Friday, February 02, 2018

Government Ministerial Confidence

Victor most kindly pointed out to me that I had transposed the name of the New South Wales Minister for Transport. She is not called Constance Andrews, but Andrew Constance. Rather an odd name for a women really. 

The story all began in England when an underwater craft was named Boaty McBoatface. Look at this link if you want to know the details but in essence subsequently a new Sydney ferry was named Ferry McFerryface by Minister Andrews Constance. Only a couple of days later after the announcement, I learnt that the name Ferry McFerryface was only temporary. The unions thought the name was disrespectful to them and the ferry. The minister has been caught out, at the very least lying by omission. Photo from Our ABC.



Writers of letters to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper are outraged at the ministerial deceit, Murgatroyd McDonald of Mosman especially so. The writers of the letters to the SMH have been admirably clever with names for the minister.

Liar Liar McPantsonfire

Minister McBackbencherFace

Fibby McFibface

Andy McEggface

Pinocchio McRedface

Andrew Arrogance McArrogance Constance

Twice recently  the Premier has declared her full support for the minister. Remembering episodes of Yes Minister, he is dead duck walking.

I reckon that someone from Victoria is bothering to write about NSW politics is just another nail in the coffin of Constance.

21 comments:

  1. I'm sure we'll read more pf the matter when the ABC borrows Uncle Fred's Black & Decker to drill out the lock on the second drawer of the filing cabinet they scored at the local Tip Shop...or was it Hard Rubbish?

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    1. I surround myself with clever and witty women!

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  2. Boaty McBoatface really started something. I hope the person who coined the name has made some dosh from it.

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    1. Cro, I hope so too. It caught in here too with a naming competition for five or so new train stations.

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  3. I favour "Andrew McConstface" - in the tradition of CONSTable - even if it doesn't strictly work from the way you pronounce "Constance."

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    1. Oh Marcellous, that is absolutely marvellously clever.

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  4. Boaty McBoatface is funny and acceptable because it was unique. Everything"Mc---" that follows is not. Especially those silly names for the minister.

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    1. River, I suppose you have a point. We should invent our own terms and names, but I do like the way the names take the Mickey out of the minister.

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    2. With all the real problems NSW has to worry about, naming a ferry is not up there with the Big Ones. Mind you, we could say the same about the other states as well.

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    3. Hels, the ferry name is a great distraction from more serious matters. That is what governments do.

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  5. Minister BackbencherFace.. come on.. that's funny 😀 Unions are not known for their sense of humour sadly!

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    1. Grace, that one particularly appealed to me, as I think that is what may happen, or a lesser portfolio.

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  7. I actually took a photo of that ferry last week, I wasn't aware of that competition, just thought it was quite funny.

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    1. Pleased to educate you Sami, and maybe we will see the photo at some point in the future.

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  8. I just can't understand why the fuss about the name of the ferry! Doesn't anyone have a sense of light-hearted, harmless good humour these days?

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    1. Lee, that rather goes back to my original thoughts about the name, but it all became quite complicated.

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  9. What about some non "Mc" names, like AndDourly Constipated. Inconstantly Andrew. Constipated Constance. Sounds like a Guess My Name Today Game.

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    1. Strayer, I like them. He is so incompetent, he really is fair game for mockery.

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  10. Having apparently misled the electorate about Ferry McFerryface being the winning vote in the first place, the Minister then ended up overlooking the actual voters' choice, Ian Kiernan - the Clean Up Australia man, for May Gibbs - the Children's books author.

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    1. Victor, I think Mr Kiernan's politics are inclined towards the conservative side, so he is justifiably feeling very bitter.

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