MSM mansplains sexist support for Berejiklian

Let Australia’s most prominent mansplain why Gladys Berejiklian should be allowed to keep her job despite a disastrous relationship with her utterly corrupt boyfriend. The Fake Left:

High-profile political figures from both sides of the aisle, including the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, have come to the defence of Gladys Berejiklian, saying the New South Wales premier should not resign despite extraordinary revelations she had for years maintained a secret relationship with the disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.

Appearing on the ABC on Tuesday, Turnbull said Berejiklian should “certainly not” resign in the wake of Monday’s appearance before the Independent Commission Against Corruption, saying the premier “fell in love with the wrong guy”.

“Gladys is one of the most diligent leaders in Australia today; she is diligent, she is honest,” the former prime minister said.

“She’s not Robinson Crusoe – she’s human. She fell in love with the wrong guy.

Imagine the howls of protest if this were Barnaby Joyce that “fell in love with the wrong girl”. Oh, that’s right, he did, and was crucified for it by The Fake Left and Malcolm Turnbull, despite only “falling in love” with a staffer, not a duplicitous, CCP-fraternising disgrace.

Similar mansplained sexist support comes from a chivalrous Bernard Keane at Crikey:

Berejiklian’s judgement around Maguire appears to have been completely absent. Maguire was forced to resign from parliament in 2018 after he confessed to ICAC he’d tried to broker a deal to help a Chinese property developer — another “pie in the sky” deal that turned, like seemingly everything Maguire touched, to shit.

But even then, Berejiklian maintained their relationship, all the way through into this year. Even after her party lost his seat in the by-election resulting from his departure. Why she didn’t sever ties with this man in 2018 is inexplicable.

Yes, Berejiklian made a mistake in her personal life. We’ve all been there, and even the best of us have made far worse decisions than her. Yesterday must have been profoundly humiliating and painful for such a private woman. You can’t help but feel for her and misery her romantic choice has occasioned for her.

But it was a personal mistake that reinforced the fact that NSW is a toxic swamp of self-interest, sordid deals and grift.

What, and letting her stay on will change that will it, Bernard?

Even the Murdoch press and PM Morrison have mansplained why Gladys is immune to prosecution:

Scott Morrison has backed embattled NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with the Prime Minister saying she “showed a lot of courage” revealing her relationship with disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire.

…“She has my absolute support, and I thought she showed a lot of courage yesterday, but I also thought she showed a lot of humility,” he said.

“We are all human, and particularly in those areas of our lives, and Gladys is an extremely private person and a person of momentous integrity, a great friend.

Ah yes,  all women “fall in love with the wrong guy” sooner or later.

If feminism doesn’t want to be mansplained to, and does want to see sheilas treated as absolute equals to men, then the tropes of patriarchal discourse (women are emotional, vulnerable, always capable of “falling in love with the wrong guy”) can’t be rolled out when it’s bloody convenient to save a female leader.

Gladys Berejiklian should absolutely get the arse pronto.

In the name of women’s rights.

David Llewellyn-Smith
Latest posts by David Llewellyn-Smith (see all)


  1. I don’t think she should go, for the simple reason that she’ll be replaced by an even more corrupt person:

    1. Dominic Perottet – who’s up to his neck in corrupt filth over his mates at the new airport.
    2. Matt Keen – who was also bonking a co-MP, who was married.

    • There’s so many corrupt dealings at the new airport; and the costs and side projects to support it keep increasing. Yet more roads, land acquisitions, project tenders to mates, land dealings than the $5 billion initially costed. All for a project deemed uneconomic to build, even rated with a lower than usual rate of return to keep a basin monopoly, by the current operator Sydney Airport on its own merit. Sadly also due to demographics there isn’t much local demand requiring yet more infrastructure to connect it to the CBD detracting from its economic case.

      While I think government deficit is probably the only way to deleverage ourselves out of our household debt; when I look at this airport project in particular and all the “projects” happening around it I can only think its a magnet for corruption vs any community benefit. And when its built they will sell it to Sydney Airport most probably via privatization at a lower cost than building it direct. Makes me almost want to believe in Government Surplus’es as a constraint again.

  2. “Just needs a tickle from the top”
    Meanwhile the rest of the joint manages with trickle down economics and social hand me downs
    but at the top, seems a few tickles are the enablers.
    Any who support her are tarred with the same brush.
    “Of course she knew”

          • Not me
            that guy here had his leg severed with just a nibble
            the guy in wa, all they found was a small piece of wetsuit.

            Now we need some input from farmers here , on say how to construct a tail from a couple of strands of no8 barbed wire
            and let it float behind. say about 5 m long.
            cant be that hard.

          • and could some farmers assist here please:
            ICAC heard today from Maggie Wang, one of Mr Maguire’s former business associates. ICAC has heard Mr Maguire was involved in a number of prospective business ventures with Ms Wang while drawing a salary as an MP. The corruption watchdog heard today that Mr Maguire had told Ms Wang in 2018, after ICAC took an interest in his dealings, that his phones and iPad had been in a tangle with a tractor.
            Ms Wang concluded her evidence at ICAC today and left the witness box in tears.

            Do you recon maguire was trying to sort the engine management chips on his John Deere
            that seems to be an issue in the bush today

    • Less Woke More BlokeMEMBER

      It suits the constant need to make this a lady man thing when it’s simpler than that

      If this was a Labor pollie irrespective of their sex, where do you think Scrotumo and Mellifluous Mal would be on this?

    • The Traveling Wilbur

      That’s a bit complex for me. I prefer to dumb it down so that we can guarantee the less-fair sex will all understand it:

      “It would have been worse if it bad been a man.”

      And the Liberals are the better economic managers too.

  3. Gladys Got Some

    The relationship was kept secret on Darryl Maguire’s insistence.

    For the the same reason why you don’t tell your mates you’ve got a fat girl on the side.

  4. GunnamattaMEMBER

    We have all porked the wrong person somewhere along the line. But the thought that occured to me – after cogitating briefly on the aphrodesiac effects of having ones cojones handled by the executive, if you were involved in defrauding the taxpayer that executive represented – was ‘could you imagine just how insanely feral Sky, News, Alan Jones etc would be if Dan Andrews had confessed to rogering a corrupt member of parliament in Victoria?’

    • Less Woke More BlokeMEMBER

      I’m not inclined to the histrionics on display here by the usual suspects and I know you never are.

      So, do you think her integrity is unimpeachable here? For mine, her saying on the phone “I don’t need to know that part” implies she knew it would comprise her integrity by knowing particular details and so she probably ought to have suspect the relationship was not good for her.

      A failure in judgement, sure, but a failure by a Premier…

      Not knocking her having a relationship with the “wrong” person, stones and glass houses and all that…but continuing it…without perhaps distancing herself and reporting him or referring him?

      • My last relationship dies rapidly when I found out She was behaving less than legally. I am still paying for the fallout of all that and so is my youngest child. I can understand why you may wish to turn a blind eye and there is no way she would have been able to escape fallout form this once he was uncovered as corrupt…

        • The only issue I have is she kept seeing the bloke AFTER he was ousted for corruption and only dropped him AFTER icac called her in for questioning. At that first meeting she must have realised they had tapes and only then decided to part ways.

      • I think if she had her time again she would have done things differently. But in the absence of any actual corrupt behaviour (that is where she personally gained from her position or where she has knowingly allowed him to benefit) I am prepared to say she’s learnt her lesson and move on and the State will be better for it.

  5. The forgiveness is because of her single status, not because of her XX chromosome. Barnaby would have got the same indulgence if he happened to be single, or at least divorced.

  6. Putting aside whether or not she should resign, how can you compare Barnaby getting a staffer pregnant while he’s married and playing the family man crap as well as “my daughters” bs during the same sex marriage debate?

    I think she should go as she could not have failed to put 1 and 1 together with judgement clouded by having a relationship with not just an MP, but an MP who was answerable to her as Premier.

  7. Less Woke More BlokeMEMBER

    For Spunky.

    It used to be easy to listen to people
    And take everything with a grain of salt
    And now that I’m older I still hear voices
    I do not wish to be involved
    I don’t want to be involved with the incinerator anymore
    That lifestyle is such a bore, find the door
    I want to leave this place can’t take it anymore
    Locked in a room and the flames are burning down around me
    And now I see the door but I won’t find a key
    It’s kinda sad but I’ll never find a better place to be
    I’m not feeding the fire anymore
    It only makes me want to keep it locked inside
    You got the gasolene but I don’t have a light
    I wanna hang out, it’s not a good time
    I’d rather be somewhere that I can find
    People that don’t live off the words that are said by someone else
    Cos talking sh–t is so bad for your health
    That lifestyle is such a bore, find the door
    I want to leave this place can’t take it anymore
    Locked in a room and the flames are burning down around me
    And now I see the door but I won’t find a key
    It’s kinda sad but I’ll never find a better place to be
    I’m not feeding the fire anymore

    RIP TS

  8. This is a lib/lab thing as much as it is a female thing. Can you imagine the crap would be thrown if this was the qld premier and not the nsw premier?

    • Looks like Reusa was the reporter:
      “Anyway I’ve met Xi Jinping, she hasn’t,’’ Mr Maguire says.
      He’s complaining that a NSW trade mission to China needs to raise his concerns over the dairy industry and jobs.
      “They’re shaking hands, they’re sucking people’s d**ks,’’ he tells her.
      “They can get f**ked.
      They’ve got to get off their fat arses and make something happen.”

  9. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    My favorite comment on the matter was this one from yesterday,

    “Win the Electoral College
    October 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Daryl Maguire’s defence is that the brown paper bags in his car were not from accepting bags of cash but for putting over Gladys’s head.”

    Lol every time I read it!
    Im infantile I know.

  10. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Being a woman she should actually be treated more harshly than a man so as to make an example of her so other women will think twice before stepping out of line!

  11. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    They have very effectively changed the narrative to “people make mistakes with who they fall for”.

    EXACTLY as I said they would yesterday.

    THE ISSUE is, she was approached to partake in corruption and didn’t report it.

    She has to go. Australia should accept nothing less.

  12. I don’t think she goes straight away – if at all. The LNP must realise this will be a big election issue. She will have to develop a much thicker skin if she stays on to campaign the next election as there will be all sorts of tikling the dikling jokes and the ALP won’t (and shouldn’t) hold back.

    This is the question the LNP members of parliament need to consider – can Gladys lead us to the next state election in 2023 – and are there any better candidates around? If the answer is we’d do better with a sl%t shamed gladys than a bible bashing Perrotet, well then she will stay.

  13. Observably, feminism is inherently incompatible with the idea that women have moral agency. That’s why I am not a feminist, because rights without responsibilities is for children.
    ‘If feminism …. does want to see sheilas treated as absolute equals to men…’
    Observably, feminism does not consistently believe this. They are happy to believe in male-female differences if it privileges women.

  14. my toranaMEMBER

    Absolutely and I will have a word to Bernard, so out of character for him to be generous.
    One of the conversation snippets I read yesterday was condemning of her and she’s not bloody ‘private’ she’s self-protecting and deceptive.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment. Log in now