By Andrew Bolt ~
Today is the day they play what is the biggest football game of the year here in Australia, the AFL Grand Final. The match will be between The Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs. (Footscray, an outer Melbourne suburb) so it’s the archetypal Sydney versus Melbourne match. Footscray have not won a Grand Final since 1954, so they are the underdogs.
Oh, dear. The Prime Minister’s (read out) speech at the traditional North Melbourne Grand Final breakfast was excruciatingly bad- not funny and clearly the effort of a man pretending to be the football fan he’s not.
And it’s not as if Turnbull hadn’t learned yesterday on 3AW had dangerous that pretence is.
Speaking to 3AW radio on Friday morning, the PM was advised not pretend to be interested in sports teams he didn’t follow closely.
Unfortunately, the Australian head of government didn’t listen.
Turnbull admitted he was no expert on Aussie rules, but insisted his passion for the Sydney Swans was genuine.
When radio host Neil Mitchell sung the first line of the Swans’ iconic club song ‘Cheer Cheer the Red and the White’ and asked Turnbull to take over from there, Turnbull’s love for his team quickly came into question.
“Cheer, cheer the red and the white,” Turnbull said, repeating the line he’d already heard…
Mitchell provided him with the second line, but it didn’t get any better.
“Yes. Honour the name by day and by night,” Turnbull echoed Mitchell’s prompt.
Bob Carr never even pretended to like sport, and got away with at least being genuine.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.