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NASTY START: Nats Leader Peter Ryan jokes that a passing ambulance with siren blaring “was off to the Brumby household”

peterryandoof 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 “it was off to the Brumby household” to the unimpressed scribes.

Channel Nine let him off pretty lightly on it but not so lightly that they didn’t mention his rather foolish, offensive and Neanderthal attempt at what we think was suicide humour. Perhaps there’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.

It’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 that’s precisely what he should do.

Here’s the vision of the Ryan press conference, he delivers his unpleasant line about 2 minutes into the news report.

We have sought comment from Mr Ryan.


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  1. Gee he has got a big nose.

    Posted by SP | November 29, 2010, 6:50
  2. Shit a brick are you that sensitive. It was a throw away line on the spur of the moment and might have been aimed at Brumby having a nervous reaction to the fact that he stuffed up again and that him and his commo mates will be in the doghouse for years to come. But then again he wont be there as Ros Spence is waiting in the wings to move in when he jumps. Another Bracks!!

    Posted by andy bult | November 29, 2010, 8:21
  3. A rather tasteless comment. But supposing Brumby had said it was going to the Baillieu house? Or Keating said it was off to collect John Howard? I’m betting the assembled journos would have found it very funny indeed.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | November 29, 2010, 8:29
  4. Come on, Andy, it’s the sort of joke you would be proud to have written here at Vexy. You’re jealous.

    Posted by Tony | November 29, 2010, 8:43
  5. “Unpleasant”? WTF?

    Ryan is a comedic genius. No wonder the left-wing ALP lost to a Coalition of such high quality patriots.

    Posted by Ryan is a Legend | November 29, 2010, 8:49
  6. Very funny off the cuff remark, Ryan has a good sense of humour.
    Probably need a second ambulance for that arrogant turd Hulls. Cant wait for his resignation speech later in the week.

    Posted by Bill Calvin | November 29, 2010, 8:51
  7. As Rob Hulls would say, “you can’t just run away and sook each time somebody calls you names”.

    Oh by the way Rob Hulls – eat shit. Eat shit with a gold plated spoon and the finest french crockery. I’m getting a chubby just thinking about your boorish loudmouth bastard ass getting a kicking for a change.

    Posted by Ron | November 29, 2010, 9:07
  8. Sorry Tony, I am too busy eating to meet with you.

    Posted by Natasha Manclaren | November 29, 2010, 9:56
  9. Lame on Andy, Lame on.

    The patriots have arrived. What a glorious day.

    Posted by The march of the patriots | November 29, 2010, 10:22
  10. It’s a great one-liner. I had a chuckle. I wish I was that quick off the mark.

    Posted by Walter Plinge | November 29, 2010, 11:06
  11. Harden up Andrew.

    Posted by John | November 29, 2010, 11:12
  12. It is displaying arrogance & is a disgraceful comment from a would be leader

    Posted by Jennifer Werden | November 29, 2010, 11:20
  13. Sheesh, get a sense of humour. Political correctness gone mad! let the winners enjoy the moment for a brief time.

    That reminds me, did you hear the one about the Palestinian, the jew and the camel?

    Posted by Perce White | November 29, 2010, 12:10
  14. It was, in retrospeect, and unfortunate remark… but amusing at the time no doubt.
    I too think you’re being a little oversensative, it hardly rates a stand-alone place in this great news site.

    @Ron: Best thing I’ve read all day. Genuine laugh out loud moment in the office :)

    Posted by LeftRightOut | November 29, 2010, 12:42
  15. Peter Ryan is the reason why the Coalition will form the next government. He provides the necessary conservative balance to the Premier-elect’s trendy tendencies. He deserves the success he has had and should make a much more formidable Deputy Premier than the previous National Party incumbent who unfortunately cowered in front of Kennett. We are in for interesting times as a whole series of conscience votes will pepper the Parliament as the Premier-elect’s pet topics come up for the vote. A tight result means that every backbencher is important on both sides and this is great for parliamentary democracy. Let’s hope we do get an Anti-Corruption Commission with real teeth and the power to hold the Executive arm of government to account. Also, I applaud the intention to provide some real Freedom of Information reform and hope it is introduced before too many Ministers are captured by their departmental heads who don’t want any scrutiny.

    By the way, I heard the comment and thought it was school boy funny, albeit a little naughty and inappropriate. It certainly didn’t comply with any of the precepts of political correctness but then again, that’s Hulls’ area of interest. I think John Brumby may be hurting now just like Fraser was in 1982 and Kennett in 1999. Hard men fall hard. However, given their past sins, a bit of gloating by the liberators is to be expected, even if it isn’t gracious.

    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, there is a big job ahead to cut the size of government while dealing with the spending priorities of the election promises.

    It will be an interesting few months.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | November 29, 2010, 12:52
  16. Ryan would not want to be too cocky, back in the 1990s there are very unsavoury skeletons in his closet.

    Posted by anon | November 29, 2010, 13:05
  17. Whats the big deal. I’d say worse things to Dirty Labor Dogs! Make me Premier and watch me go……….

    Posted by Patriot | November 29, 2010, 14:08
  18. If I was in Ryan’s place I’d have said that may be Brumbee has had a heart attack or his wife might have beaten him up for losing his balls. Wouldn’t that be nice ;)

    Posted by Patriot | November 29, 2010, 14:10
  19. @Natasha Manclaren: Stop Making fun of Fat people!

    Posted by Patriot | November 29, 2010, 14:11
  20. The end of Hullstopia – bye bye you stinking turd.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2010, 14:19
  21. The sharp wit of Mr Ryan shows why he should be Premier.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2010, 14:24
  22. Goodbye Hulls. Go back to Mt Isa.

    Posted by The march of the patriots | November 29, 2010, 14:26
  23. Ryan forgets that miscreant Marie Tehan and Intergraph the creature of Liberal mismanagement when he thinks ambulances. Look out the bitch is back.

    Posted by Micky D | November 29, 2010, 14:27
  24. It is an arrogance that we will see more of in the coming days

    Posted by Sandy Watson | November 29, 2010, 15:39
  25. Why are the Labor party supporters so sensitive?
    If ” see a head and kick it”Rob Hulls had made a similar comment about the coalition the bogans from the Labor party would be laughing hysterically so get a bloody life!

    Posted by Jo Goss | November 29, 2010, 18:15
  26. Jo Goss may like immaturity.
    I am sure Ted will not be impressed with Peter’s arrogance and will stress to him & others that the smart alec style is not the way to go.

    Posted by Kylie French | November 29, 2010, 18:20
  27. I see there are few Rob Hulls fans. Treasonous bastard of the highest order. We better get our grand juries back!

    Posted by The Truth | November 29, 2010, 20:08
  28. How many Labor Party hacks and apparatchiks are out of a job now?

    They will have to find real jobs?

    How will they cope ?????

    Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010, 1:22
  29. Ryan is a miserable, grubby turd who sold out the bush during the Kennett years. Its great that Ted is Premier, but this nasty fool is political poison.

    Posted by politicalrealist | November 30, 2010, 6:28
  30. The true character of Peter Ryan peeped above the parapet for all to see. Wonder if he got a hard on when Brumby’s father died?

    Posted by Harry The B | November 30, 2010, 10:54
  31. lighten up is this vex news or the feminist review

    Posted by reds are better in bed | November 30, 2010, 11:44
  32. It is very disappointing that Ryan would say such things when he is about to undertake his most important job ever. Victorians would be disapointed that he shows such immaturity at this time.

    Posted by Jennifer Walsh | November 30, 2010, 13:46
  33. I cant wait for ICAC to be up and running. Hulls might have a few questions to answer about an assault in a court building by a close friend. Stay tuned the truth is coming

    Posted by andy bult | November 30, 2010, 17:29
  34. That line reminds me of when Colin Brooks said that a community rep should “stand up for herself” when she was wheelchair bound. Not funny at all.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2010, 20:11


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