Yesterday, Andrew Bolt and his disciples were quick to criticise Kevin Rudd for what they considered an attempt to politicise the death of Sergeant Matthew Locke (to his credit, Bolt later apologised, although I maintain that he should have had the knowledge and professional integrity to avoid such a false accusation in the first place).
Phillip Coorey reports that, while talking on commercial radio yesterday, John Howard took the opportunity to attack Labor for not supporting the Australian involvement in Iraq:
Also yesterday, Mr Howard took a shot at Labor following the death in Afghanistan of the SAS trooper Matthew Locke. Labor supports the war in Afghanistan but not in Iraq. Mr Howard said if it was important to fight terrorists in Afghanistan, “it’s also important to fight terrorists in Iraq”.
Who among the Rightists that were so quick to condemn Kevin Rudd for exploiting a soldier’s death will say the same about John Howard? Will Andrew Bolt acknowledge that this was inappropriate at a time when we should be united in our sorrow and respect for a fallen soldier?