The Art of the Australian Insult

Make traffic not war
October 26, 2008, 9:47 pm
Filed under: Politicians, Transport | Tags: ,

No doubt Nathan Rees is regretting his comparison of being in traffic to being in love. The Sydney Morning Herald was not going to let the Premier off the hook, noting on Saturday:

“It’s silly and sentimental of us, we know, but there is something about the smell of petrol fumes and the sight of heat haze rising from a thousand idling engines that makes us go all gooey inside.”

The SMH’s readers also had their say. “Make traffic, not war,” quipped Jason Cusack of Woonona. “I was dreaming I was in love – then I came to and found that I was on the M5,” wrote Ian Johnston of Bowral. “Who needs Tony Robbins when we have Nathan Rees?” declared Ellecer Valencia of Lidcombe. “If you think you are in traffic, you are in traffic.” Sounds like a line from Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.”

Michael Deeth of Como West sounded a little rueful: “I think I preferred spin,” he wrote. Todd Hillsley of Enfield was given the last word: “If you think you have an awful government,” he suggested, “you must have an awful government.”


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