Former high court justice Dyson Heydon (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

What, you’re surprised that The Australian is running a full scale defence of Dyson Heydon?

He is a white (tick), conservative (tick), powerful (swoon, tick) man (duh) who’s been accused of serial sexual offending (come in spinner).

From Heydon himself, via his lawyers, a denial of any wrongdoing, expression of regret for any misunderstandings and some passive-aggressive jabs at the legal process by which his reputation was undone.