Sco-Mo opens up in one-on-one

FEDERAL POLITICS:

The Bug is proud to present its first sit-down interview with Prime Minister Scott Morrison since his totally unexpected election victory in May. We hope it gives Bug readers a better insight into a master political tactician who has been underestimated by rivals his entire life, especially on both sides of politics, at their peril as it’s turned out.

The Bug: Thanks for your time, Prime Minister.

PM: My pleasure.

The Bug: At the outset, can we just say that while our publication might from time to time be perceived as having a left-wing bent, we were appalled recently to read that veteran political scribe Mungo MacCallum had described you as a hollow man. We totally disagree with that view.

PM: Well, thank you very much.
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The Bug: Put simply, anyone who could come up with “if you have a go, you’ll get a go” is anything but a hollow man.

PM: Thank you. How good is that as a slogan, eh? I even worked Winx into it during the election campaign.

The Bug: Yes we noticed that. A hollow man couldn’t have done that.

PM: Thanks.

The Bug: And during the campaign you scored a lot of points with “when Labor runs out of its money, it’ll come after yours”.

PM: Don’rt forget the kicker: Bill Shorten would have his hands in your pockets.

The Bug: Not the work of a hollow man.

PM: I wouldn’t think so.

The Bug: And we’re assuming “It’s your money and we want you to keep more of it” was pure Morrison?

PM: What can I say….?

The Bug: “We won’t be matching Labor’s unfunded empathy” was also one of yours?

PM: Well, yes, of course.
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The Bug: And “the best form of welfare is a job”?

PM: Thanks, but I’m not sure whether that was originally one of mine.

The Bug: It sounds heartless enough.

PM: Thanks. I’m happy to claim it then. How good would that be?

The Bug: If you want to get ahead, work harder and longer. Get better paid jobs. Move to where the jobs are?

PM: Me. Me. Me.

The Bug: A hollow man simply wouldn’t be capable of coming up with stuff like this … as consistently as you have.

PM: Once again. Thank you. You’re very kind.

The Bug: Prime Minister, we at The Bug are convinced that you are anything but a hollow man. In fact, we at The Bug are pretty sure you’re completely full of it.

PM: Why, thank you …I……