EXCLUSIVE: THE UNBRIDLED FURY OF BILL SHORTEN!
- Labor Leadership hopeful’s latest Tirade of Abuse!
- Ongoing anger management issues plague short-tempered Shorten!
- Shorten “dismissive, elitist and rude” says cabbie
- “I’m not the messiah” says Shorten
He’s the man who shot to Labor stardom after being the go-to media spokesperson during the Beaconsfield mining disaster of 2006. Since then he’s stabbed two Labor leaders in the back each time guaranteeing his unwavering “loyalty”which by all accounts, is more about self-preservation above anything else.
A loyal Gillard supporter and factional figure of Labor’s right, dominated by Union hacks and thugs, today Bill Shorten is fighting for his own political survival in a leadership battle with Anthony Albanese – a staunch Rudd supporter.
Speaking to the party faithful at the first of three Party Leadership debates, Mr Shorten declared that “he’s not the messiah.”
But if he’s not the messiah, who is he and what does he want?
To get to the truth, we turned to Australia’s most reliable indicator of public sentiment, a Sydney taxi driver who told us that Bill Shorten was “dismissive, elitist and rude” during a tense eight-minute ride.
The cabbie, who gave his first name as David, said he picked up Mr Shorten and three other Labor people, including MP Richard Marles, from the Bridge St taxi rank about 7pm last night.
Once inside the vehicle, Mr Shorten became “abrasive” while giving directions to the Jones Street entrance of the university, David said.
SHORTEN “LIKE GOLEM”
“Shorten got in the front, I knew he was straight away, he didn’t say hello to me or anything.”
“He kept saying ‘we’re going to UTS, it’s in the city’, he was really aggressive, he looked like Golem,” David told The Gutter Trash.
“He was quite loud, looking down his nose at me … He was very intimidating.”
David then told Mr Shorten: “You don’t have to yell at me, I’m just dropping you to where you want to go.”
The cab driver also said Mr Shorten appeared to be arranging a planted question with a person on the other end of the mobile phone.
“He got straight on the phone to someone and said ‘Hey big boy, ask me this — Albo will be fine with it … ask us the type of prime minister we would like to be remembered as.”
“THE POWERLESS PEOPLE’S PM”
A very similar question was asked of the two prospective leaders last night, to which Mr Shorten replied:
“If I was to be prime minister I’d like to be known as the prime minister for the powerless, the disempowered, the people who don’t have a voice in our society.’’
Following the prickly conversation, David said Mr Shorten attempted to apologise.
“He wound the window up. He had fear in his eyes, like he was thinking ‘oh s***, I shouldn’t have done this.”
David said one of the men in the back seat paid the fare of $15.60 when they arrived at the destination.
“The guy paid in cash, $15.60 bang on, no tip, three 20 cent pieces.”
The incident comes a month after Mr Shorten apologised to a Melbourne pie shop owner after a “big misunderstanding’’ over a $4.80 pie.
He was accused of abusing store owner Annie Huang after she offered to microwave a pie and swearing as he left the shop — a claim Mr Shorten denies.
“Bill Shorten came into my shop, asked for a Boscastle pie, then I say: ‘Sold out, sorry,’” Ms Huang said at the time.
Mr Shorten said that he believed Ms Huang had said to him “It would be soft, like Julia Gillard.”
Mr Shorten said last night the windows of the taxi were down, requiring him to speak loudly to be heard and that he apologised once he realised the driver had taken his comments the wrong way.
A Labor spokeswoman also rejected the cabbie’s “version of events”, saying there had been a “misunderstanding.”