Eddie McGuire nightclub visit, laughable excuse,

Eddie McGuire is the master of spin — and his defence over a controversial nightclub visit was laughable in all the right ways.

Hawthorn chief Jeff Kennett slammed the Collingwood president this week for being photographed in the Pink Flamingo on the Gold Coast while others in footy remain quarantined in hubs, saying: “While he is out there jiving at the Pink Flamingo, his players and coaches are in a hub breathing stale air.”

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McGuire didn’t break any rules because he is not part of the Collingwood “bubble”, and having completed his 14 days in isolation after arriving in Queensland, is now free to behave like any other citizens of the Sunshine State.

Defending his nightclub appearance on Triple M radio on Monday, McGuire said he was merely doing research about how venues are reopening in a COVID-19 world as part of his role with Visit Victoria — an organisation that aims to attract tourists to his home state.

“(I) speak extensively to people in the restaurant and hospitality industry about how we get Victoria going again,” McGuire said on the Hot Breakfast. “(That’s) part of what I was looking at the other night and how that all works.

“I went through the procedure on how you go about doing things if you are outside the hub.”

McGuire said he was conducting a reconnaissance mission, adding the people he was with told him: “‘The best place we can show you is this place called the Pink Flamingo’.”

Former Footy Show host Craig Hutchison and AFL reporter Damian Barrett, who used to work with McGuire on the Footy Show, both loved the way the Channel 9 star spun his way out of a sticky situation.

Discussing the episode on The Sounding Board podcast, both Barrett and Hutchison — who hosts Footy Classified on Monday nights — couldn’t help but chuckle at the Collingwood supremo’s confidence to shut down his critics.

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Barrett acknowledged McGuire had done nothing wrong other than be responsible for a “small bad look”, and gave him a proverbial hat-tip for using Visit Victoria as part of his defence.

“He can fall on his sword totally, or he can go another way,” Barrett said. “Now, knowing Eddie, he’s going to go the way that he is convinced is the right way to go.

“I laughed though because he almost doubled down on his right to be in the Pink Flamingo in whatever time it was, in those circumstances.

“And what I love most about it is, in part of his life, he is a member of Visit Victoria, which is the promotional body to bring people to Victoria.

“Victoria is in complete lockdown right now but Eddie, from the goodness of his heart, is helping Victoria, according to his statement.

“I started smirking as he was saying it, he was trying to do the right thing by Victoria in going to the Pink Flamingo to learn protocols on how we can re-open establishments.”

Hutchison agreed with Barrett and said McGuire only found himself in the limelight because he was too kind to refuse a photo when asked by a couple of men to pose in front of the camera.

“I say this with admiration, the reconnaissance mission defence — you know you’re a confident human being when you launch a reconnaissance defence on the Pink Flamingo,” Hutchison said.

“I say that in absolute admiration.

“How you would keep a straight face on a reconnaissance pitch is what made me laugh.

“He was in a no-win situation … the reconnaissance was a bold defence.

“I love the defence … I love the confidence to be able to attempt it.”

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Texas’ Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called vote-by-mail a ‘scam,’ saying it’s ‘laughable’ that people under 65 would be scared to vote in person

  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lashed out against attempts to expand vote-by-mail in the state amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, arguing people under 65 have no reason to be afraid to vote in person.
  • Patrick claimed Democrats would use the opportunity “greatest scam ever” to commit voter fraud and the expansion would lead to the destruction of the US.
  • Democrats and voting rights advocates have supported expanding voting by mail before November, as health experts warn of a potential second wave in the fall and winter.
  • A federal judge this week ruled Texas must allow anyone to vote by mail, though an appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling.
  • President Donald Trump has also rejected measures to increase voting by mail, threatening to withhold federal funds from states that had expanded their vote-by-mail programs.
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Friday lashed out at efforts to expand voting-by-mail in the state, calling them a “scam” by Democrats to steal the November election.

“There is no reason – capital N, capital O – no reason that anyone under 65 should be able to say I am afraid to go vote,” Patrick said in an interview with Fox News.

“Have they been to a grocery store? Have they been to Walmart? Have they been to Lowe’s? Have they been to Home Depot? Have they been anywhere? Have they been afraid to go out of their house? This is a scam by the Democrats to steal the election,” he continued.

Any Texas resident over the age of 65 or with a disability is currently eligible to vote by mail, according to the Texas Tribune. States around the country have attempted to adopt more widespread vote-by-mail policies before the November election so people can cast ballots without having to risk in-person interactions amid the ongoing pandemic.

Patrick claimed that an expansion of voting by mail would lead to the destruction of the country.

“There will be Democrat activists going out there to find people and say, ‘Hey, by the way, you got your ballot. Pay you 10 bucks. Can I handle it for you? This will destroy America if we allow it to happen,” he said.

As Business Insider previously reported, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled Texas must allow all voters to cast absentee ballots without an excuse in its upcoming elections, through an appeals court on Wednesday put that ruling on hold.

As The Texas Tribune noted, doctors and nurses who signed on to a brief to the state Supreme Court argued that in-person voting in created a “heightened danger” for transmission of the novel coronavirus.

“This idea that we want to give you a disability claim because I am afraid to go vote – if you are under 65 – is laughable,” Patrick said Friday. “You have more chance of being in a serious auto accident if you are under 65 on the way to vote than you do from catching the virus and dying from it on the way to voting. This is the greatest scam ever.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began relaxing his stay-at-home order on May 1, despite a continued increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.As of Friday, at least 53,449 Texas have been infected by the novel coronavirus and at least 1,480 have died, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Democrats and voting rights advocacy groups like the ACLU have for months pushed for an expansion of vote-by-mail before. Health experts have simultaneously warned of a potentially more serious second-wave of COVID-19 that could impact the US in the fall and winter.

President Trump has opposed the measure over claims that an expansion of voting by mail would increase voter fraud. Earlier this week, he threatened to withhold federal funds from states that had expanded their vote-by-mail programs. As Business Insider’s Grace Panetta noted, the move could backfire as there is little evidence that expanded voting by mail or an increase in voter turnout would benefit Democrats over Republicans.

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Former Proms’ Director Slams ‘Political Meddling’ in Song Controversy as ‘Laughable Irrelevance’


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The debate over the BBC’s decision to remove the lyrics of two traditional British anthems appears to have left many feeling that an agenda of political correctness has taken over society. It has also lead to questions about whether the BBC is out of touch with the majority of Brits.

The former director of the BBC’s The Proms has written that politicians “meddling in concert programming” are a “laughable irrelevance.”

Wading onto what has become somewhat of a hot-button issue in Britain’s ongoing culture wars, Sir Nicholas Kenyon has written in the pages of The Observer that the ongoing argument about Rule, Britannia! And Land of Hope and Glory represents “the very worst tendencies of British manufactured controversies.”

Sir Kenyon, who directed The Proms from 1996 until 2007, describes the “synthetic row” as “kneejerk BBC bashing, a familiar and all-too-easy target… [and] politicians meddling in concert programming, a laughable irrelevance.”

Mr Kenyon argued that The Proms, “has to respond to the mood of the moment and to change with changing circumstances.”

It was decided that the usually sizeable audience that attends the televised Last Night at the Proms and sings along with the lyrics of Rule, Britannia! And Land of Hope and Glory would not be present this year due to social distancing rules. It was also decided that an orchestra would play instrumental versions of the songs without on-stage singers.

Yet, a host of political voices – including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Business Secretary Alok Sharma – argued that the BBC was instead capitulating to a politically correct agenda. Some activists argue that the traditional songs Rule, Britannia! And Land of Hope and Glory have lyrical ties to the age of British imperialism and colonialism.

Boris Johnson said that he could not believe that “they will not sing the words.” He also said that, “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture and we stop this general bout of self-recrimination and wetness.”

Alok Sharma argued that the BBC should subtitle the words so that audiences at home could sing along if they so wished.

Nigel Farage said on the TV programme This Morning during a debate with a BLM activist that, “the BBC have gotten this hopelessly wrong. The overwhelming majority of people in this country that care about this want The Proms to be as they’ve always been.” 

A number of newspapers, such as The Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and The Sun condemned the move. The Sun published as one of its headlines, “Land of Woke and Glory.”

Indeed, it appears that Mr Farage may not be too far from the truth.

According to a YouGov survey, 55% of Brits were against the BBC’ decision to perform only an instrumental version of the songs. More damningly of the BBC’s decision, a meagre 5% of respondents said that they thought the songs should not be performed at all. 

The row was initially sparked when a Sunday Times article reported that the songs could be dropped entirely from the annual music as part of an effort to “decolonise” the traditional event in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, particularly because of the lyric “Britons shall never be slaves.” 

The BBC has issued a statement on the issue, saying that, “For the avoidance of any doubt, these songs will be sung next year. We obviously share the disappointment of everyone that the Proms will have to be different but believe this is the best solution in the circumstances and look forward to their traditional return next year.”

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