The term rotten borough refers to a parliamentary borough or constituency small in size but large in influence. Disproportionate power of a tiny place still able to elect a lower house candidate or influence the whole Parliament defines the rotten borough beyond its original stricter meaning.
Another term for this sort of consituency is a pocket borough, as they were seen as being "in the pocket" of a patron. This pocket borough concept is alive and well in Australia.
Lyne, the electorate of the closet socialist would-be robber baron Rob Oakeshott, is a classic pocket borough, with Oakeshott doing everything he can to be the patron of the rotten borough.
We have uncovered and exposed his network and the facts are now being "retweeted" in the world of radio, and perhaps sooner or later on television, by mainstream media. Oakeshott is particularly repugnant and even the otherwise on-side media have turned on him- although very gently so far.
A notable exception is Ray Hadley on 2GB and his needling of Oakeshott and repetition of the facts about his patronage system in his electorate could lead to Oakeshott's resignation. That might sound unbelievable but it isn't really. Oakeshott is no genius and it's the opinion of some people in his electorate that his patronage may well have crossed the line somewhere. Even if that opinion is wrong Oakeshott exposed not only his own despicable lack of values but also the valueless desire for power at any costs of the socialist junta led publicly by Gillard.
Keep fighting, email you local politicians, the political leaders, local media, and keep the fire burning for reform. Not what Oakeshott meant by reform- business as usual in sheep's clothing- but real reform and accountability.
THEY WORK FOR US
We will keep fighting, and WE WILL WIN