Feb 19, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Assad remains a sure bet

Backing dictators to survive has proved a profitable thing for me over the years and a few dollars were added to the betting bank when Assad survived until the start of this year.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

The softening image. It’s out with the budgie smugglers and in with the board shorts as Tony Abbott continues to keep a daughter alongside.

With the opinion polls seeming to show that the frequent recent appearances with the women in his life are improving the public standing of the Opposition Leader, Bridget promises we will see plenty more of her with dad in the coming months. She told Melbourne’s Herald Sun (which carried a similar picture this morning to the one from Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph above):

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9 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Assad remains a sure bet

  1. klewso

    What a prop? Some might say “Malaprop”?

    But it does make a nice change from that “little blue book” of his?
    [I could never quite make out that title (held low, in front of his crutch as he was so often snapped using it?) was it “How to Hold Your Breath for 8 Months, Shed One Skin and Get Elected to Chameleon King” by “Honest John”?]

  2. klewso

    Speaking of which, how’s the other Arsenal fairing this year?

  3. zut alors

    Thanks, Richard. I’d assumed it was the budgie smugglers which caused such offence but, judging by this snap, it’s clear we definitely can’t blame clothing.

  4. Coaltopia

    Thanks Richard – the Meth to Pseudo article made my day.

  5. Tom Jones

    It seems a little creepy for a father to be holding his adult daughter’s hand. If he is looking to improve his image with women this kind of shot will do the opposite. He either sees her as if she is still a child not a woman or …. it doesn’t bear thinking about. Some men may like the photo for reasons of their own which also is not very nice.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    I found the pope gerrymander most interesting. Why is north America under represented (16% catholics, 12% cardinals)? Are they perhaps too liberal for the old European establishment?

  7. klewso

    Ever see “Boystown”?

  8. Mike Smith

    @Zut: Yes, I agree, but the apple hasn’t fallen far from that tree.

  9. K.D. Afford

    Well done Tony Abbott,I justt knew all along what a good bloody-bloke you are, but too many more of these unlikely sooky photos and I will begin to think of you as a ‘mummy’figure.

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