by JO ABI
So it seems the Prime Minister may have had a dodgy ex boyfriend (more about that shortly).
I will go out on a limb here and say she is not the Lone Ranger here.
As Director of Ipsos Mackay Social Research, Rebecca Huntley tweeted this morning:
“Every woman in Australia has had a dodgy ex boyfriend … The PM had one too, big deal.”
Is there anyone amongst us who has never had a questionable ex-partner? I’ll go first.
My dodgy ex-boyfriend used to ‘borrow’ money from people.
It started off at $40 or $50 and he always pledged to return the money by the end of the day. Then the end of the week. Then… longer.
It took him months to ask me to cough up the funds the first time but after his mum and dad got sick of him failing to properly manage his finances it was my turn I suppose.
I will never forget it.
We spent a lovely day together and he dropped me home. He was half-way down the driveway before he did the whole… “Ah, by the way, can I borrow $50 for tomorrow and I will pay you back?”
It got worse. The sums of money kept increasing and it wasn’t long before the money wasn’t returned as promptly as before. I explained I didn’t want to be his go-to person anymore and he shrugged it off as though he didn’t care.
It wasn’t long before I received a call from a mutual acquaintance asking if I would be so kind as to ask my boyfriend to cough up the almost $2000 he had borrowed months earlier.
Why was he calling me?
By this stage our relationship was hanging on my a thin thread and I was quickly planning my exit strategy but we had been together long enough for people to assume we were getting serious.
When I asked this person why he was calling me he said, “You’re together. My money is supporting your lifestyle.”
Um, yes but I shouldn’t have to be the one to chase it. I didn’t borrow the money and I didn’t want any part of my almost-ex-boyfriend and his irresponsible financial habits. I suppose some of that money paid for the movies and maybe some dinner but I didn’t know. Was I responsible?