The Art of the Australian Insult

Alexander Downer goes into the garden to eat worms
July 14, 2008, 3:18 am
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“History will judge him on how he handled the big issues. And he was found wanting.”

Ashley Cooper, letter to the SMH, on Alexander Downer. A couple of readers were not impressed with Downer’s complaint that the media is anti-conservative.

“Alexander Downer says public commentary is “rich with abuse” and “blatantly anti-conservative”. Let me throw up a few terms: elites, chardonnay socialists, latte-sippers, chattering classes, bleeding hearts, tree-huggers, anti-American and un-Australian just for a start. At least he got the personal abuse bit right.”

Graeme Finn.


“This is the same Alexander Downer who referred to participants at the 2020 summit as “Keating-loving elites”

Maureen Chuck. Ross Sharp has the last word:

“What Alexander Downer was really trying to say was, “Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I think I’ll go into the garden and eat worms.”


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