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A very flawed and biased telling of the events surrounding the toppling of Malcolm Turnbull
19 September 2019
M/s Savva might be a darling of the Right but her history of the decline and fall of Malcolm Turnbull and the rise of Scott Morrison is flawed on a number of levels. Firstly, is her vitriol laden bias against all things ALP (Australian Labor Party). She is unable, it seems, to throw off her persona of being a senior adviser to former Prime Minister John Howard, who was defeated by Kevin Rudd. When he was toppled in a coup similar to that which faced Malcolm Turnbull, he is described as "blubbering", a descriptor which might be considered more apt for Liberal government in the wake of its ousting of Turnbull. She describes virtually all members of the government as being unable to stop crying--at least one claiming he cried for a fortnight. Reading the concluding sections of Plots and Prayers so many tears are shed we are left wondering if the inundation of so much salt water has adversely impacted the physical, integrity Canberra's Parliament House as much as the moral integrity of those within it.
In an apparent rush to get into print we are presented with another glaring flaw with her reflection on history. When one undertakes to write a history surely there's an obligation to check readily identifiable historical facts. The book really lost me with the claim that the Spanish ran rampant over the Aztecs in Peru. The facts are quite simple: between 1518 and 1522 Cortez defeated the Mexica--the people of Mexico who formed the southern region of the then Aztec empire, The Aztecs are believed to have been a wandering tribe from Aztlan and there is no historical evidence to believe that they were ever in what is now Peru. That empire of the Inca was defeated by Pizarro over a decade after the overthrow of the Aztecs. This is just basic, readily available history yet M/s Savva wasn't bothered to check her data. A minor matter, perhaps, but one which reflects poorly on her journalistic capabilities where research and fact checking is important.