Is it really a gaffe? Or just a good sledge?

The media are trying to claim that Tony Abbott made a gaffe when he said that Kevin Rudd shouldn’t pretend to be the “suppository of all wisdom”.

I’m not sure that is a gaffe. Kevin Rudd is full of shit and suppository seems appropriate.

IT WAS a linguistic mix up that caught everyone’s attention as Tony Abbott declared to a roomful of Liberal faithful this morning that no one can be a “suppository of all wisdom”.

The Opposition Leader made the gaffe at a campaign event in the Melbourne electorate of Deakin where he was implicitly criticising Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for running the government as a “one-man band”. 

Mr Abbott likely meant to say repository, a place for storage, but instead referred to a drug delivery system inserted into the rectum.

“You don’t get good decisions from government if all the decisions are simply made by one person,” he said.

“No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom.”

The gaffe caused reporters to giggle but Mr Abbot was unfazed, continuing with his speech before the crowd of about 100 people.

I’d guess the reporters giggled because they, like everyone else in Australia think Rudd is such a narcissistic arse loaded tot he brim that suppository was entirely appropriate.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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