Bombing Dom

AS Quadrant Online editor Roger Franklin notes today, Dominic Perrottet is the media’s favourite new Catholic hate figure. He is, in a sense, as much the successor to Cardinal Pell as he reportedly soon will be to Gladys Berejiklian. To journalists, almost as horrifying as the orthodox Catholicism 39 year-old Perrottet shares with, say, Jacob Rees-Mogg, is that he and wife Helen – like the Right Honourable Tory – have six children. Of all the bottled-up Australian hypocrisies that have leaked through perished seals over the past two years, none is more peculiar than ocker hypochondriacs hectoring the fecund. How dare a man and his wife be so rudely alive.

The process of ICAC is lauded by people who want greater power for minority groups against the wishes of the majority. That’s how I see it. This is not [a] righteous process – it’s a little bit like the Spanish Inquisition.”

Mr Joyce, by contrast, will never be adorned by the press with the bullseye of Pell’s red galero. Not because the Catholic Deputy Prime Minister’s voting record isn’t leavened with moral theology – of a kind, it’s worth remembering, indistinguishable from media darling Paul Keating’s. Nor because his rambling bumpkinese – a dialect in the Bjelke-Petersen family of languages – makes elites feel safe in their superiority. The reason he isn’t targeted is that the zealots of relativism believe sexual impropriety absolves a Catholic of his Catholicism. They give him a break because they think he’s too broken to ever be a Catholic again. Sometimes this passive-aggressive condescension works to silence a man but I doubt Barnaby will ever be cowed.

My only advice to him would be to avoid historical analogies. Contrary to the now debunked Black Legend, the Spanish Inquisition was the most advanced, humane, disciplined and evidence-based juridical system of its time. Common criminals begged to have their charges brought before it. All contexts being equal, the Inquisition was more impressive than ICAC. No intelligent citizen would take his chances in the latter tribunal.

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9 Responses to Bombing Dom

  1. Not Trampis says:

    yep. Tell that to those innocents Eddie Obeid and Ian McDonald.
    just remembering neither of the three premiers had to resign. Nifty would not have.
    He would have gone to the court of appeals and then been reinstated when they ruled in hiss favour unlike Greiner
    He certainly would not have stated at a press conference immediately after being cross examined he would resign if any evidence was produced. ICAC of course did not produce the evidences but a witness.
    And he would have only stood aside if he knew there was no evidence against him.

  2. Shy Ted says:

    He could always come out swinging. Do the things that need to be done. The things decades of leaders haven’t done. Chance? 0.

  3. Galgani says:

    Good post.
    Would you have a book recommendation for the Spanish Inquisition ? Where to look for the truth about it.

  4. Not Trampis says:

    ICAC is not a court. It looks for corruption. Where they find it they then send a recommendation to the DPP who then decides to either prosecute or not.
    common criminals could not have begged. the SI only examined ‘Christians’.

  5. Isumbras says:

    ‘The Spanish Inquisition’ by Henry Kamen is highly regarded. Several years since I read it but from memory he had access to all the archives and trial records. C.L. is spot on.

  6. Mother Lode says:

    I had heard that the Inquisition was a beacon of enlightened process and that people would deliberately transgress religious propriety in order to have their cases transferred to it. But my impression was that the Spanish Inquisition was a rather more political and profane, and more in service to the Kings of Spain.

    Learn something new.

  7. JC says:

    ICAC is not a court. It looks for corruption.

    It always accuses but never seems to find any in Liberal Premiers. It should be incinerated and you need to grow a brain.

  8. Not Trampis says:

    you show how lazy you are in that very statement.

    It did in Greiner but the Court of Appeal ruled they were wrong. O’Farrell merely mouthed off at a press conference and then had to resign because of that when a witness showed he was wrong.
    As for our gladys she could have easily simply stood aside. no-one has accused her of anything as yet although she has unquestionably broken the ICAC act as Andrew Clrnnell has shown.

    not hard to find any of that

  9. Entropy says:

    Was ICAC instrumental in initiating Obeid and MacDonald cases or where they bandwagoning?

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