Liberals and Lefty Scum

johnboy 21 February 2009 74

[First filed: February 20, 2009 @ 14:21]

The new Labor back bencher Joy Burch is up in arms that her Liberal colleague Alistair Coe has been distributing stickers at O-week featuring the slogan “Rack off lefty scum”.

She’d like to know if he and his leader Zed Seselja think she’s scum.

    The Leader of the Opposition must come clean on whether he believes Canberrans who voted for Labor (or the Greens) at the last election are “lefty scum” who should “Rack off”, Member for Brindabella, Joy Burch MLA said today.

    Ms Burch said she was shocked to see Liberal MLA Alistair Coe distributing unauthorised Liberal Party stickers reading “Rack off lefty scum” to ANU students at this week’s O-Week celebrations.

    Ms Burch said the slogan was insulting to Canberra voters and showed contempt for the intelligence of the ACT’s student community.

Young men tempted to apply these stickers in a high spirited bout of champagne charlie-ism are advised that most of the women they’ll ever want to sleep with are lefties.

Alistair probably needs to remember that since his election he’s supposed to be a grown-up now.

UPDATED: It’s claim and counter claim with this statement from Alistair and more offensive material from the other side. Here’s what Alistair had to say:

    Alistair Coe MLA, denies categorically that he handed out stickers as claimed by Joy Burch. “I did not hand out anything to anyone. Wherever the stickers came from, they did not come from me.”

    “I am, however, extremely surprised by this attack by Ms Burch, as the stand she attended for the Labor party was handing out promotional items with the headline: “Don’t get F***ed at work.” [below]

    “Clearly, this opportunistic attack by Ms Burch has backfired.

    “I think we should leave the Uni political stunts alone and get on with the job of being MLAs.”

[Image blurred by me to protect delicate sensibilities]

ANOTHER UPDATE: Joy Burch’s office have sent in this additional note:

    “It is disappointing to see Alistair Coe and the Liberals attempting to lie their way out of an embarassing situation.

    “The flyer that Alistair refers to has nothing to do with the Labor Party, nor was it at the Labor stall which I attended.

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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:34 pm 20 Feb 09

Isn’t that the Federal Liberal logo all over these things, instead of the ACT Divisional crap?

(so isn’t it a Secretariat activity that Joy is complaining about, instead of Deadhead Zed & co stunt?)

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:34 pm 20 Feb 09

And yet, lefty scum really should rack off…

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:35 pm 20 Feb 09

Alistair Coe: “I have stickers! And marbles! Let’s play yo-yos! No, I’m Monkey Magic and you’re Pigsy!”

fox fox 2:35 pm 20 Feb 09

Is that a mooseheads privilege card there too? Very grown up lol

AngryHenry AngryHenry 2:36 pm 20 Feb 09

As should narrow-minded, right-wing conservatives.

Those stickers verge on hate mongering.

johnboy johnboy 2:38 pm 20 Feb 09

The issue isn’t who was making the stickers, it’s who was distributing them.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:43 pm 20 Feb 09

The Canberra Liberals figureheads seem to be very much candidates for the Children’s Table at Liberal Party events, so this isn’t really a change of form.

Also: Joy should obey the Rule #1 of the internet (especially when reporting that she saw someone do something)…
Pics or it didn’t happen.

Crikey Crikey 2:51 pm 20 Feb 09

It’s a shame that “lefty scum” Joy Burch doesn’t concentrate on something a bit more relevant and important for the ACT; like our finances and deteriorating services rather than student politics.

Of course the “left scum” students groups would never get up to such political mud racking!

trevar trevar 3:10 pm 20 Feb 09

It would be good if the Labor party were a little left… or, at least a little left of the Liberal party.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:14 pm 20 Feb 09

I think they should be distributed more. Typical toddler tactics from the just plain ignorant factions of the Liberals. Even less people would want to be associated with them!

And the Liberals wonder why they keep losing in the ACT…

mooo_cow mooo_cow 3:17 pm 20 Feb 09

Slang One, such as a person or an element of society, that is regarded as despicable or worthless.

Joy if the sticker said “Joy Burch is Scrum” then maybe you should take offence and contribute some of your tax funded time.

babyface babyface 3:22 pm 20 Feb 09

the right wing behaving like children? what a surprise.

frontrow frontrow 3:22 pm 20 Feb 09

Politics suffers when humour is sacrificed. The problem here is that the humour is stale and boring.

The left in this country (as far as the ALP can be described as the left) has always been more interesting with it’s invective. My all time favourite was “conger line of suckholes”.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:27 pm 20 Feb 09

That’s because the left in this country actually has some smart cookies among them 🙂

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 3:32 pm 20 Feb 09

frontrow said :

My all time favourite was “conger line of suckholes”.

Hah, I like your more surreal version, but for the record, conger = type of eel, conga = weird dance done at houseparties in the 70s and what Latham said.

frontrow frontrow 3:37 pm 20 Feb 09

Maybe I should read Hansard more often.

Would I find “pissant swamp” in there or is that something different, too?

johnboy johnboy 3:40 pm 20 Feb 09

frontrow said :

Maybe I should read Hansard more often.

Would I find “pissant swamp” in there or is that something different, too?

Maybe if they updated the hansard within months of the relevant sitting many more of us would read it.

jakez jakez 3:49 pm 20 Feb 09

The stickers were distributed by the ANU Liberal Club which is not a part of the Liberal Party.

This is probably the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Liberal Clubs have been distributing stickers of this nature for donkeys years, and the Left and Right Labor Clubs have done the same. Students manage to see the good humour in it all and usually we get on fantastically with each other.

Even if Alistair did hand them out, frankly who gives a toss. Joy Burch is acting like a twit.

jakez jakez 3:51 pm 20 Feb 09

frontrow said :

Politics suffers when humour is sacrificed. The problem here is that the humour is stale and boring.

I’ll agree with that. Personally I think that is the least humorous of the stickers I’ve seen.

jerish jerish 3:55 pm 20 Feb 09

This is a classic case of glass houses. Some ALP backbencher blockhead screams outrage over nothing more than silly uni stunts. And what happens? She walks right into a propellar! Of course, this comes on the back of a fake press release from Mary Porter, another talented Labor backbencher. Really kicking goals.

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