OPINION: Bob Hawke beer skol something local politicians should replicate

Bob Hawke raises his empty glass to the crowd after skolling a beer at the SCG today. Picture: Channel Nine.
Bob Hawke raises his empty glass to the crowd after skolling a beer at the SCG today. Picture: Channel Nine.

I was watching Bob Hawke skol a beer at the cricket today and thought, that’s how you get elected.

The candidates for Mandurah and Dawesville should try to emulate Bob in this year’s State election.

He’s a man of the people, is Bob.

They don’t make politicians like him anymore.

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Some politicians are impersonal and exude an elitist air, with no knowledge of how the rest of us live.

Bob knows – he knows we like a beer, we like to watch sport, we like public holidays.

What did he do as Prime Minister? Who knows. What year was he Prime Minister? Who knows.

What we all know is that in 1955, he drank 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds at university and set a record.

When have any of our candidates set a similar record?

We don’t need new bridges, or funding for health centres, or roads.

We need a man who can sink some booze.

It’s important to be a man of the people (not a woman of the people – there are no local female major party candidates up for office this State election).

McGowan, Barnett, Turnbull and Shorten take note.

This is how you get remembered.