That’s Daniel Andrews – the Victorian ALP leader.
I’ve only seen him in action twice. The first time as a talking head on election night in 2010 when the Brumby government unexpectedly lost the state election and then recently when it looked like the Napthine government might fall on the floor of the Parliament.
On both occasions he was very impressive. The last couple of days, however, he has been underwhelming. He must know it too – look at the body language and the shamed face.
The Baillieu and Napthine governments have been particularly underwhelming and, until the weekend, it looked like Andrews was going to be the next Premier. But now even The Age are editorialising about his competence:
Labor leader Daniel Andrews and some of his party officials must believe Victorians are dupes, because the explanation they have offered about what happened to a journalist’s tape recorder after it came into the custody of Labor operatives is manifestly implausible and patently disingenuous.
Labor’s response has been fundamentally dishonest. Why didn’t Mr Samaras return the recorder when he saw the Fairfax Media sticker on the back? Why didn’t Mr Carroll or Mr McLindon direct their colleague to return it? Why did they even discuss distributing it? How many other memory sticks were there with copies? Who passed a copy of the Baillieu conversation to Liberal operatives? When exactly was the recorder destroyed? We could go on.
How strange. How convenient.
His chief of staff did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.
His press secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.
His party’s secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.
His party’s assistant secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.
His party’s lawyers did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.
Is Daniel Andrews telling the truth, or does he really not have a clue what his team does when he’s not in the room?
Over on Twitter the luvvies are trying to hang this on the journalist. Well that’s not going to work and will only serve to further annoy The Age and make the ALP look bad.