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Woolworths’ ACDC wine brain fade

A no brainer or no brains? I notice that Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group, thinks selling the new release of wines called Back In Black Shiraz, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato thinks is  a “no-brainer”. He describes the AC-DC range being released to coincide with a revival tour by the band as being “a world-wide phenomena and a first in the marketplace.”

A fitting wine promoter?

In keeping with the slogan that WOOLWORTHS SUPPORTS THE RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL, perhaps Mr Donohue will ask the producers to add a Bon Scott label drawing attention to the coroner’s finding that the original lead singer for the band died of “acute alcohol poisoning” and “death by misadventure” caused by pulmonary expiration of vomit after a night drinking in a London club called the Music Machine.

The weak link. It is not cheap clinging to minority government and nor are unsuccessful defamation actions. Just ask the NSW Branch of the Labor Party which has had to pick up at least part of the tab for federal MP Craig Thomson’s aborted effort to sue the Fairfax press for disclosing that his former union credit card had been used in a house of ill repute.

Sussex St confirmed yesterday, reports the Daily Telegraph this morning, that  NSW Labor headquarters paid “some” of his legal bills, which included settling some of Fairfax’s costs.

A senior Labor source confirmed the payment and said: “It’s not uncommon for political parties to help members with legal bills from time to time. He had a lot of legal bills. He needed help paying them. He’s an MP on $120,000-$130,000 who owed tens of thousands.”

I must say I’ve not heard of such generosity before, especially for someone who is causing great embarrassment of the party. But then my memory does not go back far enough to recall the last time the Labor Government was clinging to office in Canberra by one vote.

Different treatment of the polls. A little smidgin of an upturn in a couple of opinion polls and there are commentators speculating whether Australian Labor is on the comeback trail. Perhaps it is, perhaps it’s not or perhaps it has never been as far behind as the pollsters would have us believe.

Personally I prefer the far more relaxed and sceptical view that the British press takes to the relevance of measuring voting intentions well out from an election. Over there the polls showing the Conservative Government would get an absolute hiding are largely ignored.

Conservatives - election 36.1%; now 36.0%
Labour - election 29.0%; now 43.0%
Lib Dems - election 23.0%; now 9%
Others - election 11.9%; now 11.0%

On results like these from YouGov for the Murdoch press in London, Labour would be back in office with a bigger majority than before it lost office to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition yet there is rarely a mention of the supposed turn around of public opinion.

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  • 1
    Holden Back
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    About as good as the QANTAS ad with the hostie offering Barry Humphries a bottle of champagne.

  • 2
    michael r james
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    …the original lead singer for the band died of “acute alcohol poisoning” and “death by misadventure” caused by pulmonary expiration of vomit after a night drinking in a London club…

    I think that should be “pulmonary inspiration of vomit”, ie. inhalation.

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    michael r james
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, it is a bit curious that you describe this as “polls showing the Conservative Government would get an absolute hiding” when the actual conservatives have lost a mere 0.3% of their votes. The LibDems have lost 68% of theirs, exactly what Labour have picked up (ie. 14% of the total vote). You may claim that the LibDems are part of the conservative government but most of their supporters obviously disagree, or at least do not want to see it continue.

    And incidentally the real conservatives will pick up a lot of extra seats without a single voter changing their minds, because by the time of the next election they will have completely changed the electorate boundaries that currently amounts to a gerrymander in favour of Labour. So, other than a high-level revolt by the LibDems, with the next election possibly >4 years away, it is very difficult to predict its outcome. It is even possible that the LibDems might again hold balance of power.

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    mikeb
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I thought the Bon Scott death by vomit was an urban myth?? More likely a combination of alcohol poisoning and hypothermia - but I could be wrong (on account I wasn’t there).

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    Modus Ponens
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    The Liberal party in Victoria recently paid for Health Minister David Davis’ legal bills in his failed defence in a defamation case against him by former Vic ALP state secretary and general nasty man Stephen Newnham.

    So I guess, like most dodgy behaviour - it is condoned and practiced by both parties.

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    AR
    Posted Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Holden - as with the Qantas ad offering booze to Larry Hagman, alcoholic liver recipient. But Edna seems to be the person being presented and I don’t recall Her Hyperstarness ever coming out as having a drink problem, unlike her companion.

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    drmasqn
    Posted Wednesday, 17 August 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    pulmonary *aspiration* caused his expiration

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