Did you see this blurry photo doing the rounds on social media today?
Yep, that’s our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott driving a fire truck…
Cue: Cyberspace erupting in a tirade of annoyance and outrage.
“The PM shouldn’t be putting himself at risk like that, remember Harold Holt?” asked one concerned online commenter. “He’s the Prime Minister not an action hero” an angry woman on Facebook remarked. “What a shameless publicity grab” chorused many of the left leaning political Twitterati.
One friend even told me privately “This isn’t the Middle Ages anymore. The King doesn’t need to rally and motivate his soldiers by leading the vanguard into battle. Winston Churchill did a pretty great job at winning WWII from a bunker in London. Tony can do a pretty great job at assisting the RFS from Canberra.”