After the Times of London reported the scandal that the Fiji Times has studiously avoided and took it global, it was inevitable that the Lynda Tabuya– Aseri Radrodro “brutal” sex tryst in Room 233 of the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne was going to hit the Australian media and sure enough, it is now making news.
This story in the country’s most authoritative newspaper, The Australian, is undoubtedly just the start of a great deal of media interest in Oz, not just because of the shenanigans in Melbourne but because the Great Temptress of Fijian politics is eye-candy on five continents.
It is only a matter of time before the tabloid media gets hold of a story that has it all – sex, lies, drugs and betrayal, including of the Fijian people by their own Prime Minister, who exonerated the two lovers well before any attempt was made to establish the truth of what had happened. Because The Australian is a serious paper, its principal concern is strategic – the stability of the Coalition government in Fiji at a time when Canberra sees it as a bulwark against the Chinese. But we can be sure that it will be the sex and the drugs that gets more attention in the tabloids.
The mounting interest makes it impossible for the belated PAP inquiry into Lynda’s conduct to produce a quick whitewash. And it is now established fact that Lynda’s claim that it is “fake news generated by artificial intelligence” is nonsense. Grubsheet features in The Australian’s story because Lynda Tabuya went to the e-safety authorities in Oz telling them not that the images we published were fake but that Grubsheet didn’t have her consent to share them. Which axiomatically means they are genuine and it is her in the leaked photos.
Bad move. The PAP inquiry has just gone up another notch and exoneration is now out of the question if the Coalition is to have any credibility with the electorate. (See our earlier story “Lynda’s Lasulasu, Jhoot” )
NOTE: In the way of these things, The Australian gets one fact wrong. Aseri didn’t take the pictures of Lynda. She sent them to him and they were accessed from his mobile phone.