Barnaby Joyce is the leader of the National party formerly the Country party.
One of the main planks of the party is the upholding of traditional family values and thus the sanctity of marriage.
We now have the spectacle of the leader of the party showing scant regard in fact no regard at all for these values.
During the course of his adulterous affair he lied to his wife, daughters, Prime Minister and of course his own electorate.
This means the National party owns his affair and his values ( or lack of them.) This is the great difference between him and the ALP's Tony Burke. Burke didn't stand for family values ( nor did he uproot his family and move them inter-state for selfish political reasons.)
The National party was always vulnerable to One Nation now this vulnerability is in spades. One Nation can say they uphold family values whereas the Nationals patently do not given Joyce is still their leader.
Joyce is also quite vulnerable in his own electorate to an independent who upholds family values and says he won't lie to the electorate like Joyce did.
Moreover Joyce just does not get it that in a party of family values you cannot say things are personal. Social liberals can because adultery means nothing to them.
The patent allocation of his mistress to other offices once she was pregnant and then accepting rent free luxury accommodation shows just how bad his political instincts are. Last week also showed his understanding of his portfolio is not very high.
If Joyce is still leader at the next election the coalition will be decimated given what erupted over last week.
I find myself having to make three related points.
1) Anything Joyve said in the same sex marriage debate was shite
2) I have listened to 2GB since this all occurred every so often. No blame on Joyce despite the obvious derailing of family values. Criticism of Turnbull unbelievably because he upholds said very values. It appears 'right wing ' people hate Turnbull more than they actually believe in the values they espouse.
3) Joyce will be 41 before bubby appears on god's earth. This means if she is a daughter and say marries at 25 then he will be 76 when walking down the aisle with her. Absurd. Will his four other daughters want him at their weddings???
I should have talked about Barnaby's hat. Why would a man wear such a hat in a suit in the shade?
I will write slowly for Soony. He is yet again trying to portray himself as a man of the land, a farmer, a cow cockie. He is in fact an accountant from a regional city in Queensland who was so pro-farmer that he had no farmers as clients. He would have a great story to tell if he ran the books of various farmers. He would know their business inside out yet he has NEVER spoken so.