And the award for political scandal of the week goes to…

Well I’m not actually sure at this point who is going to win the award. I would have liked to conduct a poll but as I have neither the technical know-how nor the traffic to make it a practical reality, I will ask you to let me know your opinion in the comments sections. So here we have it, the nominees for the award for the ‘Political Scandal of the Week’ (ending June 15 2008 ) are…

  1. The human traffic accident that is the governmental power couple John Della Bosca (NSW MP) and Belinda Neal (Federal MP). John lost his license for speeding a few weeks ago was photographed on his bicycle telling a journalist to F*%K off. His wife was allegedly banned from her soccer team for kicking an opponent while down. But now they are in big trouble due to a ruckus at the NSW Central Coast nightspot ‘Iguana Joes’. ‘Iguanagate’ (I mean really can’t we come up with our own names for political scandals, do we have to put ‘gate’ on the end of every story involving a silly pollie?) has cost Mr Della Bosca his ministerial position and Ms Neal has been rebuked by her party and told that she must do a ‘Anger Management’ course. (Debate about whether or not the response to this story has been sexist or not can be found here). Our second nomination goes too…
  2. The Sex, Death and Rose scandal currently haunting the QLD state government. Now the story goes something like this (and it runs like the plot of a bad novel), apparently State MP Merrie Rose had an affair with the Premier Peter Beattie and was sentenced to 18 months gaol for attempting to blackmail him. Letters by a now deceased aid of hers, Ms Barbara Darrow allege that Ms Rose was having Ms Darrow involve herself in corrupt and illegal activites, covering up and destroying evidence of the affair. While it does not implicate Peter Beattie in illegal activities it may explain why Beattie gave up the Premiership last year. Details of the story can be found at Crikey. And our third and final (and my personal favourite) nomination goes to…
  3. The British public servants who keep leaving top secret documents on trains. Maybe I like this one because its just so British, or because it comes with the best quotes, but here’s the story from the BBC. In the same week that a senior official left intelligence about Terrorism on a train, details of a secret meeting of financial crime experts was found on the London bound Waterloo train. There is tension and confusion in London and files on train thing is turning their security into a joke

Our enemies don’t even need to hack into our computers, they apparently just need to travel on public transport

Keith Vaz, Home Affairs Select Committee chairman
So there we have it, nominations are now closed. Please give me your feedback as to whom the award should go to.
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