What is most disturbing about the PM's reported comments that 'broadcaster' Alan Jones would never voice prejudice, is the sense of "death wish" about it.
Howards comments are all the more extraordinary in the face of a finding of The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that Jones had promoted violence by encouraging a biker gang to go to Cronulla and deal with "Lebanese thugs" and "scum" as a prelude to the Cronulla riots.
The PM says that Jones says what a lot of Australians think, and offeres this as a justification. It is no doubt true. But hardly a justification in a temperate society.
Aah, I forgot, we put the language of temperance aside as we tend towards the infinity of an election.
So, maybe it is not Johnnie's death wish we are witnessing but my own.
I think I am saying what a lot of people are thinking.!