Following the unanimous exoneration of Cardinal George Pell by the High Court of Australia in April last year, there was a glimmer of hope that the huntress-in-chief of Pell, the fembot Louise Milligan, would back off for a while, would meekly retreat, perhaps even show some remorse. To have been so humiliated legally after her defamatory crusade against the cardinal, common sense would suggest, and humility would demand, that discretion become the better part of valour. But no, it wasn’t to be.
The ABC’s slayer of sex abusers real and imagined did not apologise to the cardinal for leading the charge to ruin his life and reputation. She didn’t bother to change the title of her first book (The Rise and Fall of George Pell) which, according to one less-than-kind observer, amounted to nothing more than ‘semi-literate police talking points’, a litany of wild (and easily dismissed) accusations mostly from career criminals and a character reference for Pell’s primary accuser who now would appear to be a fantasist at best. No, Milligan instead wrote another book designed to show her to be a victim – of the legal system – and to wring some more copy from the Pell trials. And now, of course, she is back on the case, apparently determined to destroy the career and reputation of a different Christian, again, through a media pile-on.
The High Court’s verdict in the Pell matter appeared to serve as a serious correction to the gathering momentum of MeToo-ist guilt-by-accusation trials, either in the courts or in the media. Team ‘We believe you’ had collected many scalps, large and small, and had built an impressive record of destroying careers and reputations. A moral panic about child sex abuse led to a half-billion-dollar Royal Commission whose raison d’être would appear, in retrospect, to have been simply to get the Catholic Church.
Just about everyone was on board. Whole legal and law enforcement systems were ‘reformed’ in order to embed MeToo-ist conceptions of the law. Woke police were trained in the new thinking. Always believe the complainant. Law reform bodies made recommendations that led governments to, in effect, reverse the onus of proof in historical sex cases. MeToo-ist true believers and thought leaders were strategically placed in justice bureaucracies to ensure that the implementation of the new ideology went smoothly. Priest-chasing lawyers have become an industry. Senior politicians, with an eye ever on the optics and determined to be on-trend, chanted apologies in the national parliament and attempted to outdo one another in claiming the MeToo-ist high ground. Now one of their own is himself caught in the crossfire.
These verdicts show that, despite all the bluster and all the power of the witch-hunters, there remains something called the rule of law, however imperfectly it may sometimes be implemented.
Fortunately for the justice system in Australia and elsewhere, there has been considerable pushback by those against whom the accusations of impropriety appeared on their face to be extremely dodgy. And some dramatic vindications of the innocent. Besides Pell, there was Geoffrey Rush, Craig McLachlan and Alan Dershowitz, who even wrote a book, Guilt by Accusation. Perhaps the biggest slap in the face of all was the Carl Beech fiasco in the UK, where a pedophile-fantasist was able to con two police forces – and many others – with a bizarre tale of sex abuse and murder in high places. His exposure as a liar and his eventual incarceration was all too late to save the reputations of those cruelly hounded – one senior figure died in disgrace. Oops.
Not all cases go well for the innocent accused. It took George Pell four goes and the timely intervention of a judge actually cognisant of the principles of criminal law, Justice Mark Weinberg, to obtain justice. Other innocents, like Father John Fleming of South Australia, are battling to clear their names.
And so we come to Christian Porter. A man who is stuck, and may be stuck forever, between a rock and a hard place, since the allegations against him, sprayed all over town by a fembot cabal, can never be tested in a court of law. His accuser has died. The police say there is no case to answer. There is no question of evidence being to hand in the absence of the accuser, who requested, in the end, that police not pursue the matter. Christian Porter has no pathway whatsoever to clear his name. On the other hand, his opponents have all the weapons they need to continue their vile pursuit. They have fembot apparatchiks in the Senate, primed to use every device available to keep the issue alive. They have the opposition leader, ready cynically to use his position to destroy an opponent and strangely silent about an historic rape allegation against one of his own. They have the baying mob on social media. They have the ‘fit and proper person’ card that has already been played ad nauseam.
The determined and vindictive accusers of Porter have, as well, that MeToo-ist megaphone otherwise known as the ABC. Fresh from its disgraceful pursuit of Pell, and failing to accept a skerrick of responsibility for what occurred there, it has dusted itself off and sharpened its claws, poised and ready to destroy a fresh target.
Then there is the ultimate weapon in the fembots’ armoury. They know that, especially in the current climate of (coincidental and totally unrelated) Parliament House accusations of rape, there are ways other than through the law of destroying a man. The MeToo-ists prey upon the utter fear that third parties have of being thought protective of, or in any way sympathetic to, sex offenders. So, for example, they punish the target by turning the mob against the target’s employer. The National Rugby League deemed the footballer Jack de Bellin, also accused of rape, not a fit and proper person to be allowed to work in their employ. Irrespective of, and prior to, a trial. Game over.
Like many of the other targets, this Christian, given who and what he is, is a marked man. The fembots especially like to go after powerful men, those on the right, particularly those destined for higher things, conservatives, Catholics and those who are, like Pell, seen as enemies of feminism and of progressive politics. The two Bills, Clinton and Shorten, naturally, were spared fembot scrutiny. As was Joe Biden. And, according to the ABC’s Four Corners – Milligan again – Porter has form in relation to ‘inappropriate’ behaviour with female staff. This conveniently serves to suggest, just as they did with Pell, a pattern of behaviour, aka tendency evidence, to strengthen their main case. Very clever, indeed. And they called on one Malcolm ‘bonk ban’ Turnbull as a witness, to boot. Luckily Malcolm was on hand to assist.
Little wonder the Attorney-General needs time off. Porter will need all the strength he can muster. And we can be sure that, as night follows day, the fembots will be there, battle armour on, tweeting away with spittle-flecked invective and shamelessly leading the charge.
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