How’s this for a right mess? Ever since Palmer United Party senator and renowned schlong chaser Jacqui Lambie made her thoughts unimaginably unclear on topics such as Islam, the muslim people, the banning of the burqa, sharia law equating to terrorism, and just about every other shallow, misinformed opinion on middle eastern politics and religion that’s likely to wind up in any public social media page thread on a long enough timeline, she hasn’t exactly been on Inanimate Carbon Rod-levels of public adoration.

In fact, with her own party scrambling to try and work their way around it – and yet somehow coming off just as confused, or in some cases resorting to schoolyard-grade sick burns – Lambie backers seems to be forgetting the fundamental first rule of holes; when you’re in one, stop digging.

And then there’s this, where even the extreme right side of the argument – the (thankfully small-scale) Ban the Burqa movement within Australian politics – just kind of, sort of wishes that Lambie would pipe down.

Queensland National Party MP George Christensen – a man who has been campaigning for French-style bans on the traditional Islamic dress – has stated that Lambie’s comments have done his cause more harm than anything. Because lord knows that prior to this latest pearl of wisdom that public sentiment for his legislative brainwaves was skyrocketing. So sayeth he:

She goes too far and quite frankly she doesn’t know how to argue the key point, she’s doing the argument actually no favours and she should shut up because she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

And to THAT I say I- wait. That’s… It’s a little bit of a round about way of saying it, but that’s kind of the crux of the problem with Lambie’s comments. Huh. You know what, that actually makes sense. This is weird. Was that all he said? He didn’t make a succinct, sensible point and just leave it at that, right?

Jacqui Lambie mangles the message which is a shame when it comes to the issue of the burqa because there are serious concerns about it which many people have; having your face completely covered just instils fear in people. It’s alarming. It’s not conducive to human connection and it also causes a security concern, you don’t know who’s under it.

Ahh! There it is!

Christensen wants the burqa banned because “it instils fear” and you “don’t know who’s under it,” from which one of two assumptions can be drawn – either a) It’s only ever the people who cover their faces completely that are potentially dangerous, or b) He literally knows and recognises everyone else in the country and sudden pangs of uncertainty scare the shit out of him, in which case my sadistic side kind of wants to switch out his usual Weet Bix for a box of Vita Brits, just to see him crumble into the throes of an unrecognised cereal-induced panic attack.

So just to quickly recap here, Cory Bernardi first brings up the anti-burqa argument in the public sphere. Jacqui Lambie latches on to it, but manages to butcher her public statement, leading to George Christensen – a fellow anti-burqa campaigner – to distance himself from her anti-burqa remarks, because they hurt the anti-burqa cause.

It’s cake, telling us not to eat another cake, because cake overall is tasty.

Xenophobic inception, people. Xenception.

Photo: Stefan Postles via Getty Images.

via SMH.