John Anderson has stepped down as leader of the Nationals, citing a benign prostrate condition (although a rioting back bench
, pressure over the Telstra sale
and the sticky question of what to do about the drought
can't have helped).www.news.com.au
, always at the forefront of investigative journalism* has come to the rescue with an in-depth piece and a photo-gallery of Anderson's time as deputy. The photo-gallery is actually far funnier than anything I can think of to say about it. Half-political eulogy, half-Hasselhoff-ian in its recording of the many moods of John Anderson, I am still not quite sure whether it's satire or serious. I exhort you all to check it out. But here are some spoilers:
1) It's entitled 'The Brad Pitt of Parliament'
2) The accompanying article
has a ringing endorsement from a constituent:
"He's done an all right job ... my family all think he's good and I find him all right."
Churchill could hardly ask for more.
3) I've reproduced my favourite picture below for your delectation.
It's accompanied by the text:
Photogenic ... Never having had his eyes set on the Prime Minister's office, Mr Anderson was free to put himself in some positions other politicians could never dare. / News Limited picture
Can those wags at www.news.com.au
possibly be saying what I think they are saying?
*sorry - second, after Ray Martin.