"Spotted in Brisbane. Senator Cory Bernardi and Senate President Stephen Parry enjoying a very early afternoon beer at a new pop-up bar on Brisbane's George street Miss Kay's. The two southerners were clearly enjoying themselves in a relaxed drink unawares of the busy public service thoroughfare that is George Street in Queensland's capital."Ms Tips has had a bit of squiz at Miss Kay's menu and it looks like quite the hipster paradise. Not quite Bernardi and Parry's normal environment -- maybe they are looking at widening their appeal. All in the family. It's not just Bernardi and Parry who are getting down with the yoof, but as we told you yesterday, the Institute of Public Affairs is getting in on memes to try to win our support. The meme expects supporters of SBS reporter Scott McIntyre to also be supporters of Andrew Bolt. One tipster asked if the meme could perhaps be the brainchild of James Bolt -- son of Andrew, who now works at the IPA as communications co-ordinator. It sounds like something that would be a part of his role, so it could be a bit of family interest. Free speech consequences. It's been an interesting week for free speech in Australia, with the fallout from McIntyre's sacking leading IPA types like Tim Wilson to tell us that "freedom of speech isn't freedom from consequences". Wilson's view is that while the law shouldn't restrict our speech, it doesn't mean you shouldn't get sacked for what you say, which made it altogether more interesting when the piece was shared on the University of Sydney's internal social media site Yammer by vice-chancellor Michael Spence. It wasn't taken well by some staff, considering anti-Israel demonstrator Jake Lynch has been asked to explain his involvement in a protest at the university in March.
Is Crosby still influencing Cameron's message? UK election watchers were startled by a new tack David Cameron took on the campaign trail this week, shoutily saying he felt "bloody lively ... bloody lively" about the election, and attacking Ed Miliband's interview with Russell Brand. He labelled Brand a "joke" and said "I haven't got time to hang out with Russell Brand", sounding for all the world like an accountant trying to fit in with the tradie mates of his brother-in-law at a family gathering. The Guardian says that new grrrrr Dave is a result of him tearing up the Lynton Crosby rule book, which had advised a cautious personal style. But in an interview with The Spectator Boris Johnson says the "Crosbinator" (Johnson's nickname for the spinner) is still in there:
"He defends his friend ‘the Crosbinator’, puts on an Australian accent, and says, ‘Jeez mate. They can stick their head up a dead bear’s bum. Don’t come the raw prawn with me.’"A source tells us that Crosby once told the IPA that much of his "miracle working" in the 2005 election consisted of getting Tory staffers to get to the office by 8am each morning. He's reportedly getting a million bucks for this gig, but he's earning it. Appliance-free zone. Mother's Day isn't this weekend but next, which means we all still have just over a week to pick out a present for the mother-figures in our lives. A quick word of advice though, don't take much notice of this advertisement from Black and Decker, which graced the homepage of 2Day FM's website this morning. Another tipster also saw an iron at Big W with a "gift idea" tag. A word to the wise: the only way a mum should see home appliances on Mother's Day is if someone else is using them.