Murray McCully is a forward-thinking Foreign Minister who always knows how to get things done.
Actually, no, he’s not. As the Saudi sheep-to-sand deal has always suggested, he’s either incompetent or corrupt. And as the just-released 18-months-in-the-preparation AG report into the deal has just decided he is definitely not corrupt (can’t be; the AG says so!), that only leaves the other alternative.
Hearing him yesterday declare Saudi Arabia to be “the gateway for the African continent” confirms that conclusion – also suggesting he invest in a better atlas. (And as one wag said yesterday, "’significant shortcomings’ is probably the best performance review Murray's had in ages.")
McCully’s pandering to Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf – from sending him millions of dollars, then flying over live sheep, to setting up some kind of “Agrihub” in the middle of the Arabian desert, to who knows what else? – it all suggests less a competent minister than someone who is being well played. It puts one in mind not so much of a crafty Metternich who “gets the job done” but a small-time Nigerian scammer made by a good scambaiter to be his dupe.
Something like this, with McCully being the retard with the skateboard:
[Cartoon by Emmerson]