All of them, as well as my good self, spent every waking moment of those days trying to think of a way of saving Sam.

Thus speaketh Richo in the Oz, on the occasion of Dasher's demise -- a reminder, once again, that you don't always want the Sage of the Inn of Celestial Happiness BYO coming to your public defence. Richo reels off a list of the New South Wales Labor Right great and good rushing to Sam's side during these fraught days, reminding us afresh the degree to which Dastyari was a beneficiary of the very process he denounced years ago: the control of the ALP by tight cabals, often family-interconnected. In Dastyari's corner, Richardson reminds us, was "Peter Barron" his father-in-law and a player in the Wran and Hawke governments.