GUBU

Aussie politics is robust, and splendid at the same time. Check out this about GUBU:

As a follower of Irish politics, the Liberal Party’s federal director, Brian Loughnane, is a fan of the acronym GUBU.

Wheeled out in Ireland on occasions of scandal and disrepute, GUBU stands for ”grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented”.

Last Monday night, after Julia Gillard saw off Kevin Rudd in the leadership ballot and then Mark Arbib quit the Senate, Loughnane thought GUBU an apt term to apply to the state of the Labor government. And that was before events turned really strange on Tuesday, when the Herald online exposed the attempt to lure Bob Carr to Canberra as foreign affairs minister and silliness ensued before Gillard salvaged the situation on Thursday.

It will be days, if not weeks, before the impact of the events of the past fortnight filters through in the opinion polls. Despite a few brainless attempts to impute otherwise, Rudd had nothing to do with the on-again,off-again, on-again Carr saga. Consequently, his followers felt smug vindication as it dogged the government. More SNAFU than GUBU, they reasoned. And while, superficially, the Carr coup looks a winner, it and the whole cabinet reshuffle have caused internal consternation.

 


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