The Federal Australian Government “Independent” MP Tony Windsor is a disgrace – a shameless hypocrite who distorts history and betrays private conversations, even while misrepresenting them.
Remember how Windsor, like so many in the media today cheering him on, deplored the alleged hate speech and abusive language of the Right?
Independent MP Tony Windsor has called for restraint from talkback radio hosts and fellow MPs amid an increasingly vitriolic debate about the Government’s carbon tax plans…
“All I’m saying is look, be careful we don’t want to go down the American road. We’ve got a great democracy here, we can argue with each other without killing each other,” Mr Windsor told ABC Radio National Breakfast…
How much this saintly man deplored cheap insults:
“He called for “a bit more respect from all sides in parliament. It’s not just a one-way street”.
Then this shameless hypocrite turned on the man who now threatens to end his political career :
When you’ve got a rabid dog like Abbott, you know, it compounds things.
Again yesterday, claiming that Abbott would have broken his own word on a carbon tax for Windsor’s support – a claim I find preposterous – Windsor was again venomously abusive in a way Abbott would never be forgiven by the gallery:
The decision to do something about climate change … to put a price on carbon, was a condition of the formation of government.
The Leader of the Opposition knows that very well, because on a number of occasions, he actually begged for the [prime ministerial] job. Begged for the job. You’ve never denied that, Tony, and you won’t.
‘He begged for the job, and he made the point, not only to me but to others who were in that negotiating period, that he would do anything to get that job. Anything to get that job.
You would well remember, and your colleagues should be aware, that the only codicil you put on that was, ‘I will do anything, Tony, to get this job. The only thing I won’t do is sell my arse’…
I’m very proud to have supported the price on carbon… This man, the Leader of the Opposition, would have been quite prepared to do that if he’d been given the nod.
You’re an absolute disgrace..
I consider Windsor to be the true disgrace.
His is a conservative electorate. He betrayed those voters by installing a Labor government instead.
That government had promised no carbon tax. Windsor betrayed voters again by supporting the government in breaking that word.
I cannot believe that Abbott would have also backed a carbon tax, as Windsor claims, given he won the Liberal leadership and nearly stole the election by campaigning against emissions trading and a tax. Abbott has more integrity than Gillard and Windsor.
And before anyone trusts Windsor’s judgment or recall of events:
Consider this: a few years ago an MP rose in parliament and named two fellow parliamentarians as attempting to bribe him…
The MP who made the allegations … was the member for New England, Tony Windsor.
After the ALP had referred the claims to the AEC and while the AFP had not concluded its processes, Windsor named the then deputy prime minister and arch political rival John Anderson, and Nationals senator Sandy Macdonald, in parliament as the two who had offered him a bribe, through a Tamworth businessman, not to contest the 2004 election.
Anderson vehemently denied the charge and the next day Windsor returned to parliament to give an even more detailed account of the attempted inducement…
… the then leader of the House, Tony Abbott, had demanded Windsor produce evidence of his claims.
The matter was resolved when the businessman said the claims were wrong and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions found there was no prima facie case for charges to be laid.
Windsor’s defeat at the next election by Richard Torbay would cleanse this parliament, not least of a hypocrite.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.