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David Campbell

The treatment of David Cambell by the media and his own party is repugnant.  Our society is becoming more American by the day with sexual images and innuendo thrown at us constantly but with, at the same time, a strengthening moral puritanism. It is an understatement to note that David Campbell does not seem to have been a wonderful transport minister in NSW  and this may be grounds for dismissal.  But that he is ‘outed’ for being a closet gay and because he attended a gay club – that is the substance of the Channel 7 attack – is disgraceful. 

Peoples’s sexuality is their own business and having affairs on the side in a marriage is the concern of the individuals involved not, properly, that of journalistic low-life.  Politicians are entitled to privacy.  The endpoint of this type of revelation is the inference that, after all, there is something wicked about homosexuality and about having a bit on the side.  The hypocrisy of Seven’s news director Peter Meakin – a  serial drink driver – in attacking Campbell is breathtaking.  The best protest the community can make is to avoid watching Channel 7. Their news and current affairs shows are among the worst in the country  so little is lost.

The Labor Party itself deserves condemnation for accepting Campbell’s ‘resignation’ . It is the same hypocrisy that drove the ‘resignation’ of John Della Bosca.   It is tempting to attribute these actions to the right-wing Catholic lunatics who run the Labor Party in NSW but the problem is deeper and more pervasive than this.   We are increasingly becoming a nation of voyeurs, hysterics and sexual puritans.

11 comments to David Campbell

  • One cannot but agree, young Harry. But you are a bit hard on the media – there is strange fascination that goes back to the Greek tragedians and Shakespeare, and that is the juxtaposition of those in high positions when it is revealed that they are enmeshed in the tawdry banality of everyday life like it is for the rest of us groundlings, jerking off, sniffing ladies’ undies, getting a blow job in a gay sauna, whatever – the more tawdry the bigger the contrast and the greater the fascination. I think, you would find there was equal fascination with Della having a hetero root on the side. And it’s not just sex. Even having a tanty fit (Belinda, Kevin, Amanda) is also newsworthy. There is also an element of schaden freude in it, don’t you reckon? Ditto hubris. I do not have to remind you of the plot of the film The Blue Angel where a professor of economics Herr Doktor Emmanuel Klarkenrath at Der Traube University falls for a travelling songstress Lola Lola. (He has the hots for her so bad he throws in his tenured positions and tags along and subsequently becomes a clown in her act in order to pull his own weight, economically speaking).

    Incidentally, is there something in the water down Illawarra way? My advice is next time you go to the South Coast take bottled water, H.

  • observa

    There are 2 points to be made here about public officials Harry. Firstly cheating in marriage with your life partner. It’s not about the sex but lack of trust thereafter, a bit like finding out your business partner has his or her fingers in the till. Can you ever trust them in business again? Then there’s the issue of private use of public property. Ask yourself what the reaction would be to a Tony Abbott or Kevin Rudd using a Govt car to attend a strip club or knock shop.

    The usual suspects will claim it’s all about being a poofter and homophobia, but perhaps they’d like to consult his missus about the betrayal aspect. You can’t argue with these people who ‘feel’ deep down if you’re not homoeuphoric like them then you’re obviously homophobic, the same black and white dichotomous view of the world they have with victim and oppressor tags. You see it with AGW and Cap and Trade. Not a C&T fan? Then obviously you must be a (Holocaust) denier in their book.

  • Peter Patton

    All this talk about the impropriety of using the “ministerial car” is so lame, even disgusting. They say, “oh we’re not homophobic. It’s the corruption and the cover-up you see!”

    One very good sign is that even the callers on talk-back radio have been going absolutely ape AGAINST Channel 7!

  • hc

    Observa, Having your fingers in the till is illegal, having a fling on the side is not. Nor should having a fling be illegal – how many wretched unhappy marriages survive because of the possibility of getting a bit of life outside of the the marriage? And is it society’s business to express moral disapproval of such behaviour?

    Use of employer funded vehicles for private dealings is universal in our society – yes I think it should be taxed as an income benefit but the transactions costs of doing so are too high.

    Its was not illegal for Campbell to use the car as he did.

    I am not homoeuphoric – I just recognise that people have different types of sexual appetites. Between consenting adults I couldn’t care less what people do.

  • “Firstly cheating in marriage with your life partner. It’s not about the sex but lack of trust thereafter,…”

    We don’t know whether David Campbell’s life partner knew about his visits to the parlour or not. Without that knowledge, we cannot judge whether trust has been broken or not.

    It’s false to assume that all relationships are the same as your own.

  • observa

    ‘Observa, Having your fingers in the till is illegal, having a fling on the side is not. Nor should having a fling be illegal – how many wretched unhappy marriages survive because of the possibility of getting a bit of life outside of the the marriage? And is it society’s business to express moral disapproval of such behaviour?’

    I and many others must remember the nuanced argument re legal/illegal when it comes to judging Wall Street Harry, among a great many things in life these days. Never seen a marriage last where one cheats on the other or indeed so called ‘open’ marriages. Generally I’d agree with Sir Henry and our interest in our leaders being more chaste than Ceasar’s wife. it goes with the job.

    ‘All this talk about the impropriety of using the “ministerial car” is so lame, even disgusting.’

    It would seem this bloke agrees with you Peter but it’s David Marr you need to convince-
    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/channel_7s_shame/

    I’m with Akermanis that homosexuality is to be tolerated, if never fully acceptable. As I said, there’s a lie one section of our graduazzi live that we should all be totally ambivalent about whether our offspring are normal heterosexual or abnormal homosexual. It’s as nonsensical as being totally ambivalent about having a kid with a limp or bad sight or a hearing defect. No normal person would be euphoric about that, which is not to say they’re phobic about handicapped people. Homosexuality like many deviant sexual practices is tolerated behind closed doors, but to start wearing womens undies or suspenders in the footy changerooms will invite the obvious. Sweet Jesus, they can’t even roll up to rehab under the weather according to ‘leadership’ groups.

    Akers point, for which he was crucified for calling the Emporers robes, is that for far too long we’ve been harangued that if you’re not homoeuphoric, you’re homophobic. The irony is chattering classes have become what they’ve most despised. They now treat homosexuality as almost mandatory for the masses, and in the process are treating homosexuals as their conspicuous pet poodles. It’s almost mandatory to include a homosexual at any dinner party worthy of the name and if ‘it’ is black and handicapped to boot, then so much the better. The only thing better would be to attend a homosexual ‘marriage’ ceremony and maintain the rage against those who would dare to question the superior compassionatte.

  • conrad

    “I’m with Akermanis that homosexuality is to be tolerated, if never fully acceptable. As I said, there’s a lie one section of our graduazzi live that we should all be totally ambivalent about whether our offspring are normal heterosexual or abnormal homosexual. It’s as nonsensical as being totally ambivalent about having a kid with a limp or bad sight or a hearing defect.”

    People find the belief that their parents have sex abnormal also — that doesn’t mean it is. So get over it Observa — and get over “limp…bad sight…” etc. Perhaps most parents are a little sad for 2-3 minutes about things like that with their kids, but I’m sure most get over it happily.

  • derrida derider

    On the homophobic/homoeuphoric bit there’s an easy touchstone here – would we have had he same reaction if Campbell was filmed exiting A Touch of Class as we had of him exiting Ken’s of Kensington? I’d venture Channel Seven wouldn’t have bothered in the former case, so there is indeed homphobia in amongst this.

    The only time “outing” these sort of things is justified, IMO, is if the polly is crusading on “family values” or the like. That’s the reason gay communities in the US have outed a number of such pollies, for example. In those cases its the lying to the electorate that matters, not the lying to spouses.

  • observa

    ‘On the homophobic/homoeuphoric bit there’s an easy touchstone here-…’
    What like Fraser losing his duds in a US hotel or Ruddy attending one of their strip joints or ‘Stiffy’ Johncock (definitely heterosexual-Adelaide Crows) being too under the weather to make Sunday rehab? Wouldn’t raise an eyebrow if they were Joe Blow and that’s Sir Henry’s point.

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