His former Labor mates have little good to say about Mark Latham. At least nothing they’re willing to say on record.
Latham led Labor to the 2004 federal election defeat. Now he’s reportedly ready to announce he’s joining Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Latham will reveal on Wednesday he’ll lead the NSW branch of the party, but won’t be on the Senate ticket.
‘You’ve only just got to watch this space,’ Mr Latham told 2GB radio on Tuesday when he was questioned about joining One Nation.
A number of minor political parties have been courting Mr Latham, including the Liberal Democrats.
Former Tasmanian Labor premier David Bartlett called him a ‘sick, sad, sorry loser’ after the news broke.
‘This will end badly as (Mr Latham) is either unwell, a massive narcissist or dumb as a box of hammers (or all three),’ Mr Bartlett tweeted.
Mr Latham led Labor to a solid defeat against John Howard in 2004, and he quit federal parliament in 2005.
He claims he was sacked as a columnist for the Australian Financial Review in 2015 for making offensive comments on Twitter about Rosie Batty, whose ex-husband murdered her son in a violent public attack, and other female journalists.
Mr Latham was also sacked from Sky News after just four months co-hosting a show, due to offensive comments about fellow Sky presenters and the teenage daughter of the Reserve Bank governor.
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The Australian Tribune with AAP