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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Time was when Mark Latham could impress the Sydney Morning Herald’s Mike Seccombe by literally doing nothing:
Through the whole of question time, Latham sat impassively, not interjecting as the Government punched away to no end, just smiling a little at John Howard.
As if to say Is that the best you can do – old man?
But now Seccombe seems vaguely annoyed at Latham’s impassive failure to interject:
Joel Fitzgibbon, once Latham’s best man, and last week his sort-of spokesman, denied recent contact with his old mate. So, too, Simon Crean, another member of Latham’s much reduced support base, who said he was respecting his leader’s request for time out to continue recuperating from his most recent bout of pancreatitis.
Even Mr Latham’s office staff had nothing new to offer. They hadn’t heard anything recently. No indications the leader planned to depart from his stubborn insistence that he would continue resting, incommunicado, until his return on Australia Day, nine days hence.
As the old saying goes: “Once you’ve lost Seccombe, you’ve lost possibly 0.02% of the voting public … within that tiny demographic who bother to read Seccombe.” Latest rumours are that Latham has suffered a nervous breakdown, which would be terrible if true; the agony of pancreatitis would be as nothing compared to the howling misery of a breakdown.