The NSW Liberals need a laugh — and fundraiser and sometime candidate Paul Nicolaou gave them one on Monday in the lead-up to today’s meeting to choose a party leader.

First he sent out this email:

From: Paul Nicolaou
Sent: Monday, 2 April 2007 3:44 PM
To: Paul Nicolaou
Subject: LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP

Monday 2 April 2007

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP

After careful consideration with my colleagues, I have decided not to contest the leadership of the NSW Liberal Party at Wednesday’s Party Meeting.

It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the NSW Liberal Party since 2005 and during this year’s State Election…

Which was followed half an hour later by:

From: Paul Nicolaou [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, 2 April 2007 4:19 PM
To: Paul Nicolaou
Subject: LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP

Dear Friends,

The statement I sent out 30 minutes ago was from Peter Debnam. It was issued at lunchtime today. Sorry for the confusion it may have caused.

With warm regards

Paul Nicolaou

Executive Chairman
Millennium Forum

Sydney media wags have been suggesting it’s lucky that Peter Debnam didn’t announce his resignation in his budgie smugglers down at Bondi Beach. Given his luck, they reckon, the Solomon Islands tsunami would have come rolling in mid-presser.