Melbourne Lord Mayoral candidate Bob ‘King’ Crawford today attacked the presence of US owned franchises in the city, including the much loved KFC, a brand of YUM Foods, founded by ‘Colonel’ Harland Sanders, whose invention of pressure cooked fried chicken has been equated by some with electricity, penicillin and the internet.
He was asked on a Herald Sun online blog:
Q: Do you think there are too many American owned franchises like KFC in Melbourne?
A: Yes. I hate the fact that we are losing all those signs that used to be Australia.
The octogenarian candidate also said he was “frightened” about the prospect of Robert Doyle becoming Lord Mayor. A fear only exceeded it seems by Ted Baillieu. Despite the attack on Doyle, Crawford insisted he wasn’t intent on bad-mouthing anyone.
He struggled to explain how he was going to get regulatory approval for a “City lottery” given that Tattslotto enjoys a state monopoly.
Crawford explained that he has lives in the municipality, in Southbank, and owns a business in the city called Planet Records.
His odd plan to construct a monorail prompted a cheeky question about whether his plan was inspired by the Simpsons. He didn’t deny it.
He pledged not to fly first or business class if elected as Lord Mayor and that he would adopt a hybrid car as his official vehicle.
One correspondent insisted that his plan to impose “mesmeratic art” on the municipality was much more frightening “than poor old Robert Doyle”. Crawford still had heads scratching when he explained “Mesmeratic art is the creating of works. The more you look, the more you see, whereby it’s possible to sit in front of a painting for numerous hours and still see new things to see.”
The big issues were raised too:
Q: How do you scrub up in black tie? Are you a drinker?
A: In black tie, I look absolutely fantastic. On a good a day, I only look 80. And I’m only an occasional drinker. Cascade Light mainly.
Not all ratepayers were polite:
Q: Having studied your website, I find you to be a meglomaniac with an inflated view of yourself and someone who dwells on blessing bestowed in years gone by. How will you combat this perception?
A; Hi Harry. I’m glad you have visited http://www.bobkingcrawford.com and you describe me almost perfectly. But I do have a sense of humour and I hope you had a laugh at it.
Click here to see the entire exchange.