Sophies Choice

Posted: October 3, 2011 in Politics, Strange And Silly Tales

Here in Australia we are going through a mining boom. iron ore is worth Billions to our economy, as is coal and many other resources.

With the financial turmoil the world has been witnessing of late, the gold price has soared, making gold mining a very good business to be in. This has also made things a little more exciting for the weekend prospector.

The weekend prospector, nobody minds them, you see them on the beaches in Summer with their metal detectors, looking for lost jewellery and 20cent pieces. They may be a bit geeky, but at least they aren’t hurting anyone.

There is however one type of prospector that nobody likes, the Golddigger.

The Golddigger, sometimes referred to as the Homewrecker, is someone who preys upon someone else for their money by forming a romantic relationship with them. Basically making themselves a prostitute without the time off.

 Typically the victim is a man, who is rich, but aging. There have been some female victims, but it is predominantly men.

 One of the most famous cases of a Golddigger was the late Anna Nicole Smith. Anna was a Hollywood “train wreck”, a Playboy centerfold who saw her chance to set herself up for life when she met J Howard Marshall, a Multi Millionaire who seemed centuries her senior and certain to die shortly. They quickly married and when Marshall died, Anna hit the jackpot, the rest is history.

 The Golddigger uses whatever charm she can conjur up, to put the victim under her spell. A typical scenario would be a desperate 25 year old female coming on to a 65 year old man, who has lost most of his marbles, but kept most of his cash.

 The case I will go into today, is just that scenario, and it involves a public figure known for being larger than life in every aspect. She has an immense ego, a gigantic mouth that is always spitting venom, and seems to have large ambitions beyond her means.

Her name is Sophie Mirabella. She is a vocal member of the Liberal Party, Tony Abbotts “Party Of No”, she is an absolute “train wreck” of a politician. She is also a frontbencher, and the Liberal spokesperson for Innovation, Industry, and Science.

Sophies pot of gold, was a man by the name of Colin Howard, a prominent and popular Liberal Party figure from last century. If Colin was Sophies age today, then Sophie would be 3 years old, such is the age difference. Sophie formed a strange relationship with Colin which resulted in her receiving huge financial gains, as well as being directly responsible for her being in the position she is today politically. The downside to it all, is that Colin’s children became completely shut out of his life until the very end, allegedly by his own wishes, and also of course shut out of the will. When Colin Howard died in a nursing home on September 2nd this year, he died alone.

Sophie first entered Colin’s life back in 1994 when Sophie was 26. Colin, who was then 66 years old, was a QC nearing the end of his career. If Sophie craved a father figure as a partner, she would have chosen someone 20 years younger, with a 40 year age difference it must have seemed like dating her grandfather. I don’t even want to imagine the sex.

Within a year of meeting they were living together, however the nature of the relationship was kept hidden from Sophies family. The couple even went to the extent of leasing a flat, where Sophie could pretend to live if her family visited.

 In the year 2000, Sophie moved to Wangaratta in a bid for preselection to enter politics.

 Sophie had told Colin , by then  72 years old, that should she win, he would have a place in her staff. At his age, I can imagine, Colin would have been keen to be near someone who cared for him as much as possible.

 Colin loaned her a vehicle for her campaign, and also covered campaign costs of $100,000 to assist her in winning the seat.

Once Sophie had won the seat, and there was no longer the need for campaign funding, Sophie decided there was no place for Colin in her staff, and shortly after Sophie was in a relationship with another man.

Colin, went back to living a lonely life, most of his friends had vanished and his only companions were his 2 children, Mervyn and Lesley.

Living a life of extreme loneliness, I am quite sure that Colin would have been holding a candle for the woman he loved and cared for. This was demonstrated when he showed up to her wedding in 2006 nearly 4 hours early, like a desperate man with his arms outstretched.

Sophie had kept in touch with Colin during the few years between her marriage to Greg Mirabella, and her separation with Colin. It would seem that Sophie had good reason to keep the independently wealthy Colin close.

Later in 2006, Mervyn Howard became concerned that Sophie was holding a strange influence over his father, who was at that stage showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. He based these concerns on conversations with his father.

Mervyn soon discovered that instead of giving Sophie and Greg a blender or a toaster as a wedding gift, Colin had instead given them $100,000, which they used as a downpayment to purchase a house.

Ask yourself this, if you were human, would you accept a $100,000 gift from an ex who was suffering from Alzheimer’s? Most wouldn’t…

Concerned about the cost of medical care for his father, as Colin was clearly going to be needing special attention for the remainder of his life, Mervyn sent Sophie an email. The email questioned whether Sophie and her husband thought it was moral to accept such a gift from someone who would need money for their future care.

Mervyn later received a typed letter, with a signature similar to his fathers, stating that he wanted no future contact from his children, Mervyn and Lesley. The letter was allegedly from Colin, but there is no way of knowing for sure.

Mervyn later found, that by this stage, his father Colin had done something both unexpected, and strange. Colin, just as his Alzheimer’s was setting in, had signed full power of attorney for medical and financial matters over to Sophie. She was not not only a beneficiary of Colin’s will, but the executor of it also.

How many people do you know that would hand control of their lives and money to an ex girlfriend, rather than their own family?

Mervyn and Lesley lost track of their father at this point, he disappeared from view. Their attempts to get in touch with Sophie were fruitless, as she wouldn’t return any of their numerous calls.

As it turned out, Colin was living  400 metres from the Mirabella’s, in a farmhouse that Sophie was leasing for him, as she now had control of his finances. At this stage Colin was unable to wash or clean his teeth, he was incontinent and unable to look after himself.

Sophie of course, was too busy to look after a needy patient, she had trouble to stir in Federal Opposition with her Liberal colleagues, so Greg would take care of Colin.

We are to believe that Greg Mirabella visited his wife’s ex boyfriend 4 times a day, bathed him, brushed his teeth, and must have changed his bedding due to in incontinence several times (at least one hopes so). Sophie would do the same when she was at home, according to her.

Colin finally resurfaced into his children’s lives, when at long last Sophie called Lesley. This call was not for any noble reasons though, merely to point out that Colin was in hospital after a fall, and was not expected to survive the day.

According to Sophie, Colin had fallen over. From this alleged fall, Colin had the usual injuries one gets when they fall over, a severe fever, concussion, a collapsed lower lung, a urinary tract infection, and he also ended up in the usual coma that someone falls into after a stumble…. Wow, I guess he must have fallen off a cliff…

Miraculously Colin pulled through, and his reunion with his children was an emotional one, and rather than saying he didn’t want to see them, he thanked them profusely for coming to see him.

In April 2010, after many attempts by Mervyn and Lesley Howard to seek answers to the questions they had regarding their fathers medical, and financial affairs, Sophie lawyered up. Sophie told Colin’s children that their fathers finances, his will, and his power of attorney were private matters, and none of their business.

On September 2 this year, Colin Howard QC died, survived by his 2 children Mervyn and Lesley, children who until Sophie Mirabella arrived on the scene, had a fantastic relationship with their father.

Now, as any children would, Mervyn and Lesley are looking for answers to some serious questions. Questions over their fathers care whilst at the farmhouse, questions over injuries from his alleged fall, questions over their fathers finances, and of course questions over their fathers will.

As Sophie Mirabella refuses to answer anything on the matter, the whole sordid saga looks as though it will be played out in court.

It is worth noting, that both of Colin’s children are not seeking money, both are well off.  In fact both have stated that any money that they may receive as a result of contesting their fathers will, they will donate to charity, something Sophie won’t offer of course.

This whole saga made me think of a good idea for a novel and a movie script though. A story about a man kept prisoner in a farmhouse where nobody knew where he was. Held by a crazy woman who made him write whatever she wanted written, under threat of beatings or holding back necessary  medication. Unfortunately, I realised, it’s already been done.

For those of you who will say this is a private matter, there are a couple of things to note. Firstly, remember this is Sophie Mirabella, one of the fastest to make personal attacks on political opponents, no matter how sensitive the issue. Secondly, Sophie has breached electoral laws. Any donation over $1,500 must be declared, Sophie took well in advance of 60 times that amount and did not declare it, this matter will now be under investigation, and if found guilty, it will be the second time Sophie has been found guilty committing  the exact same offence.

 There are those of you who will also say that I am being unfair, and cruel to compare Sophie Mirabella to Anna Nicole Smith, and I guess in a way they are right.

Anna at least had the decency to marry her man, Anna never went out of her way to break up her man’s family, and of course Anna stayed with her man until the end.

Anna clearly has some things that our Sophie lacks. They would be class, integrity, and a sense of decency.

There is a word for people like Sophie, actually there are several in my opinion… however based on the sorry saga presented above, there is only one of them fit to print, and that is Trash.

 

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Comments
  1. hillbillyskeleton says:

    Another three words that are probably safe to print are heartless,souless bitch. Now, if this were an ALP MP the media would be all over it like a rash, but what do we get instead? *crickets* Just goes to show what a corrupt,venal government the media, led by the venal Murdoch lot, want to brainwash the electorate into voting for.

    • wixxy says:

      Actually in their defense, it was reported by News Ltd, here is a link http://bit.ly/paAvZ5 but it was not pounded into us like it would have been if it were a Labor MP. The whole saga also was totally ignored by the television media, and why? The story has all the dream ingredients for a tv report. I can’t believe that this story was left to die off….
      The press should hang their heads for letting this one go…

  2. Alan R says:

    I hope she sues the fuck out of you for even posting this.

    • wixxy says:

      Thanks Alan, it is always good to hear a balanced comment from the other side.
      She is already facing court on it, I don’t believe she will want any extra attention on it.
      I have also not written anything that has not been reported by News Ltd and Fairfax publications.
      Being a policeman, judging from your email address, were you aware that your language would get you arrested in Victoria? Just one of the many leaps backward by a Liberal govt in Vic….
      Thnaks Alan, I appreciate the feedback

    • Hey Alan R, dont suppose your a Sophie supporter are you, and where the fuck does a copper get off using his official position and mailbox to post comment such as yours. Wixxy should forward it to the relevant complaint authority for consideration as clearly you are a low grade low brow abuser of your official position. Shame on you for even considering doing such on a public forum.

    • Catching up says:

      What has been printed that is not public knowlwedge.

      Why has not the lady defended herself.

      Why are not the press asking her or the Opposition leader questions.

      They appeared together today. Not one question asked.

    • Peter Johnson says:

      Lovely language Alan but he did not defame her she did that.

  3. Eloquent old son, very nicely put together, succinct even.
    What a four star bitch she is, and yet wheres the inquiry into campaign funding and her conduct in obtaining such monies under those circumstances.

  4. Ideflitch says:

    What an eye opener! No wonder the Murdoch press played the whole thing down. We had election by media and we have been having government by media ever since the Labor party won office. The bias, half truths and outright lies the Opposition and the Murdoch press have been spewing out have changed voters perception of our Government. So much so, that no one has any real understanding of what the government has actually been doing for the benefit of this country. God help us if Tony Abbott and Sophie Mirabella ever hold the reigns of government in this country. Prostitution is the name for their ambition. Didn’t Abbott say that he would do anything but sell his arse nto become Prime Minister? Then he is alledged to have said that he would still consider it if necessary. What a mangy mob they are!!

  5. Miglo says:

    Brilliant article wixxy. Blogs like this tell the stories the MSM don’t give a damn about. Oops, I mean the MSM doesn’t want their mindless readers to give a damn about.

  6. midcoast says:

    So what …the older guy was happy with her so whats the big deal .
    Jealous are you .Oh btw maybe the guy despised his family……the famliy do not tell you everything

    • wixxy says:

      Jealous? You are clever, you got me in one…..

      You are right, the family do not tell you everything, however Sophie is telling us nothing….

      We will see what news court brings

    • Catching up says:

      The lady was so proud of the relationship that she took great actions to hide it from her family.

      Sorry, there are many questions to be answered that go to the character of the lady.

      Have you ever followed the attacks she makes on others within the coward’s castle.

      There is notheing that is too low or spiteful, that she is not capable of.

  7. Sue says:

    Just read the comment about “policeman” and email address and would like to add that I have read the Vic govt was having a few problems with a certain minister, minister assistants and former police officers.

  8. Rosie says:

    there’s more to find out about a certain minister for police if the suppression orders by the courts were ever listed. What an unholy pair are visited on the good people of north east victoria.

  9. Sue says:

    Wixxy
    Did you notice at Abbott’s press stunt today, Sophie was standing along side him. Yet no one asked Abbott if he had full confidence in Mirabella. Makes you wonder why.

  10. Sue says:

    What is it with the pollies and their assistants in the Wodonga area.

    A STAFF member for parliamentary secretary for police and emergency services Bill Tilley has resigned after a bomb hoax in federal Parliament last month.
    Tony Tynan quit last week, reportedly the last day of his three-month probation at Mr Tilley’s Wodonga electorate office

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hoax-staff-member-lashes-out-at-abc-20111005-1l9o0.html#ixzz1ZwOPXSfv

  11. Catching up says:

    Maybe they represent the people of the region. After all they elected them in.

  12. Roger Grealy says:

    Sophie Mirabella is an industrial psychopath; whenever she has been on Q&A or similar she is so rude , talking over others, interrupting; wish she would go away.

  13. […] night on Q & A we saw Sophie Mirabella getting all high and mighty. Sophie is also facing civil proceedings in a bizarre case which finds […]

  14. […] night on Q & A we saw Sophie Mirabella getting all high and mighty. Sophie is also facing civil proceedings in a bizarre case which finds […]

  15. Umberto Ledfooti says:

    It’s worth revisiting this piece of Wixxy’s brilliance in light of what happened recently on ABC-TV’s QandA, because it highlights the fact that Sophie Mirabella is the last person you’d want at your side if you’re not in perfect health.

  16. […] only other female member of Abbott’s front bench is Sophie Mirabella. Sophie is a real charmer, just ask the children of the late John Howard QC, they’ll be happy to tell you what a class act Sophie is, or you can judge for yourself by her […]

  17. […] only other female member of Abbott’s front bench is Sophie Mirabella. Sophie is a real charmer, just ask the children of the late Colin Howard QC; they’ll be happy to tell you what a class act Sophie is, or you can judge for yourself by her […]

  18. silkworm says:

    Golddigging is bad enough, but what is worse is her leading an angry mob of anti-carbon price nutjobs outside Albanese’s office. That was a disgraceful abuse of the democratic process, even considering that as an MP she has the use of parliament to debate her enemies and air her grievances.

    I thought it was extremely brave of Albanese to attempt to address these nutjobs. Craig Thomson accused Abbott of being the leader of a lynch mob, but Mirabella is even more dangerous than Abbott, IMO.

    And Opposition Spokesperson for Science? For fuck’s sake. She is the Queen of the Stupid.

  19. […] have not read anything in the media about the civil charges laid against Sophie Mirabella in regards to the late Colin Howard’s finances, for instance, and I know one of the reasons for this ― there is no such thing as “civil […]

  20. […] have not read anything in the media about the Civil Charges laid against Sophie Mirabella in regards to the late Colin Howard’s finances for instance, and I know one of the reasons for this, there is no such thing as Civil […]

  21. John O'Callaghan says:

    I had heard stories about this Mirabella woman but as a first time reader of Wixxyleaks i was appalled at first by what i have just read,but then i realised it fits in perfectly with what the Coalition front bench [ and some of the back as well ] stand for.
    There is no point in me raving about the MSM and the morally bankrupt far right extremists ,for i imagine the majority who reads this site hold the same view,but my question is,what the bloody hell are we going to do about it?,i may be wrong but if enough people know the truth,is it just a simple process of using the ballot box ,and going by todays polls which are showing a trend ,which is an important gauge which should not be ignored,and lets face it,Labor are not without sin but my God ,any one who votes for the Coalition really needs to question their morals ,sense of decency,integrity,sense of fair play,and above all,their sanity.

    • Peter Johnson says:

      Hit the streets and tell other people that if Abbott has no policies and will not debate then he is worth a vote love to see him lose his seat like Howard before him Sophie and Julie what a useless mob.

  22. Luisa says:

    This was all a year or so ago .. has there been any outcome regarding the court decision? Also, WHY IS THIS NOT DRUMMED INTO US LIKE THOMSON’S BOWEL HABITS ARE?

  23. […] Sophies Choice. […]

  24. artemistic says:

    It’s fairly common that they prevent those they are in a relationship with, not to have anything to do with their family. It’s a fairly common trait. It makes you also wonder how often he would have been in the care of a doctor. I don’t know too many husbands who would have anything to do with their wives exes. They used to be called black widows spiders. I dare say it was settled out of court ? She wouldn’t have wanted any publicity over it. I certainly would never vote for someone like that.

  25. poljim says:

    Politics is a strange world but it concerns me greatly that more and more questionable things just slide by without action, often without comment. I can’t be alone when I see these things and say surely that can’t be right, surely that will be looked into. But they aren’t.

    I don’t remember now when it was that we believed these things were being taken care of, it’s a while ago now. A time when we saw something and didnt create a big stink because we knew in a short time, an inquiry would be called or action taken. In fact if others can remember back then, it was common that the first we heard of something rotten occurring was in a news bulletin or front page piece that also included what action was being taken.

    Such and such caught doing…. Minister asked to respond, minister stated he she was shocked and an immediate inquiry has been called, resignation, suspension etc It took a while before people started to realise this was no longer the case, the first people were labelled conspiracy theorists, as the group grew they were labelled loony etc and now they’re pretty much defined as the people from the independent media.

    The media would prefer they were thought of as loony or conspiracy mad, a few Greens (mostly for some reason, possibly because they love a personal put down & snype) are helpful by attacking anyone who reads brave new media willing to question these things. But for my part the only people who’ve actually said hold on rewind this isn’t right, it isn’t acceptable are people like our friend Wicks here and such as IA, and for what it’s worth I think they’re going to have the last laugh when quite a few more of these things ends up in court.

  26. Maryn Kerr says:

    It’s a fair enough tale to tell, but your pretty implicit suggestion that Sophie and Greg left Colin to lie in his own shit, followed by an even lower and unjustified allegation of deliberate foul play concerning Colin’s injuries does your piece no favours and simply colours it with your obvious bias.
    In the end a neutral reader simply dismisses it as a hateful and rather immature rant. You wouldn’t be current political party member would you? Either side – the country is unfortunately full of nastiness of a rather appalling level at the moment. Be nice to read an article that rises above personal barbs and allows a reader the opportunity to reflect and decide for themselves.

    • wixxy says:

      I’m quite open about being an ALP member
      The views expressed about her alleged mistreatment of Mr Howard were based on the views of the children of the deceased and reported in the press at the time

  27. Rachel says:

    Rot in hell Mirabella.

  28. Innocent Bystander says:

    The real issue is that Sophie Mirabella is poised to become a senior Cabinet Minister and her personal life will always be scrutinised. For someone with high ambition, she should demonstrate impeccable credentials and the relationship with the late Mr Howard does seem irregular, to say the least.

  29. […] His children returned to find their father on death’s door having spent two years being looked after by Mirabella and her husband on a farm property. His physical and mental health were in a catastrophic state and his power of attorney had been signed over to his minder, Sophie Mirabella. Colin died shortly afterwards. The whole sordid saga can be read via this link. […]

  30. cattycakes64 says:

    She is vile, a hideous blight on humanity. I hope her negative karma is delivered in spades. I dearly hope she loses what she was most: power.

  31. dean says:

    The Greeks understand her better than many Australians and they find her amusing to say the least.

    She has inherited the biggest ethnic chip on her shoulder from her parents..

    First generation migrants like her are the worst case of Multiculturalism.

    She has an unbalanced view that is another case of the child of a migrant that uses politics to fill that void …

    Its sad really…a greek tragedy with hubris and nemesis

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