Socialist Left lawyer Laura Smyth has annointed herself to be front-runner for Evan Thornley’s upper house vacancy in today’s Herald Sun.
This has triggered howls of laughter from patriots familiar with the eccentric woman’s path to power within the Andrew Giles/Alan Griffin sub-faction of the Socialist Left.
A source who has worked with her in the past condemned her today as a neurotic ultra-left loon who had trouble forming personal relationships.
“She hasn’t had a boyfriend that any of us know about and doesn’t bat for the other side either. She’s weird,” the source explained about the possibly asexual Labor lawyer who is militantly single.
At work, she’s apparently not much fun either, terrorising underlings and struggling to form productive relationships with others including clients.
Described by one observer familiar with her legal career as a “legal Bedouin”, she has worked in a large number of law firms including her current gig at Holding Redlich, previously at Deacons, where she left on bad terms and at least two other employers. At some other point, while between legal gigs, the wandering minstrel worked in Alan Griffin’s office, holding her nose while among the branch-stackers and the Lee Tarlamis.
Other views about the self-promoting Smyth say that she is academically smart but struggles to relate to people without forming quick and nasty judgements.
In her defence, friends say she is an enthusiastic consumer of duck, with a particular fondness for supping on Peking Duck at client expense. Yum.
While in the “soft” part of the Socialist Left, Smyth is regarded by factional brethren as strident, harsh, unforgiving, hard-faced, witch-like and hardline. Local party members say she finds fault with even the kindest and gentlest of Labor Unity folk including local moderate activists Steve Perryman, Race Mathews and Burwood MLA Bob Stensholt. For all her self-righteousness about the Right, she doesn’t attend branch meetings or any other party functions despite being elected to State Conference as #1 on the SL ticket.
“The only thing she cares about is representing herself and clearly intends to use the southern metropolitan position to get another, better seat from her factional overlords” one critic explained this morning.
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Senior Spring Street sources condemned Smyth’s self-promotion and told VEXNEWS they thought it highly unlikely she would get the nod:
“If the law and politics doesn’t work out, Smyth clearly has got what it takes to run a women’s prison, perhaps Bob Cameron could organise something for her.”