The Art of the Australian Insult


Death by waffle
September 29, 2008, 12:23 am
Filed under: Politicians | Tags: , ,

“To observe a Brendan Nelson interview was always to be prey to a cocktail of warring emotions; the protective sense of anguish, the dread certainty that a clanger was approaching, and then the mortification of the clanger itself.”

Annabel Crabb reflects on the difference in style between Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull. In her view, the latter could quite easily have been a Labor leader, just as Kevin Rudd could quite easily have been a Liberal leader. As for poor Brendan Nelson, the man was just hopeless:

“Dr Nelson is a very nice bloke, and genuinely liked by many journalists and colleagues; he has far fewer enemies than Malcolm Turnbull. But after a full-length press conference you’d often feel traumatised and emotionally exhausted, like a kid who’s just watched their dad butcher Bohemian Rhapsody for eight minutes at school assembly.”

In contrast, “Turnbull will give his part plenty of heart attacks, in all likelihood, but he will never subject them to death by waffle.”

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