Footage of Julia Gillard in Canberra being dragged by a security detachment to a waiting car went viral yesterday. At one stage, she was running neck and neck for top viewing on the BBC website with George Clooney.
There will be an investigation, endless analysis and blame – but the image of the stumbling PM was probably more striking than anything that may follow. And the image reminded me of another picture, in grainy black and white, of another woman dragged across the bitumen by solid men without necks, and losing a shoe in the process – Evdokia Petrova, nearly 60 years ago. Continue reading