Queensland state MP and ladies man Ronan Lee has stunned colleagues by dumping life-long colleagues in the Labor Party for the poorly performing Queensland Greens Party.
Some wags suggested this morning that he’d already exhausted the supply of Young Labor women and was looking to “greener pastures”.
Lee compared himself with one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century by saying the change was like Bob Dylan’s move to electric: It’s the same great tunes but there’s just a bit more oomph.
Modesty is clearly not a pre-condition of Greens Party membership, although Bob Brown’s Leader’s office staff had already established that doctrine reasonably well.
“The Leader” was up there spinning enthusiastically for his young rat recruit, declaring the move “courageous”. “Courageous would have been resigning and re-contesting”, one seasoned Ronan Lee watcher told VEXNEWS. “This is all about what’s best for Ronan.”
Others suggest that the socially conservative Ronan Lee will not fit in very well at all with Queensland Greens on abortion and has calculated he’d receive more support in his seat from them than from Labor because his seat of Indooroopilly is based on some of Brisbane’s ritziest suburbs that have narrowly voted Labor only when their vote was very strong and while the Liberals were in a state of dysfunction.
Dylan buffs will also be wondering whether Family First is a future option for former Comrade Lee. Bob’s famous turn to evangelical Christianity drove his 60’s era fans mad.
Perhaps the Greens party will be plenty mad enough for Mr Lee.