The biggest news story of the day isn’t the drop in interest rates – that will save those with a mortgage an estimated $65 a month – no, the biggest story is Kevin Rudd’s fringe:
IT’S starting. A groundswell of discontent is building against the greatest of Kevin Rudd’s sins – the hair flick.
The Prime Minister has perplexed and irritated us for years with his trademark habit of running a hand through his fringe at least once a minute. The rate rises to one flick every ten seconds when the PM is outdoors.
It isn’t Kevin Rudd’s only bad habit. We’ve previously documented the best of his unique gestures, including ‘the back of the farm’, ‘the Specsaver’ and a personal favourite, ‘the shot put’.
The hair flick entered public life as a lovable quirk. Now thousands of Australians shudder when Mr Rudd reaches for his hair.
Here’s the worst part. His hair barely moves. When Mr Rudd flips his fringe, his hair just returns to its original position. There is no aesthetic dividend to justify this exercise in male preening.
This morning’s press conference in Brisbane was surely the final straw for Australian voters. The wind billowed through Mr Rudd’s hair, leading him to readjust it. Again. And again. And again.
Finally, with the election campaign underway, we’re beginning to talk about the big political issues. Refreshing, isn’t it?
Update: THE FRINGE STRIKES BACK. A new Twitter account has popped up today, called @KevinsFringe. Its motto? “Flick it. Flick it real good.”
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Oh FFS! This morning’s press conference in Brisbane was surely the final straw for Australian voters. Really, what a load of bullshit.
And isn’t it typical of news.com to encourage mainstream media and social media debate on such a pathetic issue whilst doing naught to encourage discussion on how interest cuts could benefit you, or wait for it, if someone might actually give some credit to the Government for them? Funny too, that none of Tony Abbott’s annoying traits are ever mentioned, such as walking away from interviews
This is about as ridiculous as it gets.
But then again, it is the Murdoch media. Expect the ridiculous.
Well I shudder and turn away when Abbott opens his mouth. That tongue seems to thrash around like a salivating long lost sailor. Repulsive. And then there is his walk, like he just got off a horse. Oh and then the fake tan and the bald patch. PM? I don’t thinks so.
How about the way he sucks his teeth before he answers a question. Can you image this idiot on the World stage?
just one of the fringe benefits of having the Ruddster at the wheel – but unluckily for News journo’s he hasn’t got red hair and wide hips, er, come to think of it the Ruddster is a kinda hip anyway
Michael, I believe it had something to do with the wind. Seen another, in another interview doing the same. Rudd does have very fine straight hair that blows about in the wind.
Needs to do what Abbott has done at this time. I noticed he has a new hair cut. Very short, and if I did not know better, glued down with that oily mess that men used in the past.
Yes, Rudd did look annoyed at the time, but it did not stop him being on the ball, and having answers ready for everything said.
What I noticed was the similarity between the hair of Rudd and Albanese
Abbott is so out of his frontal lobe and in to his limbic brain for so long that he has become like a reptile.(or a vampire actually). See the video on YouTube of him being really leery this way. The guy who wrote the hair flicking article should be writing for “bimbo brain weekly” or something. I know him and he is a nasty customer. Ever since he joined Fairfax it has gone downhill. Rudd could throw the knives back at Murdoch and News Ltd by declaring a new policy of restricting media ownership down to no more than 49%, to be brought in to law with his next term. That would fixed them and give them something to blither about and get tangled up in their whatevers.LOL
Well the good thing about this new clown murdoch has got in is he thinks we are like Americans………..How wrong he is when we all laugh at the murdoch media’s releases on superficial crap like this!
Please if someone can get the footage shown on Channel 10 The Project of Abbott talking to a family it’s a pearler.
If you really want to see Abbott idiocy, awkwardness and a great reason why he should not be PM or let loose on the international stage, that footage encapsulates it in 30 seconds.
What a dickhead.
I would rather a hair flick than lippy the lizard tongue. Kev is flicking, Abbotts licking. Shutter, Ooooooo.
This is about as ridiculous as it gets.
Oh please, don’t goad ’em. I don’t think we have seen anything yet
A timely reminder
I have actually started saying to people that they should vote Labor just to watch tabot and co unhinge all over again. And this one will be worst than the last. That alone is worth the price of admission 😉
FFS, next it will be the earlobes and the size of his bum. Does anyone else detect a tone of desperation in this “article”? Pun intended.
Obviously many here are not students of Rudd and his background.
As a year 8 student he was sent to boarding school (Marist Brothers Ashgrove)
as a somewhat effeminate nerdy boy he was obviously a target for some
rough house treatment. Soon he was to return to the succour of his mother
in Nambour. Attendance at the local high school was no better for young
Kevin it may have been worse with the tougher country kids giving him a hard
time to say the least. He was pictured in a very sad state roped to the school
flag pole. This has caused him to be quite anxious and nervous typified by
the habit with his fringe.Now you know why, I have seen him do it for more than
25 years,bad habits are very hard to shake.
This annoys me more.It is Abbott’s obsession of piling food into his mouth.
Um ah… yes umm… Migs… Ah um I… um ah ….. um… agree… ah… entirely um ah. 😯
As Helga in Allo Allo said “You May Kiss me now, Herr Flick!”
Imagine him making a speech at the UN?… We could fight another world war before he’d finish. 🙄
Fed up @10.22pm, yes! If I see one more photo of him cramming food down his scrawny neck, I’ll have to slap someone!
LOVO, to have that oaf representing this country on the international stage is reason enough to hope Labor smashes him once and for all. Even better would be seeing the likes of Neil falling on their swords.
You think the fringe is ridiculous. Mr Denmore appears to have uncovered tabot working on the libs plan for fraudband
Did one noticed the look that Rudd had on his face, and to a lesser amount Albanse. One seen them looking as they had scowl on their faces, screwing up their eyes. I seen a picture on another site. Aimed at their face was a very bright light, that was rectangular scene, say 3×2 feet. I have no idea what it was, unless to have better light for photos. That would have added to the impression that Rudd was unsettled. If one lloks carefully, you can see Rudd face lit up brightly, while Albanese face behind looks to have a shadow.
But did their bums look big FU? That is the real question 😉
No, but it was so bright, one hopes they did not get too dark a tan.
You blokes are truly pathetic. Don’t you all have something better to do than discuss mens hair?
This thread is having a whinge about the MSM commenting on Rudd’s flick and then you lot proceed like the usual conga line in pettiness in relation to Abbott
Can’t you see the hypocrisy?
Just plain dumb!
Oh for goodness sake Scaper, stop your complaining.
Just to annoy Summo – I had a haircut recently. Please discuss.
scaper reckons a bunch of quilters blogging about politics and anything else they want should be acting in a more professional manner than paid journos who expect US to pay for their rantings.
Go figure. (Is my bum big in this blog?)
Don’t you all have something better to do than discuss mens hair?
Yes, we can discuss BUMS (and quilts) 🙂
Not complaining, just pointing out the pettiness and rank hypocrisy.
Introspection then again scaper?
pettiness, sure, hypocrisy, well, if we were charging people for this content, and pretending we were a ‘news’ service, then yea, that would be hypocritical. Otherwise, yea, introspection works as well as ‘stupid’ 😉
Sad to say this whole piece and most of the commentary has fallen into the same trap as being decried: while Kev’s hair flick coverage is of course distractional, I haven’t found one comment regarding the fact that more people depend on higher interest rates for their livelihoods than are paying off mortgages, or that – notwithstanding the LNP’s blatant double standards on the matter – the lower rates do reflect a struggling economy.
I suppose the whole piece and responses here reflect the famous book title by the master analyst of ‘framing’ – George Lakoff – “Don’t Think of an Elephant”. Tell people not to think of an elephant – or in this case Kevin Rudd’s hair flick – and what happens? You’ve been duped by the framers, I’m afraid.
I haven’t found one comment regarding the fact that more people depend on higher interest rates for their livelihoods than are paying off mortgages
That conversation is taking place over at the following link Dipso Facto, this is about hair flicking (and BUMS)
“…the lower rates do reflect a struggling economy.”
They reflect a projected easing, not a struggling economy, but also other factors like the exchange rate.
Nowhere in the entire RBA statement is the word struggling used or if someone can enlighten me is their an economic definition of just what constitutes a struggling economy, and not the Liberals and right wing definition of all economic conditions, even booms, is the economy struggling if Labor is in government but conversely all economic conditions, even recession, are the economy doing well if the Liberals are in power.
<<< really looking forward to the company tax being cut 😉
Oh you mean Abbott’s 2010 policy he dusted off so that Peter can pay Paul on his paid parental scheme. Couldn’t even come up with a new policy, and it will cost $5 billion minus the PPL tax that he hasn’t funded anywhere, which can be added to the $70 billion in unfunded liabilities he already has.
Laugh a minute is Abbott. He is simultaneously going to decrease taxes, increase revenue, cut the public service whilst increasing services, reduce and increase interest rates, increase employment, reduced power costs, reduce cost of living that’s keeps going up and up (just as it did under Howard) and the contradictions go on and on.
really looking forward to the company tax being cut
You mean like in the manner that Labor tried to do but the libs stopped on the floor of the Parliament?
Good one Tom, I forgot about that.
Yeah that one Tom. Good hey. I can’t wait. Nice maneuver there Tony. Outflanked the socialists…again! 🙂
Migs, how about a pic of your haircut.
The Coalition will cut the company tax rate by 1.5 per cent from 1 July 2015.
This tax cut will boost jobs and strengthen the economy.
With unemployment already at the highest level in 14 years – and set to surge further to nearly 800,000 on the Government’s own forecasts – cutting tax is crucial to strengthening the economy and creating the right environment for jobs. A company tax cut will provide Australians with more job security.
The Coalition understands the clear connection between taxation policy and investment, jobs and increasing wages.
That is why along with our company tax cut, the Coalition will – if elected – scrap the carbon tax, scrap the mining tax, cut $1 billion in red tape costs and not proceed with Labor’s $1.8 billion fringe benefits tax hit on cars.
Our company tax cut is part of our Real Solutions Plan to create one million new jobs within five years and to build a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians.
Hmmm – another eleventy billion to cut somewhere, further entrenching a structural deficit and further ensuring a recession due to misguided “austerity”. These guys really have NFI…
Funnily, the usual suspects being half truthful. The so called tax cut was tied to the mining tax legislation that collects fuck all.
It was blocked by the coalition and the Greens. Imagine the state of the budget if the tax cuts went through with no mining tax revenue to cover such? Come in spinners/liars!
But it doesn’t add up Bacchus, which is why Hockey is refusing to have their stuff costed.
They are simultaneously promising huge reductions in government revenue and increased government spending all apparently paid for by sacking a number of public servants that doesn’t get anywhere near close enough to make up for the shortfall, and by cutting red tape, which will apparently save them $1 billion but cost far more than that in the destroyed environment, tax payers being ripped off and increased health costs.
They could sack the entire public service and it wouldn’t make up for their shortfalls.
Chis Bowen now on ABC 24
it appears that the National Party has not seen Abbott’s PPL scheme.
Carr and Bishop debate from 5.45 eastern time
Oh! one of the Libs out to strangle everyone’s sensibilities is here. 21 months till the tax cut. What will you do in the meantime if you gain power? That is the worry.
Prefer to stay with tried and true present Labor Govt. thanks. Too risky to change now.
You don’t prefer who governs, the swinging voters will decide.
Yes, getting nasty.
Burke now on ABC 24 Morrison making things up. What a surprise
This might be a mistake. To easy for Turnbull to turn it into an attack on NBNco, while his scheme does not get a mention.
I have a lot of faith in Albanese, and if he survives this, he will be better than even I though.
NBN Press Club debate: It’s on
Another idiot that puts inane tweets up! Andrew Forrester?
Once again correct. Abbott misquoting, in fact close to lying once again, Anything new in that.
Abbott actually shook hands with some workers today at the cordial factory, then they march behind him. Wonder what would have happened if they decided not to.
This is what was missing today from Abbott and Hockey.
“albeit coupled with a change in non-renewable resource rent taxation.”
What’s a wanker the Author is, what idiot thinks low interest rates are a good thing? Don’t you have Superannuation, how do you think low interest rates and interest rate cuts effect that? Don’t you have savings and investments, how do you think low interest rates and interest rate cuts effect them? Only ONE THIRD the population benefits from low interest and interest rate cuts, the other TWO THIRDS are worse off. Only the wealthy who have invested in real estate and negative gear benefit, not the poor….Author please get an education if your going to make comments about things you know knotting about.