There’s been a side story to the political shenanigans in Canberra this week. The social media shenanigans of the public.
And it’s been as much talked about as the political bloodbath played out within the Liberal Party (hasn’t it been mesmerising watching them eat their own).
For anybody not hooked into the Twittersphere/Facebooksphere for a permanent dripfeed of fun, here’s a taster.
Peter Dutton – the people’s choice for Prime Minister. No, I’m not talking about the politician, but the 30-year-old popcorn entrepreneur from Texas who found himself with a whole stack of new “friends and family” Down Under after his Twitter feed was inundated with messages from geographically-challenged tweeters.
Read more: How the Australian public reacted
He tried to get across that he wasn’t looking to be Oz’s next PM (the endless stream of notification pings were keeping him and his wife awake). When that failed he embraced his 15 minutes of fame. Morning TV. Check. Promos for his Soul Popped popcorn (coming to Amazon Australia soon). Check. Great sense of humor. Check. Honorary Australian. Double Check.
So, just for the record @peterdutton5 is not the person you want to be Tweeting (with commiserations).
Then there was the push for Rick Astley (remember Rick-rolling?). This time it was because he’s never gonna give you up/let you down/ run around and desert you/make you cry/say goodbye/ tell a lie and hurt you. Vote 1 Rick.
Aussie friends: What’s the best airline to get me to Australia? The genuine love has convinced me that I need to come personally say “Thank You” to all of my Australian family! Any insight would help.— Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton5) August 23, 2018
Peter “The Peoples PM” Dutton 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/tECao7C8Iz
There was also a suggestion that the Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer could suit up for the podium of power. Or the empty chair vacated by Turnbull could run. Or just about anybody but the current crop of politicians.
Amidst all this, the rest of us were advised to Keep Calm – Only Three Prime Ministers Until Christmas.
Rounding off the laughs were a few cartoonish comparisons – Turnbull (to Mr Burns from The Simpsons) and Dutton (to He Who Shall Not Be Named… then Voldemort disintergrating when he lost).
Whatever happens next, hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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