Much merriment has been had over the weekend with Rebekah Brook’s evidence to the Leveson Inquiry that British Prime Minister David Cameron was under the misapprehension that the textspeak “LOL” meant “Lots of Love”, not “Laugh out Loud”.
However, one might assume that not even Cameron would be gormless enough in PMQs to quote anyone encumbered with the initials “WTF”. But such a personage was given the honour of a citation in Losers Lounge this past week.
In answer to a question on the impact of the Federal Budget on the Illawarra, the Government’s Mr Everywhere, Minister for Finance and Services, and Minister for the Illawarra, Greg Pearce, cited expressions of opinion regarding the Budget carried in the Illawarra Mercury:
The feeling of neglect in the region is captured in a letter to the editor entitled “Forgotten region”. WTF Nothing writes:
Thanks for nothing, Julia. Clearly it does not pay to be a safe Labor seat. Bring on the next election and lets boot Labor out.
(While he’s the first Minister in the long distinguished history of self government in NSW to utter “WTF” on to the parliamentary record, it will come as no surprise to keen observers of Losers Lounge that the honour of the first usage of “WTF” in Hansard by a Member of Parliament goes to The Hon. Peter Phelps, who managed the feat on the occasion of his very first speech.)
Pearce took the quote from the Illawarra Mercury’s “From the Web” in the print edition on 10 May, which had this:
There is nothing for the Illawarra region.
After Julia Gillard came down here when BlueScope announced 1000 job loses and said how much she cared for us and that she would not forget us, the budget has nothing for us. Thanks for nothing, Julia. Clearly it does not pay to be a safe Labor seat. Bring on the next election and let’s boot Labor out.
The Illawarra Mercury lifted that from the comments page on an item “Budget 2012: Funding Scarce for Illawarra”, which appeared thus:
There is nothing for the illawarra region. After juliar gillard came down here when blue scope announced one thousand job loses and said how much she cared for us that she would not forget us . The budget has nothing for us . Thanks for nothing juliar. Clearly it does not pay to be a safe labour seat. Bring on the next election and lets boot these idiots out.
The author gave his name as “What TF. Nothing”.
For its print edition, the Mercury gave the comment quite a polish: removing the references to “Juliar”, correcting spellings and typos and replacing a reference to “these idiots” with “Labor” (although at this point in time they may quite possibly be accepted synonyms). And attributing the comment to “WTF Nothing”.
I expect Mr Pearce to be soon citing such eminent citizens as I P Freely and Amanda Hugnkiss in support of the cause.