The Art of the Australian Insult


Meagher pickings
August 15, 2008, 5:38 am
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“What is it with Labor women and their born-to-rule attitude? It’s hard to forget Belinda Neal’s “don’t-you-know-who-I-am?” performance, monstering young waiters at Iguanas Waterfront bar on the Central Coast in June.

Ultimately, Meagher’s treatment of her driver may seem a trivial matter to harp on, but you can tell a great deal about a person’s character by their behaviour towards perceived subordinates, whether drivers or waiters. Marie Antoinette was guillotined for less.”

Mirande Devine reflects on NSW Health Minister Reba Meagher, who left a driver waiting all night for her outside an entertainment venue while she went home with her new boyfriend.  Meagher’s behaviour brought forth a flurry of criticism from members of the public, as these comments in the Daily Telegraph indicate:

“Beofre sje was considered as incompetent; now I think she is just plain evil.” Norm, Penrith.

“The arrogance and incompetence and general lack of community expectations marks [Labor] for a long term in opposition.” Chris McGinness, Erskineville.

“Why do ministers need to be chauffeur-driven around anyway. This country pays through the nose for politicians to be pampared and pandered to. I’m sick to death of hearing stories like this of taxpayer money being wasted. Reba Meagher is just an MP, for God’s sake, not the bloody Queen.

She can drive herself to work, or take public transport like other mere mortals. It’s clear why politicians don’t give a rat’s arse about the decaying public transport system – they never have to use it.

It’s time we brought them all back down to earth. It’s completely immoral that they enjoy the use of a car and driver while the rest of us struggle to fill the petrol tank and pay for the groceries.” Julia Uhlen, Neutral Bay.

“Reba Meagher, I think people will be as glad to see you go as they will Morris and, believe me, you are going – that is a given. Now sjut up and ive the public some value for money in your role instead of having your nose constantly in the trough.” Ian Atkinson, Wallagoot.

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