Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has quit as chairman of the Barangaroo Design Excellence Review Panel rather than stop calling the development’s detractors “‘sandal-wearing, muesli-chewing, bike-riding pedestrians.”
Like all great put-downs, Mr Keating’s latest leaves the target unsure how to respond. It’s not clear whether the problem is the muesli—or the fact that anti-Barangaroo campaigners are chewing before they swallow.
Of course, no-one could dispute that the worst kind of pedestrian is the kind who rides a bike.
The breakfast-themed criticism has raised the question of what Mr Keating is having every morning to be this bitter. The answer: two grapefruit without sugar and a punch in the nuts.
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, who forced Mr Keating to choose between the job and mouthing off in public, is personally gratified by the move. The rest of us haven’t had a chance to fire Paul Keating since 1996.