our steel we have brought and our star to shine on the ruins of Rum.
      We have marched from the Indus to Spain, and by God we will go there again;
      We have stood on the shore of the plain where the Waters of Destiny boom.
      A mart of destruction we made at Jalula where men were afraid,
      For death was a difficult trade, and the sword was a broker of doom;

      And the Spear was a Desert Physician who cured not a few of ambition,
      And drave not a few to perdition with medicine bitter and strong:
      And the shield was a grief to the fool and as bright as a desolate pool,
      And as straight as the rock of Stamboul when their cavalry thundered along:
      For the coward was drowned with the brave when our battle sheered up like a
      wave,
      And the dead to the desert we gave, and the glory to God in our song.

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 02 07 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dear ALP voters, YOU wanted this man to lead Australia. YOU were hoping that Latham would have full control of our foreign policies, defence strategies, economic conditions.

      Un-freaking-believable.

      I just had to reply to CB especially being a proud ALP voter.  Yes we did want him to be our Leader, maybe he has smoked a few joints over the past few months but who can blame him, id rather have a man who gets roudy at a Hungry Jacks restuarant, which holds no affect on my life, then the dictator already in power.

      And to comment on Latham:

      He is just busting some caps, making the moves, protecting his territory, have you not heard? its the couture of western Sydney.

      Posted by NERD84 on 2006 02 07 at 12:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. Mmmm, Latho’s was more likely invoking the following verse:

      Bugger off or I’ll biff you
      But give me a Whopper with fries first.

      Latham’s privacy was invaded. I only want to see that kind of crap in magazines I buy for that purpose (Who Weekly, Woman’s Day etc), not a newspaper.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 02 07 at 12:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nerd, I know you are having a gag, but that’s classist b/s. Not everybody in western Sydney acts like that and if you don’t believe me I’ll get me fella Chook to kneecap ya.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 02 07 at 12:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nerd84 — what was he smoking when he busted up that cabbie, or wrote his little journals that turned into such a swell book?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 07 at 02:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Ayatollah in the back yard is surely a ploy. Latham knew the press would be snooping around, see it, photograph it and publish the photos. Latham is facing criminal charges. His defence/plea in mitigation will be media harassment, and he can point to this incident as corroboration.

      Posted by hooligan on 2006 02 07 at 07:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. It also implies that they were desperate,didn’t have anyone better so were prepared to jump the shark…

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 07 at 09:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Will hisonner decree it must be community service -not in my backyard Mark..

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 07 at 09:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #23 What dos that imply about the leadership of the ALP?

      Not a lot because first they’d have to have some.  What it implies about the members of the parliamentary Labor party (and Labor party preselectors), however, is that they’re clueless about:
      1) the electorate,
      2) what qualities a leader should have,
      3) how to differentiate between power hungry smooth talkers with a crazy streak and responsible adults with a genuine desire to serve their community, and
      4) reality

      Posted by Janice on 2006 02 07 at 08:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. NERD84: ‘He is just busting some caps, making the moves, protecting his territory’

      That’s the Problem, Nerd84, you are STILL ‘proud’ of that ‘couture/Cultcha’ despite its obvious bankruptcy and brutality.
      Truly, you are a blind man.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 07 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

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