The Palaver Synod

FOR reasons that were esoteric even at the time, in January 897 the corpse of Pope Formosus – who died seven months earlier – was exhumed and put on trial in the Basilica of St John Lateran by Pope Stephen VI. Formosus was dressed in the robes of pontifical office and seated on a throne during questioning. He didn’t have much to say. Even in the A.C.T. (‘If at first you don’t succeed…’) this might be viewed as overzealous. Jean-Paul Laurens’ painting, Le Pape Formose et Étienne VI (1870), is accurate in every chronicled particular. The so-called Cadaver Synod had nothing to do with the faith of Formosus and everything to do with revenge, power and the jockeying factions of both peninsula and imperial politics. There were, however, sufficient ambiguities about the legality of the former pope’s appointments and motives to blacken his name. Formosus was found guilty and his body thrown in the Tiber. Unhappily for Stephen, however, it washed ashore. Recovered and honoured by outraged Romans, Formosus’ remains were re-interred in St Peter’s Basilica. His innocence was solemnly decreed and has been accepted ever since.

The Albanese government’s decision to officially censure Scott Morrison today in Parliament is one of the most disgraceful, spiteful and gratuitous vendettas in Canberra’s brief history. Whenever a newly elected premier uses the rubrics of the state to take revenge on a predecessor and demoralise his party, it always marks the advent of at least the mentality of a balmy caudillo. While the Prime Minister is young enough to be considered avuncular rather than antediluvian, his obsession with calumniating Mr Morrison is like the Jan Sixer fanaticism of Joe Biden.

Then there is the risible hypocrisy: by misusing his authority to condemn a legally innocent man, the puffed-up incumbent more seriously undermines democracy and the prestige of his office than ScoMo the polymath ever did. John Howard could have made hay endlessly about Bob Hawke and Paul Keating surreptitiously horsetrading the foremost portfolio of all via the Kirribilli Agreement but he didn’t. For all of his faults, Howard wasn’t a moaner play-acting a grimacing mensch by day and dad-dancing to Midnight Oil by night. Scott Morrison took on added hypothetical burdens to serve the country. On the capital’s lengthy rap-sheet of dereliction, it was no more than a boo-boo. Stephen – Formosus’ hubristic accuser – was strangled, by the way.

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30 Responses to The Palaver Synod

  1. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Superbly written C.L. As always, you’ve said it best.

    I shed no tears for Morrison, but this is spiteful, Labor is taking a leaf out of the current Biden’s administration pursuit of Trump. They think they can target Morrison as a diversionary tactic. Not sure how long it will work for Labor.

    But there’s a lesson here for the Liberals, not that they’ll learn anything. Perhaps it’s time they started to play ruthless politics, next time a Labor MP or luminary is accused of rape, as what happened in 2014, perhaps they won’t remain so quiet or timid about it. Since the kitchen knives are out, maybe it’s time to start throwing them? Perhaps it’s time that the Liberals engaged in some basic politics, since Sleazy and his mob are now lecturing us about civility and the tone of political debate, perhaps it’s time that the Liberals start to focus on some of Sleazy’s unpleasant connections, be it to the CFMEU or Jew haters like Jeremy Corbyn.

    Don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath.

  2. Petros says:

    It does seem like a pathetic apeing of US politics with their Trump derangement syndrome. Trouble is that Morrison was nothing like Trump and is hardly likely to make become PM again. He is yet another dud in a long line of them. Maybe Albanese will make the Libs stronger by doing this, or that could just be me fantasising.

  3. calli says:

    Morrison turned out to be not much of a PM, the shamdemic being a test which he failed.

    His replacement turns out to be not much of a man.

  4. NFA says:

    Nah… farq him and the filth that accuse him.

    This is all done to obscure the reality that “the emergency” is still in place and we Australians are ruled by a cabal of chyna weffers.

    Elections!

    Don’t make me laugh.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I suspect ScoMo appointed himself to all those ministries because of the pandemic response guidelines and advice from the CMO and the AHPPC. Of course they are lefties so I won’t hold my breath waiting for them to fess up.

  6. Entropy says:

    Bruce, pretty sure it was Morrison’s idea to address a risk that was identified: that the couf would threaten the ability of government to function.

    That it was a ridiculously averse risk assessment is neither here nor there. Morrison was an excessively centralising PM, whether it be state government functions or even within his Cabinet, so this is just natural behaviour. Given his Cabinet experience with the underminers and leakers in the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, it would be pretty easy not to trust your Cabinet. So it was natural for him to centralise authority.

    Personally as first Minister I am surprised he thought he needed to. I thought he would have been able to sign off on stuff anyway as PM.

    At the end of the day though, CL’s historical allegory is one for the ages.

  7. Entropy says:

    He should send it to Henry Ergas for this week’s column.

  8. Franx says:

    Morrison was that most disgraceful enhancer of the psychodemic when Victorians in particular were abandoned to the persecution of the state and its thugs, experts all. But Albanese stalking a worthless character makes himself one also. As for Corbyn – repetitively calling him a Jew hater does not make him one. Indeed it was Goebbel’s propaganda tactic of repeating-repeating falsehoods which led to illusions that Corbyn was an antisemite. Problem solved. A reputation destroyed. No need to engage in political discourse. Ergo the safe Starmer, a known and owned quantity.

  9. Tel says:

    … because of the pandemic response guidelines and advice from the CMO and the AHPPC …

    You might be right, but it brings up the whole problem that the country was run by a “National Cabinet” and normal Parliment was essentially curtailed … we really have no idea who was giving advice, or where these things were coming from. ScoMo acting in secret was part and parcel with the whole lot of them running around and ruling by decree.

    There’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan, but the whole idea of parliamentary democracy is the plan gets put on the table and debated, the process is open, and then you follow the plan.

    Thing is we did all that and we had a plan in 2019 which then did not get followed when everything went over to sectetive ad-hoc NFI mode. I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for ScoMo … he was a marketting guy who rose above his level of competence and should have played it very straight once he realized how serious things were getting. He conspired with the states to push the unwanted and ultimately ineffective jab into people … and then the ratbag gave a speech declaring the high uptake was voluntary … unforgivable!

  10. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Somebody mentioned on the Cat that a pandemic plan was quietly developed and adopted by Canberra and the States. In around 2009 or so, I vaguely recall. I think what happened is the AHPPC dusted it off them told ScoMo what it said. Of course the pandemic plan was developed for a Black Death scenario not for a something not much worse than normal flu. But ScoMo, like Trump, had to take the medical fascists at their word, since no one then knew that they were far-left nutters. We do now. The CDC is totally politicized and far-left, so it’s dead cert that AHPPC is also. (Fauci is still going on and on like Chicken Little – see this one today.)

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “As for Corbyn – repetitively calling him a Jew hater does not make him one. “

    Here’s a fact….

    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater
    Corbyn is a Jew hater

    Is that repetitive enough for you Franxy?

  12. NFA says:

    Here is another fact…

    Corbyn is an arz licker and hates Jews.

  13. Franx says:

    True, CL; the Laurens is indeed an accurate chronicling, down to the red slippers. Gorgeous. Truthful renderings matter in both art and life.

  14. Dr Faustus says:

    Personally I see this piece of Kanberra Kabuki as cheap political shot taking, rather than any serious action.

    As so beautifully analogised, Morrison is as politically dead as Formosus. So this is pure retail politics writ large; all about using parliamentary process to disrupt the opposition.

    Does Team Dutton vote against and support the unsupportable?
    Do they condemn the damnable and thus give Abronese a forever shitty stick to beat the last government?

    Hopefully Dutton has the smarts to organise a mass abstention.

    Albanese has no talent other than gesture politics: I look forward to his eventual political strangulation.

  15. NFA says:

    Should not all Australian politicians be dosed with lithium?

  16. Lee says:

    The left, in its arrogance and hubris thinks that a precedence like this won’t come back to bite them.
    It can and should.

    I couldn’t believe it the other day when Bolt said something to the effect that Albanese is a “nice” man.
    He is not; he is hypocritical, nasty, partisan, and vindictive.

  17. NFA says:

    he is hypocritical, nasty, partisan, and vindictive.

    And that is on his good day’s.

    They are all mental misfits that need daily medication.

  18. Dr Faustus says:

    Shorter Bridget Archer:

    And it might be a shock to some who sit here from all sides, but this is not a game.

    There are things that sit above the cut and thrust of politics and the essential motion goes to our system of democracy.

    It would be remiss of me not to mention that for me this issue also sits at the heart of the ability of our party to move forward.

    […]
    In closing, I just say this. I am a Liberal. I believe in Liberal values. And our statement of values says this: we believe in the rule of law. Under it there is freedom for the nation and for all men and women. Democracy depends upon self-discipline, obedience to the law, and the honest administration of the law. And it is for this reason, I’m obligated to support this motion.

    I wonder if she’s thinking about the National Cabinet and all the many other outgrowths of “our system of democracy” and “the rule of law” over the past few years.
    Probably not.

  19. NFA says:

    Dr Faustus says:
    30 November, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Shorter Bridget Archer

    Dr F

    She is a Ravenswood person from Launceston, Tasmania.

    She is more green than The Greens!

  20. NFA says:

    I am a Liberal. I believe in Liberal values. And our statement of values says this: we believe in the rule of law. Under it there is freedom for the nation and for all men and women. Democracy depends upon self-discipline, obedience to the law, and the honest administration of the law.

    Democracy is mob rule.

  21. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “In closing, I just say this. I am a Liberal. I believe in Liberal values.”

    I just say this….Menzies’ Liberals once believed in religious freedom. But not Ms Archer, she along with the unlamented dripping wet Liberals (cough)…..aka Sharma, Zimmerman and Allen, crossed the floor to vote against religious freedom.

    Ms Archer is a hypocrite.

  22. NFA says:

    Ms Archer is a hypocrite.

    and an example of dog excrement.

  23. Gab says:

    LOL at Morrison who thinks that appeasement to the Left will leave him unharmed.

  24. Fat Tony says:

    NFA says:
    30 November, 2022 at 9:59 am
    Should not all Australian politicians be dosed with lithium?

    Polonium would be better…

    Democracy is mob rule.

    Probably preferable to the elite/cabal rule we have now.

  25. Chris M says:

    Slomo is such a dog no-one much cares, other than this writer perhaps.

  26. C.L. says:

    But there’s a lesson here for the Liberals, not that they’ll learn anything. Perhaps it’s time they started to play ruthless politics…

    Well, I just watched PML and Murray’s interview with Dutton.

    Will probably be the last time I tune in to Murray. I’m tired of his civilised surrender approach to everything that really matters. Move on from net zero, it’s a done deal. Drag queens on Play School – move on; it’s not that bad. Climate change is real but… Etc.

    As for Dutton, he clearly intends to fashion a suite of policies based solely on where the polls tell him to go. His “details” cop-out re the Voice and attempt to substitute nuclear advocacy for abandonment of the climate hoax augur badly for the future of the LNP.

    The left, in its arrogance and hubris thinks that a precedence like this won’t come back to bite them.

    The Sky consensus led by Bolt today was that it may have been overreach but the LNP only have themselves to blame because of the pink batts royal commission they instituted. Yes, Bolt compared a scheme that killed four and razed hundreds of houses with ScoMoGate.

    Albanese has no talent other than gesture politics…

    He never did anything noteworthy at a ministerial level – in fact, he never really ruled the roost in a top portfolio in 25 years in Canberra. What he seems to excel at is nasty gaslighting of enemies.

    Democracy is mob rule.

    More so now than ever.

  27. C.L. says:

    … he was a marketting guy who rose above his level of competence and should have played it very straight once he realized how serious things were getting. He conspired with the states to push the unwanted and ultimately ineffective jab into people … and then the ratbag gave a speech declaring the high uptake was voluntary … unforgivable!

    Yep. And had he taken the harder road, he could have been this country’s DeSantis. Would that have delivered him victory at the polls? Possibly – it certainly would have created a massive brawl and that would have motivated many thousands of voters. Even if he still lost, though, by now he’d be as vindicated as Sweden. He took the easy road.

  28. Franx says:

    Before the cock crows – and regarding the effects of propaganda in the form of repetition, a tactic favoured of Goebbels:
    The repetition as posted,
    Q.E.D.,
    Also QED in that there has been at least one poster sufficiently influenced to agree with the repeatedly unsubstantiated claim that Corbyn is a Jew hater.
    Maybe Corbyn is a Jew hater. But merely saying so does not make him one. And, in fact, Corbyn has not said he hates anyone.
    On the other hand, and here to turn the other cheek only for purposes of altering perspectives: That Corbyn was a Jew hater is said by the same person who had stated that, having themselves taken the covid injection – for the sake of aiding the economy – they loathed antivaxxers. All in a manifesto. Demonise the antivaxxers who are harming the economy. An old story. Very old.
    But perhaps the above is unfair because the expression of loathing was not meant to be definitive of the person using that expression. But a glass house scenario, nevertheless.

  29. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Firstly, well ….well….well, have a Corbyn apologist here. What next, an apologia for Louis Farrakhan?

    Secondly, as for this sludge…

    That Corbyn was a Jew hater is said by the same person who had stated that, having themselves taken the covid injection – for the sake of aiding the economy – they loathed antivaxxers. “

    Not once have I ever stated that I loathed anti-vaxxers.

    Finally, you need serious help Franxy.

  30. Franx says:

    That might be thirdly rather than finally for likely there is more to come in the series of repetitive and abusively-expressed opinion.

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