A bit of background: Some foreign visitors are struggling to follow the story. So read the original post first then come back up to read the updates. A quick precis: yesterday allegations emerged on twitter of a menu at a Liberal party fund-raiser. The menu was ‘leaked’ by a former employee of the cafe where the fund-raiser had occurred. After the fact it turns out that the menu was fake – or, at least, not the official menu used on the evening.
Update: Bunyip writes to draw our attention to these older tweets from our Tweeter:
Puts it all into context – very nicely I think. There is more that I have found and retweeted.
Update 2: Prick with a fork wonders about the skills of our tweeter and his fellow kitchen staff to actually produce such fine foods.
Without debating the jokes, the supposedly scandalous menu indicates foie gras, quail, butter-poached crayfish, jamon Iberico bacon-and-eggs with caviar, and so on were served up on the night …
With all due respect to the crew, this sort of night might be a bit ambitious for this kitchen: I’m sure they serve nice stuff, veal cutlets and steaks and pizzas and the like, but hardly anything that flash.
Update 3: Arthur in comments draws our attention to our tweeter’s Facebook likes. NSFW.
So here is the catalyst: Joe Hockey annoys someone.
So being annoyed it’s time to get even.
Our Tweeter had previously tried to get the message out.
To be fair – the argument that he missed the original tweet is plausible. But PvO did get the message yesterday and retweeted (and was quickly told the truth).
It turns out our tweeter also told the PM’s office. Them missing a tweet isn’t plausible. They employ people to monitor the tweeter thread. He claimed to have tweeted Rudd too – but Rudd called him out on that and he withdrew that allegation.
In the meantime what a juicy story? Then the questions began. See the questions – see the answers. Interview by 140 characters. Some alarm bells should have rung.
You would think that is the killer question – was the menu on the tables?
So our tweeter has issues with the former employer. Emerson is correct – it would be impossible to miss. But as was indicated on PM Live last night Joe Hockey has had his stomach stapled, so he isn’t looking at menus, but the other guests would have noticed and remembered. This story would have broken then. Just one person (not) at the dinner would have thought the menu was over the top? I don’t think so.
So the whole story is hearsay and our tweeter can’t answer any of the important questions.
So he doesn’t know who wrote the menu, if it distributed, and he wasn’t even working at the place at the time. But he “knows” the owner would have distributed it and he “knows” Joe Hockey was there and would have seen it.