It is said that Cabbies are the political barometers of a society and I’m happy to acknowledge that. driving people around everyday lets you see and hear what is important to them. Occasionally when they drive around aspirants for high office like Bill Shorten they can also provide insights in to the sort of leader they might be if and when they attain that which the covet.With that in mind I was rather amused by this anecdote that my brother alerted me to this morning.
Once inside the vehicle, Mr Shorten became “abrasive” while giving directions to the Jones Street entrance of the university, David said.
“Shorten got in the front, I knew he was straight away, he didn’t say hello to me or anything.
“He kept saying ‘we’re going to UTS, it’s in the city’, he was really aggressive, he looked like Golem,” David told The Daily Telegraph. “He was quite loud, looking down his nose at me … He was very intimidating.”
David then told Mr Shorten: “You don’t have to yell at me, I’m just dropping you to where you want to go.”
The cab driver, who also shared his experience with 2GB’s Steve Price last night, also said Mr Shorten appeared to be arranging a planted question with a person on the other end of the mobile phone.
“He got straight on the phone to someone and said ‘Hey big boy, ask me this – Albo will be fine with it … ask us the type of prime minister we would like to be remembered as.”
A very similar question was asked of the two prospective leaders last night, to which Mr Shorten replied: “If I was to be prime minister I’d like to be known as the prime minister for the powerless, the disempowered, the people who don’t have a voice in our society.”
Following the prickly conversation, David said Mr Shorten attempted to apologise.
“He wound the window up. He had fear in his eyes, like he was thinking ‘oh s***, I shouldn’t have done this.”
David said one of the men in the back seat paid the fare of $15.60 when they arrived at the destination.
“The guy paid in cash, $15.60 bang on, no tip, three 20 cent pieces.”
- Bill Shorten backs higher super payments to build aged care fund (theguardian.com)
- Shorten should lead Labor: Marles (sbs.com.au)
- Anthony Albanese v Bill Shorten: Labor leadership debate – politics live blog – The Guardian (vote-pedia.com)
- Taxi driver and the Golem (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Taxi driver accuses Bill Shorten of planting leadership debate question (theguardian.com)
- Shorten admits setting up question (news.com.au)