Taking up the mantle of leadership, Kevin Rudd told the AM program in December last year: “We want an alternative, and not an echo of John Howard.”
Indeed. Rudd’s content to echo himself. In October last year, Crikey’s Thomas Hunter started corralling Rudd’s cliches, from cold showers and hairy-chestedness to loose truths.
At his first press conference as party leader Rudd was all bridges and forks:
This fork in the road has emerged because John Howard has taken a bridge too far in industrial relations, a bridge too far in Iraq, a bridge too far on climate change.
Crikey was happy to see the recent return of the ever-adaptable bridge on the issue of Sheik Hilaly:
When … Hilaly calls on Australian Muslims to join in the trenches and fight with Iran, quite plainly, Sheik Hilaly has gone, once again, a bridge too far.
In this morning’s interview with ABC Melbourne, Rudd invoked “the horse and buggy days” on the Government’s broadband plan and delighted older listeners with some stern “Not on your nellys”.
What new phrases do you think Rudd should add to his overworked repertoire? Give us your huddled cliches, your hackneyed phrases yearning to be free.
Cliche suggestions, and their portfolio context, should be sent to [email protected]. There are six copies of The Penguin Dictionary of Cliches for the top entries.