There is a theory – a story, if you like – that Churchill was always able to “prove” that he was always on the side of decency, fairness, high-mindedness, and principle by quoting from his Cabinet submissions, newspaper articles and speeches from his long career as a Minister and Prime Minister.
According to this theory/story, Churchill was able to cite those self-serving quotes because he began every second paragraph with “On the other hand…” After all, he did say that “History is written by the victors.”
Eighteen months ago PM Gillard recruited the former NSW Premier to the Senate vacancy and he immediately got the plum job of Foreign Minister. Now, having served less than six weeks after being elected for a new six year term from 1 July next year, he has resigned.
This is the same Bob Carr who, when he was appointed, described himself as a “natural Senator” – which is probably true because you don’t have to bother with the little people like constituents – and that he wanted to stay forever as a Senator.
“I’m going to beat Strom Thurmond”, he boasted. Thurmond, who served in the US Senate for forty-eight years, died in office aged 100. Carr is 66.