In April 2014, Barry O’Farrell resigned as NSW premier for accepting a gift of a bottle of Grange, and now his successor, Mike Baird, has self-destructed his premiership by giving a lease of life to the widely reviled greyhound racing industry.

Baird’s spectacular backflip came with a double somersault and pike and probably merits an honorary Olympic gold medal. It is only seven weeks since the Premier steered the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill through both houses of Parliament, banning the industry from July next year. It was signed into law on August 26.