Keith Duncan, Pimlico
Well I’ll be, ‘Our Glad’ up to her eyeballs in a sex and corruption scandal. No reasonable person would criticise Gladys for being in a personal relationship, but for a public figure to keep a relationship with a disgraced former MP (Maguire) – who was already under investigation for corruption – secret, by failing to declare it, is going to take some explaining.
‘Our Glad’ has never been a shrinking violet, she is a very shrewd political operator, one had only to watch her demeanour at a press conference where she kept parroting that she ‘had done nothing wrong’, and instead blamed ICAC, the media, the Labor opposition, Maguire, and anybody else who dared to question her ‘stuff-up’.
Gladys has been wounded, the public will not tolerate any hint of corruption from public figures, and playing the sympathy card can be problematic. As for Maguire, he has to be looking at spending some quality time with fellow disgraced MP Eddie Obeid at government expense.
It seems he has been misusing his access to important people in the immigration department, and the NSW Premier, to scam money from wannabe immigrants, by fast-tracking visas. Talk about getting bang for your buck, (excuse the pun).