So what has happened to Godwin Grech? The senior Canberra Treasury official with the amazingly gothic [ED – Dickensian surely?] name splashed onto our screens and papers and the central player in the OzCar scandal or Utegate affair or whatever journos in need of a ‘handle’ choose to call it. And a man seriously in need of a good Estimates course he was…
But following the revelation that the email on which Malcolm Turnbull skewered his future as Opposition leader and potential PM was a fake, we saw plenty of footage of Godwin’s home being raided by AFP people and computers being taken away. (Why do police always feel the need to take the monitor as well, I wonder?) But we saw nothing of Godwin himself…
Now the Australian has revealed his whereabouts – he’s in “a psychiatric ward in Canberra” from which he has admitted to faking the email in question.
We’ve got one of those have we?
Not questioning whether that state and location of their informant throws some doubt onto the subsequent revelations, the Australian says no more about that intriguing aspect.
They charge instead into the re-emergence of Peter Costello (go figure) and pondering over the stupidity of the Liberals allowing a TV crew into their offices at the critical moment when the email was revealed as a fake (what were they thinking?), and other deep matters of the nation.
But back to Canberra’s Godwin Grech. Has he been in the ‘ward’ the whole time since his disappearance? Is it the constructing of a ‘temporary insanity’ defence? Has he been busily writing his memoirs or his bit for the script for an upcoming Kennedy-Miller mini-series on the rise and plummet of Malcolm Turnbull? And how have things been in his bit of Treasury in his absence? That must be one intriguing corner of town lately. Who is ‘Acting Godwin’?
[ED – having heard the audio of Turnbull’s office breathlessly realising one of the many, many ways an email can be faked I am astonished that no-one with any technical knowledge at all is employed in a Leader of the Opposition’s staff in this day and age. Muppets]