The goings on in the nightclubs of Canberra seem to have been something of a feature of Mark Latham’s upcoming diaries.
Crikey had these brief words about it yesterday:
In around a week we will forget the stories of what happens in Canberra’s nightclubs when politicians and the media drink together, and we’ll start to ponder what, if anything, can be taken seriously from Latham’s claims about Labor and Australian politics.
Latham’s suggestion of party-wide plebiscites to pre-select MPs, and even to determine party policy, has merit. The tragedy is that it might get lost in the stories of who did what to whom at the Holy Grail.
Lateline had this from the man himself last night:
my mate Joel Fitzgibbons said “Come down to the pub there in Green Square, Kingston. “Have a beer.” “It’s Tuesday night, there’s no-one around. “Come for a chat.” I thought, “I’ll go for a mineral water and have one “and head home and say hello to my mate “and see who else was around.” And Kate Ellis was on the table, sitting at the table, the newly elected Member for Adelaide and I had my drink. Gillard was coming out of a separate function, said a few words to her, got in my car and came home. A few days later – that was on the Tuesday – on the Thursday, parliament was winding down for the week and someone came up and said, “Well, you should know about this rumour, mate, “that’s circulating through the back bench, “that Gillard had to been sent down to Green Square the other night “to haul you off Kate Ellis.”
Google News has more.
My own review of the Grail is up here.
So will this national crutiny be good for business? Or make it passe, with the cool cats moving down the road to Das Kapital?