So. Australian political leader — NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has resigned in what has become known as #GrangeGate.
The resignation was not over the gift of a $3,000 bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange Hermitage, no, what brought Barry unstuck were his good manners.
On Tuesday, the then Premier fronted the Independent Commission Against Corruption, denying under oath he had received the bottle of wine in question.
His downfall was his handwritten thank you note, which miraculously arose today (well it is nearly Easter).
Bad blue Barry. You shouldn’t have listened to the enclave of etiquette experts that tsk “obviously every gift requires a thank-you note.”
The heady topic has been covered by Oprah, and Jimmy Fallon writes out his thank you notes each week. Thankfully he is taking the proverbial.
Barry even religiously followed the suggested format for his thank you note — addressing the giver, expressing gratitude, and how much the gesture means to him.
All very proper — now he’s out of a job. For a simple scrawl about a bottle of red that was allegedly on the nose.
This all happened the very day The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge (Kate’n'Will’n'George to us Aussies) arrived in Sydney for the start of their Australian wave-a-thon.
Barry was supposed to host Mr & Mrs C. at a gala
h Sydney Opera House knees-up, though was an obvious no-show. Bugger.
I hope Mrs O’Farrell kept the receipt for the frock she was going to wear.
©Steve Williams 2014