Former head of Human Rights Commission and perennial liar Marcus Einfeld has gone to jail for at least two years. The left loved him as a personality judge. But he lied about a $77 fine (he had lied about traffic convictions several times before), lied about his academic qualifications (he bought degrees) and his past directorships and plagiarised past legal judgements. Einfeld made a career as a well-paid, blow-hard moraliser. Aborigines, refugees, Cornelia Rau ...Einfeld was a great defender of humanity. I can't help wondering whether his claims in this regard were lies too or, as I often sensed when I heard him speak, just pompous insincerity.
No-one should dance with joy to see Einfeld cop his due. There is tragedy here - he is 69 and his health is poor. But for once the legal system worked reasonably well * and extenuating circumstances were not evoked for a favoured son.
* The qualification reasonably because his sentence was reduced because of the pain he has suffered on account of the press coverage received. But the press didn't persecute him - they only identified his lies.