Slip of the tongue? Bull$*&%, says Opposition
Arjun Ramachandran | March 9, 2009
An apparent slip-up in which Kevin Rudd swore on national TV last night was actually a carefully scripted line, crafted by the Labor Party, to increase the Prime Minister's appeal with workers, the Opposition claims.
Mr Rudd uttered the swear word on Channel Seven last night as he sought to explain why the Government needed to borrow money during the financial slowdown.
"You either sit back as government and do nothing and just wait for the free market to fix it all up, or you step in and try and fill the breach for a temporary period," he said.
"That means temporary borrowings. People have to understand that because there's going to be the usual political shit storm, sorry, political storm."
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While Mr Rudd apologised and corrected himself immediately, Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton said the phrase was no accident, even though the Prime Minister had acted as though it was.
"It was a scripted moment ... he doesn't let slip with these sorts of lines," Mr Dutton said on Sky News this morning.
"He wants to talk and appeal to workers."
It was also likely Mr Rudd had used the language as a response to being labelled a "toxic bore" by Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott a fortnight ago, Mr Dutton said.
He said the line would have been carefully crafted by Mr Rudd's minders and tested in focus groups.