Kooky eccentric, former UN Weapons Inspector and all-round funster, Richard Butler has just been appointed as Her Majesty’s Representative in Tasmania.
Last heard of banging on pretty much endlessly about Howard’s perfidy in claiming Iraq had WMD – despite the fact that he himself had been saying much the same thing for years – Butler, an avowed republican, is now enroute to Hobart to preside over that proud state’s vice-regal estate.
Still supportive of the Republic, Butler told ABC Radio’s Richard Glover tonight that it’s just a case of ‘not yet.’ “It’s more the next stage of our national development and, anyway, the Queen herself is a republican – at least as far as Australia’s concerned.” Does that clear it up, or what?
The good news is that he’s promised to say nothing controversial for the duration of his term. The much better news is that he’s probably absolutely incapable of maintaining that commitment. Should be acres of satirical copy coming up!
Butler has no birth/life connection with Tasmania at all, but Premier Jim Bacon says it doesn’t matter: he’ll put Tassie on the map! Jeez….I hope he was being ironic….