September 09, 2004


Bernie Slattery notes that Mark Latham has twice dodged appearances on Victorian commercial radio, preferring to chat with his lower-rating friends at the ABC. Why would Latham do this? Bernie’s bride has a theory:

Latham is totally unconvincing on radio, sounding like a bad actor who hasn't confidently memorised his lines and Victorian listeners, who reject phonies like John Laws, won't have a bar of him.

Right on, Mrs. S! Latham was dreadful yesterday, coming off as more defensive than the South African cricket team. One line he’d certainly memorised, however; Latham promised to "ease the squeeze" five times during a single radio interview, and must have uttered the horrible phrase at least 100 times over the course of the day. Joe Lieberman should demand royalties.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 9, 2004 05:40 AM

"Go ahead, squeeze the wheeze. Many people like to..."
-- Barney the Bozo
Firesign Theatre,
"Up Against the Wall of Science"

Posted by: mojo at September 9, 2004 at 08:37 AM

When Mark Latham was being interviewed by Kerry O'Brien about the tax policy he said, "If the Australian people don't like our policy, they can go and fuck themselves." I think that's what he said.

Posted by: John P at September 9, 2004 at 09:31 AM

I'm waiting to hear Mark tell us to squeeze the ladder of opportunity.

Posted by: Freddyboy at September 9, 2004 at 02:48 PM

Will Latham's pinching of Lieberman's catchphrase give him "Joe-mentum?".

Let's hope so.

Posted by: Quentin George at September 9, 2004 at 05:22 PM