Surely it's only the wafer thin majority of the Turnbull government that it making them want to try to tough it out with Barnaby. (That and the threat that if Labor politicians keep making a fuss, the Coalition will make sure more Labor affairs are outed - what a sleazy tactic.)
The Coalition must know that even if they manage to squeeze past legalistic problems with what went on (his pregnant girlfriend not being his "partner", for example), it still just doesn't smell right.
Reports are saying that the affair did cause problems in his office with other staffers - stressed at keeping his whereabouts a secret from his wife. That and the jobs created for her, said by the Coalition to be something arranged within the National Party and therefore not needing specific approval by Turnbull, might save Turnbull's job but makes the Nationals look complicit. And why accept rent free accommodation from a businessman when you're on
a $400,000 plus salary, and until recently, your new girlfriend was
pulling in $190,000 as well?
Now, I see some guy on Twitter is saying he'll be publishing the story of a 2014 affair with a lobbyist. Miranda Devine already hinted on the weekend that there had been other affairs.
So it is looking very much like Barnaby, good old Catholic conservative Barnaby, has been sleazy for a long time, and when the chickens came home to roost via pregnancy, he made sure the media was stonewalled on all questions asked before and during the by-election campaign as to what was going on.
To top this all off - he's going to be Acting PM next week! What an embarrassing look for the nation.
He is making the whole government look duplicitous, hypocritical and unethical.
And the funny thing is I had warmed to Barnaby a bit over the last couple of years, despite his stupidity on climate change, and other things such as his pork barrelling orced relocation of an Authority to Armidale. Turns out there was no reason to like him, after all.