So Kevin Rudd drives a Ford Territory.

Tsk tsk tsk. What does a petrol-powered four litre, six cylinder four-wheel-drive do to your carbon footprint?

Which is one thing. Careless politics is another. Even Malcolm Turnbull has the wit to drive a hybrid. Galumphing around the countryside in the Australian version of the car cited by Wikipedia as ”one of the vehicles instrumental in turning the SUV from a special-interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road” is a pretty clear signal that the Opposition Leader’s publicly paraded Greenhouse piety is at odds with his level of personal environmental commitment.

It’s also more indicative of a certain intellectually sloppy hypocrisy than any amount of faultily recalled family history. If not a bridge too far, it might well be testing the waters for the last straw.