Alcohol and politicians don’t mix


August 29, 2005 11:49 AM

So it was reported that on a Friday night August 5th (EDIT: factual error) whilst attending a booze-up, the Opposition Leader for the State of New South Wales had called the Malaysian-born wife of the former Premier Bob Carr (from the rival Labor party) a “mail-order bride”. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he pinched a female reporter’s behind and propositioned another. He is married with a young child (EDIT: factual error).

This morning, he had tendered his resignation as leader of the Liberal Party NSW. Which was what Bob Carr insisted on even when Helena Carr had graciously shrugged it off (read about their different reactions here).

Alcohol and politicians don’t mix and there is definitely no place for racism in government whether at the State or Federal levels.

Brogden quits over racist slur | Top stories | Breaking News 24/7 – NEWS.com.au (29-08-2005)

8 thoughts on “Alcohol and politicians don’t mix

  1. Anonymous

    actually alcohol and politics do mix. you just have to be the right sort of drunk. take Bob Hawke for example. if you get pissed its way safer to declare a new public holiday or cheat on your wife.

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  2. CW

    I bet Brogden is really regretting it now.. I mean, what was he thinking, having one too many around a bunch of journos?!?!

    I still say alcohol and work don’t mix – I would never ever get drunk at any function that had anything to do with work. (Well I wouldn’t get drunk anywhere, but you know what I mean.)

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  3. mooiness

    cw: yup definitely – and like you said, what kinda politician gets drunk around journos. That’s just asking for it.

    But you know what they – a drunk man speaks what a sober man thinks. Good riddance I’d say. πŸ˜‰

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  4. cherryripe

    Something that stood out from the news article you linked on Helena and Bob Carr’s reactions:

    “Helena came to this country in 1965. She has never until this moment in all these years encountered a racist remark, a racist aside, a racist comment.”

    All i can say is Helena Carr must’ve led a charmed existence until boorish Brogden’s remark made it’s impact.

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  5. mooiness

    cherryripe: indeed-y. I came in 1988 and I experienced it in my first week! πŸ˜› And my relatives in Sydney has definitely encountered it and they’ve been there since 1980? Maybe she was misquoted – perhaps she meant “never encountered racism from a person in government?” πŸ˜‰

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