Threlfall is appalled the attack ad â€œstereotypes country people as slow-witted, uncouth and bigoted.â€
Country Alliance â€“ which is a dark-horse that could quite possibly win a spot in the upper house in the northern Victorian province due to its rising popularity and nice flow of preferences â€“ has called Greens party to immediately remove the offensive video nasty and apologise for running down country people.
Their candidate in Shepparton Dennis Patterson said country people watching the viral video would be left â€œappalled by the way they had been ridiculed and humiliated.â€
He wasted no time hopping right back into the extreme-left party:
â€œIt confirms our view that the Greens are city-based lefties with a total disregard for the sensitivities and challenges facing country people,â€ he said.
â€œHere we are after 14 years of drought, fighting to keep our water , our jobs and our way of life â€“ and all they can do is belittle and insult us,â€ Mr Patterson said.
the Greens have stepped up to the plate and shown that they to can be just as dismissive of the electorateâ€¦Guys, winning votes by making fun of rural stereotypes isnâ€™t the way to increase your base. And it backs up the one thing that The Greens should be trying to dismiss, that if you live in the country the Greens donâ€™t like you and dont represent you. If the Nats want to get a leg up they should just offer to show this commercial in rural electorates.
The politically very even-handed William Bowe of Poll Bludger described it as:
the dumbest piece of political communication I’ve seen in years
Itâ€™s never a pleasant sight when political extremists let their kimono slip open and reveal the big hairy prejudice that lies within.