Does anyone really care if SA Premier Mike Rann had an affair? Like the John Della Bosca affair, it should have stayed a matter for the people involved to sort out. From what I understand, Michelle Chantelois’ estranged husband Richard Phillips had been shopping the story around to journos for years, but it’s unclear if he was trying to hurt her or him. The justification for reporting it now is that Phillips whacked Rann around the head with a rolled-up magazine and now it’s a criminal matter. But I don’t buy it.
”I don’t want people to feel sorry for me,” Ms Chantelois said, ”because I have made my bed and I have to lie in it. But Mike Rann used me to stroke his own ego and pride and unlike me he has suffered no consequences.”
How does getting very public revenge on the man you had an affair with mean “I have made my bed and I have to lie in it”?
The line of questioning on Sunday Night (never watched it, but apparently it’s on Channel Seven) takes the responsibility away from her and onto him:
It was clear to him that you were a married woman with a young child, living in Adelaide quite happily? “Yes.”
“He asked if I would like to go back to his office as he wanted to kiss me. I didn’t say no, I didn’t say no and that was the start of my nightmare.”
Just to be clear here, she’s not saying he raped her. She’s saying she had an affair with him when she was married and he was single and any “consequences” she’s suffered are all his fault.
I’m not going to speculate on who is lying – clearly one of them is – beceause I don’t care. If he had skipped Cabinet meetings to see her then it becomes newsworthy, but the revelation that a single man had consensual sex with someone else (because that’s what this is about, not that she was married) is hardly front page news. With their private lives now being reported on, who’d want to be a politician? You’d have to decide pretty early on that you’d never drink, never take drugs, never have sex, and never know anyone who has done any of these things.