Two left feet

By January 8, 2019Australian Politics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in yet another attempt at making himself look a bit more ‘Aussie dad’ had the upper charming promotional photograph with wife and daughters taken1. Then, at a later time, either he, or someone in his office, decided that wearing expensive foreign shoes (K-Swiss brand from California) was not a good look. So, it was deemed a good idea to get photoshopping and to replace the K-swiss shoes with perhaps some good old Australian Dunlop Volleys or something similar before it was used on his official website2,3. However, the person assigned to the photoshopping task was not quite up to the task, such that Morrison’s right foot, which is tucked under his upper left thigh, has had a left shoe photoshopped onto it. It is clearly a left shoe because a right shoe in such a position would have the arch side of the shoe uppermost. This one clearly doesn’t.




  • Arthur Baker says:

    This is genuinely LOL material. Naturally, when it went viral in the MSM, there was a spate of comments along the line of “is this bit of trivial nonsense really news?”, a line often trotted out by politicians.

    Well, sure, it isn’t the most important thing on our national agenda right now, but if media outlets can only write about THE most important piece of news, the Sydney Morning Herald would consist of a single page every day. I think it’s interesting, if not all that important, in that it highlights the ethos which Morrison has striven to create around his persona – the image of the “daggy dad”, the regular bloke, the fair dinkum down-to-earth Aussie, the battler just like you and me and the sheila next door. It’s all about avoiding, at all costs, the killer charge for any politician, that of being “out of touch”

    Well, he’s striven. But he’s failed, time and time again. Basically because he’s just a salesman, and not a very good one at that (“Where the bloody hell are ya? anyone?), and the products he’s trying to sell (himself and the LNP) are about as bedraggled and lacking appeal as any products can be.

    Look at his bus tour around (bits of) Queensland. Except it wasn’t a bus tour, entirely, because he needed a VIP jet to do some parts of the journey, while the bus chugged along the road, guzzling gas, with one person on board. The driver. Talk about out of touch. The bus, designed to make him look like a regular bloke, was very obviously a travelling billboard, with his ugly mug on the side of it, and very little to do with transport. Idiot. Bungler. Diverted attention away from his real purpose.

    As for the shoes, another stuff-up. If the Photoshopping wasn’t specifically requested by Morrison, it has to have been inspired by his overwhelming ethos of desperate ordinariness. I mean, who cares that a PM can afford snazzy shoes because, hell, he’s on a PM’s salary? Nobody’s going to call him Mr Harbourside Mansion because he spends a few bucks on one pair of imported shoes. But in ordering, or more likely inspiring, this change, he’s once again distracted attention from his main point, and just looks like a fool. Again.

    I hope the poor sap who did the Photoshopping isn’t looking for a new job. Meanwhile, old shouty-boots keeps on drivelling on, because it’s who he is. Yawn.

    • admin says:

      Yep; spot on. The ham-fistedness is hilarious.

      • Arthur Baker says:

        Ham-fisted indeed. The idea that they could do this and think that not a single one of Australia’s 25 million citizens and residents would notice simply redefines dumb.

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