Nix hits pits

From various British and other sources one often wonders what police are for. In South Australia they seem mostly to do duty as revenue collectors for the increasingly abominable state government. Sometimes they have a place in the criminal law.

Senator Xenophon doesn’t think so (See here and here). Having one absolute and consistent goal–of self-promotion–he prefers  soft coercion of others whom, given media and their own performance over recent decades, he can libel without fear. As publicity stunts go, Senator Xenophon has pretty much hit rock bottom in an age when rock bottom is heavily crowded.

So this Senator, whom few, if any, in South Australia will question in any appropriate manner–his words being taken as gospel–carries on as a righteous force. For whom? Certainly not, as talkback radio station  5AA had it in a news bulletin early this morning, an anglican archbishop.

No-one I’ve heard takes the least interest in the response of the Catholic Church in South Australia. True it generally warrants little attention. At least the Advertiser did this time:

The church has also said “from the beginning, Archbishop Hepworth has been urged to report these matters to police”. Archbishop Hepworth has not taken his allegations to police, but publicly raised the claims in the media over the past week.

Assuming the truth of that the justification for the Senator is nil, that of the so-called primate little more. Rape is a police matter, not one for publicity and self-promotion.

But Nix’s stunt  has coincided with two other moments: first, and internationally, the BBC reports:

A group representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict XVI and three senior cardinals for alleged crimes against humanity.

Secondly, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has introduced into the federal parliament 18 bills relating to a carbon tax. In the past, Senator Xenophon has made clear his support for legislation, usually much stronger than what government has contemplated or introduced to parliament. His own web-site is non-existent: “under construction”, we’re told. It means we don’t find his attitudes toward climate change (apd) and the carbon tax. He may not be keen on the carbon tax but his determination–more or less secret now–on so-called greenhouse gases is clear, though electorally not warranting publicity.

To conclude: apparently and when his own self-promotion is at stake, Senator Xenophon  doesn’t think police should have dealings with charges of rape. But the public should know. The same, ahem, principle of public knowledge does not apply regarding his place in the gigantic scam of climate change (apd). Can’t fault the timing!

Update: the senator seems to think we all have the intelligence of Hachem Gomez, aged 20 (ht Drudge):

 A 20-year-old man’s defense for breaking into a fast food restaurant over the weekend, and preparing himself something to eat, was simply that he was hungry.

It’s all about self.

Update 2: The senator claims 98 per cent public support for his actions. Hmm.Why does that sort of number ring a bell? Meanwhile, the priest concerned has publicly and “categorically” denied the alleged acts of sexual abuse. Unless some evidence of criminal misconduct appears before police–and pretty sharply–we must  assume the senator had only a publicity stunt in mind. And hopefully nothing more. His position as a member of the Senate is intolerable.

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