OK, so it’s not in the essential swearing dictionary, Roger’s Profanisaurus, or in the OED, but we’ve been referred to authorities that convince us that Pajero does indeed have a double meaning, in Catalonian dialect as well as Latin American slang. And lots of parliamentarians have been nominated as Pajeros, not just Pajero drivers.
So here’s our final “what does your politics say about the sort of car you’d drive” wrap:
• Howard: Camry V6 – solid and reliable but a bit boring. It can be a bit expensive in town running (or the lead-up to an election).
• Beazley: Falcon sedan – solid and usually reliable, however at times it can be a lemon with not enough homework involved in its building.
• The Nationals: Land Cruiser travelling exclusively in the city – a bloody nuisance.
• The Greens: Daihatsu Sirion travelling in the fast lane of a freeway – courting disaster as well as being a bigger nuisance.
• The Democrats: Holden Kingswood about to go to the wreckers, all clapped out and unwanted.
But before we end this debate we’d better acknowledge this comment from a subscriber: “John Howard doesn’t match any car. Isn’t that why he has to walk to shops every morning?”