Bronwyn Bishop is sorry. But not for treating taxpayers with contempt.
She’s not sorry about chartering a chopper at taxpayer expense to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser. No, she admits that was an “error of judgement” but she doesn’t intend to apologise.
She’s not sorry about her more general pattern of profligacy either.
No, she’s sorry only that the media storm engulfing her for the past five days has distracted people from the woes of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor.
“I am disappointed that it’s taken the heat off Mr Shorten and his double carbon tax paper. I haven’t noticed too much attention being paid to that and I’m sorry this has distracted from that.”
It was the only time she said sorry in her extraordinary 15-minute press conference. And it’s yet another example that shows Bishop is not fit for the Speaker’s chair.
She is a partisan warrior who cares only about the Liberal Party and herself. It’s increasingly clear she has no respect for the Parliament or the sanctity of the Speaker’s chair.
Evidently, she only thinks the chopper ride was an error because it cost a bit too much. Not because it displays an incredible lack of regard for public opinion or the public purse.
Indeed, only a couple of hours earlier she was still dismissing the scandal as a “political beat up”.
She just doesn’t get it.
And neither, quite frankly, does Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
While he says he understands why people get “excited” about such scandals, he is standing by his hand-picked Speaker. He won’t be asking her to resign, despite the white-hot anger among ordinary Australians.
It also shows poor political judgement: this scandal will now drag into another week.
In what was supposed to be Labor’s winter of discontent – with the royal commission and national conference divisions at centre stage – all eyes will remain on Mrs Bishop.
More stories will break – such as Bishop’s $14,000 luxury limousine bill. And Mr Abbott’s government will continue to bleed.
And all for what? A woman so out of touch with ordinary Australians she can’t even bring herself to say sorry when she so clearly should.
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