Sleeping With The Enemy Does Not Pay!

We learned from last week’s news in WA
Sleeping with the enemy does not pay.
Since two ill famed lovers’ recent parting
One of them still is badly smarting.
That’s clear as we hear the details from Adele
Of yet more drunken folly by Troy Buswell.
She seems not driven by this man’s rejection
So much as treachery in our state election.

Remember how this Green MP went to bed,
Not with an honest Labor party red,
But with a Liberal of repute so ‘blue’
At first no one believed the story true?
Then she confessed to her affaire
With Perth’s chair sniffer extraordinaire
Of course, the man was by his Party retained;
Without him government could not be gained.

Her team? They would have expelled the woman, Carles.
There was lots of anger, commentary and snarls.
But she turned Independent, ran for cover,
And supported the party of her lover,
In an open agreement guaranteeing supply
Allegedly with a secret clause whereby
For thus giving them now the upper hand
In future against her the Liberals would not stand.

That all happened in two thousand and ten,
There have been many developments since then.
ALP’s McGurk looks to win Fremantle
Now the Libs are running too and have dismantled
That much earlier commitment to Adele.
Unsurprisingly she’s willing now to tell
About the drunken escapades of her ex
Which reveal such odd proclivities in sex.

Barnett brushes aside as Labor’s ploy
This gossip around his ‘larrikin’ Treasurer Troy.
But tales have emerged about the ‘naughty boy’
So often that this time they really could destroy
All hopes for his government’s re-election.
Will this cause politicians some reflection,
Have them approach with more circumspection
With whom they sleep, confide in and trade affection?

NOTES: Troy Buswell, the scandal prone Treasurer of WA, is in the news again – for something he did over a year ago! But it has only just emerged in the media here, in good time for the up and coming election campaign in the New Year. Even eastern states newspapers featured the story written for our Sunday Times last weekend, 09/12/12, about Treasurer Troy Buswell’s drunken ‘dry-humping’ of a prominent Perth businessman over a year ago. The Sunday Times and the West have followed it up with comment from Premier Barnett defending his Minister from calls by Labor for him to be sacked. Yes, it is disappointing to hear about this, we read, but it happened over a year ago, at a private party, and will not mean he’ll lose his job. After all, said Barnett of his friend and minister…..

“….. Troy, you know, he is described as a larrikin, he lives life on the edge a little bit but he is also a caring and compassionate person.”

Barnett also queried the version of events as told by Adele Carles, the Independent MP for Fremantle, who only last week emerged to tell what she saw of it all when she and now ex-lover Troy were still living together. She features prominently in the reports in print, on line and in a headline creating TV interview on ABC News where she confirmed the dry humping episode which seems to have been a factor in their break up. It is indeed a bizarre tale but it follows other reported examples of bizarre behaviour by the State Treasurer in the past such bra snapping and chair sniffing.

Typically of Liberals throughout Oz we are seeing a shooting of the messenger as Carles is discredited and depicted as unreliable and emotional. Troy is the victim here! Buswell has challenged her account, more or less accused her of lying and is now suing her for defamation. I guess it’s one way to shut her up through the new two months of the state election campaign.

Not that it has so far proved successful as a strategy. Just a week later, 16/12/12, in this weekend’s West Australian has Adele Carles very prominently challenging Troy Buswell’s description of her as a disappointed lover. She is pictured waving around a letter begging her to return to their relationship which she claims broke up because of “”Troy’s alcoholism and psychological issues.” If the Soap Opera continues, she says, more such correspondence will be out in the open. Does he really want that?

Labor has already done its best to remind the public of Buswell’s unsuitability for public office and particularly the awful possibility that he could succeed Colin Barnett as Premier now that the Liberals’ main talent, Christian Porter, has resigned to seek Federal pre-selection. They’ve warned WA voters not to be fooled by his party’s efforts to rehabilitate Buswell’s image for the electorate, but voters in his seat of Vasse seem determinedly loyal to him.

When I first wrote here and at Cafe Whispers about the unlikely affair between Carles and Buswell when it was revealed, I characterised it as “Sleeping With The Enemy” and Sue commented…….

It will be an interesting seat to follow at the next state election.

How right she was!


kezza2, 28/12/12, Patricia WA, That poem’s very clever, considering your political expertise, regarding affairs of the heart. I’d really prefer the Coalition motive was uncovered more overtly. Wishful thinking, huh?

Victoria, 28/12/12, Brilliant. You have explained The state of play in WA perfectly. Very entertaining as well!

Patriciawa, 28/12/12, Hi Victoria and Kezza. I have mixed feelings about Adele Carles. Confessions is pretty straight down the line in condemning her, which I did initially. Fremantle is a very precious Labor seat since forever and I took my rage out on Adele in 2010 as I explain in my updated background notes on Sleeping With The Enemy. Besides the metaphor of ‘scarlet woman’ was too delicious to forego!

But since then I have come to like her and to see how she seems genuinely lost her head and heart in a mid-life crisis. She would have stayed with the Greens had they been less immediately judgemental and willing to help her keep the politics and messiness of two broken marriages separate. There are young children caught up in all that and I see her concientiously delivering hers daily to primary school down the road from here. She has obviously lived to regret her mistake and realized Troy’s nature will not change.

I find what she has to say about the recent humping episode wholly credible and I like her feisty response to Barnett and the Liberal Party which was initially encouraging Buswell to sue her, assuming she would back down. Well she hasn’t. And Barnett is now urging them both to make concessions and give the ‘undignified’ public brawling away. No wonder! It’s doing the Libs more damage than anyone expected. She’s given an unwavering version of events from the beginning. We’ve all made mistakes in our personal lives which wouldn’t look too good sensationalised in the modern media. Besides Labor will win Fremantle back! So my pome today reflects a rather different perspective. Here’s how I saw it then…….

Meera 31/12/12, Hi Patricia, it was nice to meet you the other day. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, we share similar political views. When you are passing, and if you have time, pop in for a cuppa. Best regards, Meera

Patricia and Tacker walked past my door,
I said hello, though I hadn’t seen them before.
I told her I’m new to the street and don’t know
Any of my neighbours and it’s causing some woe.
She said you’ll meet others in the nearby homes,
But meanwhile, contact me at polliepomes.


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