Australian Politicians Cheat Too, It Appears


Labor Party's John Della Bosca proves it's not US politicians that cheat.

You ever feel like, as an Americano, that the only politicians to consistently humiliate themselves are ours? The only ones to be caught with their pants around their ankles and suffer for it are lovers of seven red stripes, six white stripes and a mess of stars. Does it even bother people from Norway or Croatia if their president, prime minister or premier cheats on his wife? Would Silvio Berlusconi's shenannies be tolerated in the US? Would we put up with Sarkozy's divorce and quickie marriage to Carla Bruni? And wouldn't we have voted Putin out years ago just because he seems like the kind of guy who would cheat on his wife (and his last name is the misspelled French slang for "whore")? For a long time, I thought maybe the rest of the world just had to adjust to democracy, which we clearly invented.

This is not the case. It turns out that Australia has been burned by its own Eliot Spitzer/Mark Sanford/John Ensign/Johnny Edwards scenario. According to Reuters, the land in which you better run, you better take cover has a philandering politician threatening to sink the entire party. A state-level pol from New South Wales named John Della Bosca recently left his position due to allegations that he did a little p-into-v with a 26-year-old lady while he was married to another lady. Sweet quote on Della Bosca's part: "I made some poor decisions. You have to take your medicine if you make bad decisions."

That-a-Johnny, way to not break down in a press conference, dither about the definition of "is" or generally look like someone in serious need of having his face rearranged. Nope, Health Minister John Della Bosca wants to take his medicine. But as a thickneck of the Labor Party (on the state level), this does leave them in the lurch a bit. While, the national Labor Party is pretty strong, the sentiment in New South Wales is not so sanguine and the conservatives (from the confusingly titled Liberal Party) may use this flap to cast doubt about Labor's moral makeup, decision-making and ability to lead.

That seems more like the politics I'm used to.

In your estimation, does faithfulness to one's spouse have anything to do with ability to lead? Aren't you glad that the Aussie's don't have the gall to spell "Labor" with a "u"? Anyone know how the British (generally) feel about cheating pols? The Canadians?