What a glorious few days it has been: the state member for Newcastle – Tim Owens – has resigned from parliament after admitting to receiving bribes and lying to the Independent Commission Against Corruption about it. The member for the neighbouring seat of Charlestown – Andrew Cornwall – has also resigned. And now our much-hated Lord Mayor – Jeff McCloy - has resigned before being pushed. He was the millionaire property developer doling out paper bags stuffed full of thousands of dollars to the above-mentioned ‘pro-business’ politicians. Nice to see the doyens of the ruling class – the ‘Newcastle Godfathers’ – copping a few bleeding noses and black eyes. Actually, it merely makes it obvious that the business of capital is no different from organised crime.

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