The press have had a field day over the Haneef issue with The Australian performing as badly as any. After last night’s dramatic disclosures I guess it could not so quickly admit it was wrong. So it continued today to not only criticise Minister Andrews but in fact to call via its editorial for his resignation. I guess it’s a matter of covering up a monstrously inept coverage with a dramatic call in order to try to conceal its errors. The Age which has been unrelenting in its pursuit of the government over this issue editorialised that the full story need be told. No credit to it either. Andrews provided more than enough evidence to show that he acted with ‘reasonable suspicion’ and explained why further information could not be provided at this stage. I'll wait and see if Crikey.com reverses the despicable sentiments it expressed yesterday - Richard Farmer stated he had 'no doubt' the government acted for political reasons and that Minister Andrews should be sacked.
Peter Faris who had previously criticised the government (and who was cited on this blog in commentary as an expert who would know more about this issue than me) has accepted he was wrong and agreed that the Minister acted appropriately. Also Ken Parish has recognised the soundness of the Minister’s case over at Troppo – though Andrews still couldn’t be let completely off the hook - the Minister was still a ‘turd’ and a ‘god-bothering twerp’.
Over at Larvatus Prodeo – well, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. These people have serious problems because of the conspiratorial world they live in and the echo chamber effect of a similarly-minded bunch of people projecting the same fantasies. The LP blog is vastly successful but samples a tiny proportion of the adult population and the opinion there is unbalanced and marginal. You can forget that when most commenters there deliver the same spray of nonsense. My comment to them last night stands:
‘The problem with dealing with those here who are supporting the attacks on Andrews and the Government is that they are dishonest. You know the truth but your stupid pride won’t admit it.
It wouldn’t matter what information was presented to Andrews it would spoil your fun and your idiotic intrigues to have the graciousness to admit you were wrong. Totally wrong.
Of course the information was not conclusive - indeed it does seem to have turned out to be wrong. But at the time it was reasonable to hold suspicions and to check them out.
The UK police were the source of the misinformation so all the crap about political intrigues, wedge politics and so on goes out the window. It probably was a mistake but one with very limited costs.
As was clear from the start Andrews had the responsibility under the Migration Act to cancel Haneef’s visa. He took appropriate action and the explanation he gave Kevin Rudd was appropriately accepted by him.
What always gets me is the view of human nature you guys take. It must reflect your own values. You must assume other people act and think as you do. Not just Liberal politicians but Kevin Rudd, Mick Kelty the lot.
Don’t worry about it Mark & Co I am sure that next week you can come up with a new hysterical fantasy. But you only bring discredit upon yourselves with this appalling behaviour.’
I don’t think this judgement is overly harsh.