Evan Thornley’s father Jim has undermined the Labor MP’s cover story explaining his refusal of a senior Cabinet post and decision to suddenly leave the Parliament.Â He told the Warrnambool Standard:
“I heard someone on the radio this morning say that he’s chasing the big dollars by leaving politics, which is absolute rubbish.Â Why would he want to? Evan’s already established himself financially.”
Good point. He also offered an insight into Thornley’s character explaining:
“Evan has been quite consistent with his direction in life; he’s not a humble man but he’s tough.”
The loyal – if painfully honest – father – who left Thornley’s mama Phoebe years ago causing considerable tension between the two – defended his son’s decision:
“Like most people, it comes as a surprise to me but I’m sure Evan has made the right decision,” he said.Â “Evan’s always had a social conscience and been a great believer in social equality so I’m sure whatever he takes on it will be shaped by those views,” Mr Thornley said.
Loyal words indeed and you can’t help but commend him for that but his assertion of Evan Thornley’s great belief in social equality is perhaps somewhat undermined by Evan’s naked lusting for loot, his abusive and exploitative relationships with employees at Â company Looksmart where its annual reports boasted how “none of its employees are members of a trade union” Â and his notorious use of Barbados tax haven companies in an infamous failed joint venture with the telco BT. Informants have recently told VEXNEWS that Thornley has used other aggressive tax planning structures that could be the subject of investigation.
If the press speculation and gossip around town is correct, it is understood Thornley will be involved in some kind of French all-electric car manufacturing concern that plans to set up here, with car industry insiders pointing to companies linked to French billionaires Vincent BollorÃ© and Serge Dassault as having active plans for the Australian market. Renault also has an electric car and has recently done a deal in Israel, so that’s a possibility too. It’s well worth noting these plans – in France at least – depend on huge handouts from taxpayers to make them viable. That’s perhaps where Thornley was meant to help out. A senior government source has told VEXNEWS that concern about Thornley’s current and potential conflicts of interest have been the subject of discussion between Thornley and other government figures.
Being a big salaried car company executive is perfectly fine with us but it might make papa Thornley squirm in his sandals:
Mr Thornley said he and his first wife were actively involved in politics during the Vietnam War years which (he claimed) moulded young Evan’s political perspective and social conscience.
Selfish baby boomer values have not been so ably represented in a living human being, so he’s half right, at one level.