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eddie obeid, the hotel lobby and the paddy wagon

Mr Eddie Obeid was once the most powerful man in NSW politics, used to be, now he spends a lot of time talking to lawyers and barristers and defending himself against all sorts of nastiness.

All these allegations, coal mines, blocks of flats, coastal developments .. just a little business he reckons, I have a big family he says, a man has to plan for the future he reckons. I’m a little smarter than you think.

What millions?  What hundreds of millions ? I never signed that paper, I never made that phone call. Never met the bloke, whatsisname, the mining minister, the bloke with no mates.

Mining for coal in the Hunter Valley ? Pull the other one son, I just want to grow flowers up there. What mining leases, what available tenancies, what tenders ?

There are some days when being a bottom rung copper driving a paddy wagon must be the best job in the city, like today, when Eddie and his legal people slid into the lobby of the Sheraton On The Park for a chat and a cup of tea after being monstered by those prosecuting smart-arses who work for ICAC (The Independent Commission Against Corruption). Mr Obeid is not used to being treated like a dimwit, he’s from Lebanon.

And there, sat outside in front of the hotel, in front of the Carrera and the Bentley, was a cop wagon, with a cop in it, and when Mr. Obeid left his party and rang for his car, all he could do was look at the Paddy wagon, and the Constable at the wheel, and imagine the ride the local plod were planning for him at a later date.

They followed him when he drove away, right on his arse, it’s the Australian way.

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  1. Good onya Bowsie, as usual you are on the money, must be the accountant in you. Hope the ATO are also paying attention.

    February 4, 2013
  2. there was a fat pom sitting at a table next to the Obeid party, I offered him fifty bucks to swap seats and all he could do was blink … Stuart Littlemore yakking away, gab gab gab, $3000 an hour, and his legal assistants sitting back laughing loudly and flicking their ties, what a fucking circus.

    February 4, 2013
  3. Ben #

    You mean it’s not only Queensland that has morbidly corrupt, biggotted, shystering, perverted , sly, weasel faced politicians?

    Shiver my timbers, next you will be telling me these vulpine the lawyers gave Mr Obeid advice without fear or favour.

    It’s a dirty old world. Only some can describe the fetid mank behind the shrivelled carcass.

    February 5, 2013
  4. The Honourable Eddie Obeid, holder of The Order of Australia, power broker of the Right faction of the state labor party, hirer and firer of state Premiers … I had to be physically restrained from going over to his table and asking him, just quietly, how he was enjoying his retirement … seems a Mr Jones was the major topic under review at the time. They weren’t eating any cake with their pot of tea either, subliminal that.

    February 5, 2013
  5. Murphy #

    Love your writing. Private wealth, public squalor thanks Eddie.

    February 5, 2013
  6. So that’s you blowing my stats Murphy, only believe half of it mate, I can bullshit like an Irishman.

    February 5, 2013

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