Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella said yesterday that the text messages released showing Peter Slipper describing her as an “ignorant botch” (autocorrect!) showed that he shouldn’t remain a speaker.
When criticising Peter Slipper, Sophie seemed to have forgotten when she was standing here:
Since Peter Slipper has subsequently resigned (and apologised for his text messages), it seems that Sophie really only has one choice – to stand up in Parliament and apologise for standing in front of such a sign, which to the average observer would undoubtedly be seen as an implicit endorsement of the sentiments thereof. To be sure, she didn’t make the sign – nor did she hold it up. Yet she was there, and even if (seemingly inconceivably) she was unaware of the sign, she was still photographed in front of it.
In The SMH, March 24, 2011, “Abbott says some at rally over the top“:
“Another Liberal frontbencher, Sophie Mirabella, said the rally was an expression of people power.
“Ms Mirabella defended the use of the word ‘liar’ to describe Ms Gillard, but baulked at defending the use of ‘bitch’ to describe the prime minister.”
Baulking at defending a word is hardly a ringing statement of disgust at the word being used in the first place, after all. Indeed, in all the coverage of the event, the constant terminology is “baulked”, not “condemned”, nor “apologised” – and nor did Tony Abbott apologise, either.
So, where is Sophie’s apology to parliament? It may be late, but it could still be delivered.
Otherwise, it must surely call into question her judgement as an MP and her suitability for that equally important office.