Such were my feelings as I watched this last night:
Back in 2007 I had mentioned the key events before: Sydney Boys High School 1955.
The god-like Fifth Form students — High School only went to Year 11 then — included quite a few who became, well, god-like figures…
One of THE most god-like to us in 1955 was Marcus Einfeld, son of Jewish Labor Party politician Sydney (Syd) Einfeld and his wife Billie. He did indeed go on to a distinguished career, and it is sad to read what is befalling him at this time. Just what he did remains to be tested, but if proven it really would make you wonder why on earth he did it, as Legal Eagle does in How the mighty may fall.
It is doubly sad because Einfeld was so often on the side of the angels, as in this talk in 2001…
Many on the Right will feel most self-satisfied if Einfeld’s peculiar attitude to speeding fines is proven in court. I will feel sad that my boyhood hero has feet of clay, but I still won’t discount his intellect or achievement over that half century.
Now he is in jail.
See also Legal Eagle today: The final ignominy.
Update 26 March
It is hard to imagine a stronger contrast with Legal Eagle’s judicious and critical but still charitable post than Miranda Devine in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. She is positively crowing.
I say the good the man did – and he did much – remains good, whatever the faults or indeed crimes of the man.