"The difficulty for the political system lies in dealing with Thomson’s delusion. With every telling, his version of events has become more fantastic and inconsistent."
Mark Latham is fast building a blue-chip reputation as a political commentator. His column about Craig Thomson delivers new insights into the story that is likely to consume politics in the weeks ahead.
Latham ponders the lengthy interview that Craig Thomson gave to Laurie Oakes on the weekend (see below), concluding that Thomson is delusional. "Delusion can be an incredibly powerful force in public life", he writes, and goes on to shed light on the seductive lifestyle of a successful and ambitious politician in the labour movement.
Thomson is representative of the worst elements of corruption that have, in Latham's eyes, ruined the modern ALP, and yet Latham summons no spite, only genuine concern.