Journalism

Jan 31, 2013

Latham’s Henderson Watch: Gerard reinvents history class

How can the Sydney Institute's board turn a blind eye to the embarrassing ineptitude of its ageing executive director? Gerard Henderson deserves a well-earned break, of the permanent variety.

Mark Latham

Political commentator and former Labor leader

As I opened my Sydney Morning Herald today, it confirmed the worst fears of Henderson Watch.  It is becoming impossible to keep up with the frantic pace of Hendo-Howlers from Gerard Henderson. He's making errors faster than Kevin Rudd is organising photo opportunities in storm-hit Brisbane. That's fast.

Gerard Henderson's record-setting efforts deserve international recognition. Ski jumping has Eddie the Eagle. Swimming has Eric the Eel. Now politics has Hendo the Howler, with his incredible five errors in one Media Watch Dog paragraph. Since Machiavelli was a boy, perhaps no one in the recorded history of political commentary has been so incompetent.

Not surprisingly, big questions are being asked in Phillip Street, Sydney. How can the Sydney Institute continue to fund this kind of stupidity? How can the Institute's board turn a blind eye to the embarrassing ineptitude of its ageing executive director? Henderson deserves a well-earned break, of the permanent variety.

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5 thoughts on “Latham’s Henderson Watch: Gerard reinvents history class

  1. klewso

    “Eagle”, “Eel”?
    “Howler”? Isn’t a form of life? “Hyena” is.

    [Unless of course it’s a “Howler monkey”? ……?]

  2. zut alors

    I find it hard to get past the name, The Sydney Institute. It suggests a gloomy gothic 19th century sanitorium where the feeble-minded take shelter and are taken into care to protect themselves and society.

  3. AR

    Am I incorrect in ‘remembering’ that the Sydney Institute split from the IPA back in the 80s when the meretricious mendacists of the neocon/white shoe brigade were agitating against HawKeating & the OzCard?
    And I remain curious to know who funds those two sheltered workshops for undead zealots of the Chicago Skool,or at least WHY? Can’t be value for money – some sort of tax deduction perhaps?

  4. mikeb

    The anticipation of another dissection of “Hendo” always leaves me trembling. I need to book a session with Dr Phil.

  5. Mk8adelic

    Please stay on the case, I find Henderson’s obvious bias intolerable.

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