The appalling Victorian state Liberal member for Kew, Tim Smith1, hit the headlines last year when he crashed his car into a house while driving with almost three times the legal blood-alcohol limit (breath test reading of 0.131)2. Because of ordure he got himself into, he has said he will be leaving politics at the next Victorian state election2, which is due in November this year, in a little over two months3.
As most people will know, one of the ‘Teal Independents’, Monique Ryan, defeated former Liberal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, for the federal seat of Kooyong. When she was asking a question of the current Health Minister in parliament, some Coalition parliamentarians were interjecting. She pointed at them and said “put your masks on”4. There was uproar from the Coalition that a woman would have the gall to tell one of the clueless suits of the Coalition what to do.
Being a Liberal, Tim Smith, known online fairly regularly as ‘Dim Tim’ because of his car accident, obviously saw a picture of Monique Ryan at a football game where she was smiling at the camera, and he thought ‘I can score some political points from this’. So, he juxtaposed an August 1 image of Ryan pointing at the Coalition interjector with the caption “put your masks on”, with the August 21 image where Ryan is at the football. The image was attached to the tweet from Smith which read:
“The teal MP for Kooyong is great at waving her finger at others but is slightly inconsistent isn’t she!”5
The fact that the football was held outside did not seem to make an impression on him. However, others did notice. In one of the best ‘burns’ (Twitter lingo for making a fool of someone) was from a person with the Twitter handle @bee_9260. She replied to Smith’s tweet with:
“Do you know the difference between inside and outside? Clearly not since you tried to put a car in someone’s house.”6
I laughed so hard I almost spilled my pre-dinner glass of plonk.