Usually the end of an election in Australia means a relatively civil period where any transition occurs very politely. It seems the normally really impressive Nats Leader and incoming Deputy Premier Peter Ryan missed that memo if his effort yesterday is any guide.
At the conclusion of his presser on the front steps of Parliament House, an ambulance sped by with siren wailing loudly, prompting him to remark â€œit was off to the Brumby householdâ€ to the unimpressed scribes.
Channel Nine let him off pretty lightly on it but not so lightly that they didnâ€™t mention his rather foolish, offensive and Neanderthal attempt at what we think was suicide humour. Perhaps thereâ€™s a more innocent explanation but we struggle to think of one.
We have written in the past that Ryan ought to have replaced Baillieu as Coalition Leader and have generally thought he was the impressive senior conservative politician in state politics. His behind-closed-doors but strong championing of putting the Greens party last in Coalition preferences played a crucial role in shafting the extreme-left party. But for as good as all that was his remark does much to diminish him in our eyes, and we suspect in the perception of many other people.
Itâ€™s not the best way to start his triumphant week with an apology to the former Premier and his family for such a spiteful, malicious and tasteless remark but thatâ€™s precisely what he should do.
We have sought comment from Mr Ryan.