Right, well, the BIG news this morning is that NSW Premier Mike Baird announced his shock resignation from politics. He released a statement on Twitter that said something about achieving his goals and all that. No mention of the lockouts, greyhound backflip, or that time he sacked mayors and councillors from 42 councils one Thursday morning. Weird!
But the other big news is that everybody’s making the same joke: something something Casino Mike something lockouts something *hiccup* say hi to P-a-a-acker! [Burps, loudly.]
Sure, some reactions to his resignation have been nice – mostly from other politicians, and one or two in his mentions.
Best wishes for the future @mikebairdMP It was a pleasure working with you.
— AnnastaciaPalaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) January 18, 2017
— Tim Nicholls MP (@TimNichollsMP) January 18, 2017
@mikebairdMP A loss for NSW. Thank you for what you’ve done
— Brooke Simmons (@BrookeESimmons) January 18, 2017
And more than a few have been salty as hell:
@samdastyari I am hoping that it is contagious and a few more manage to catch the disease
— Kazza (@kazza264) January 18, 2017
Casino board position, maybe? https://t.co/oWbNtFBX8y
— Tom (@SydneyTom_) January 18, 2017
— SaxonTheHound (@SaxonTheHound) January 18, 2017
@mikebairdMP We’ll always remember you for the Greyhound stuff ups & the dictatorial administrators that replaced elected Local Councils
— Paul Garrett (@PaulGarrettMUA) January 18, 2017
But mostly, everyone’s having a bloody great time with the gags this morning.
Baird might have been a popular premier in some parts of NSW, but ‘Twitter’ wasn’t one of them.
I hope Mike Baird realises that he can’t leave the parliament for a cheeky dart and come back in
— Luke Vespa (@lukevespa) January 18, 2017
— Leon Sjogren (@Leonsjogren) January 18, 2017
Shocked to hear Mike Baird has extended the lockout to his own office.
— Colley (@JamColley) January 18, 2017
*BLASTS TWITTER SATIRE HORN, IT’S LIKE THE HORN OF GONDOR BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE FARTS*
“Baird eh! Beard? Birds? Whatabout eh….coz Trump, ah
— Ben Jenkins (@bencjenkins) January 18, 2017
Devastated that Mike Baird has retired before banning loud motorbikes, as I have requested on several occasions
— Lane Sainty (@lanesainty) January 18, 2017
Source: Mike Baird to depart Macquarie Street on a chariot pulled by 15 greyhounds.
— Matt Bevan (@MatthewBevan) January 18, 2017
WE NOW CROSS LIVE TO MIKE BAIRD pic.twitter.com/3uQfFdabY3
— Gavin Fernando (@GavinDFernando) January 18, 2017
this happened because I tweeted ‘mike baird retire bitch’ two years ago (deleted)
— keen online poster (@jonathonio) January 18, 2017
Of course, some are asking why he resigned after barely two-and-a-half years in the job – and only halfway through his government’s term. His predecessor Barry O’Farrell famously resigned in 2014 after the Independent Commission Against Corruption proved he had indeed received a $3,000 bottle of Grange from Australian Water Holdings executive Nick Di Girolamo, a fact he’d previously denied.
So naturally – what with the many, many divisive issues that have dominated headlines over the last 12 months – more than a few people out there are wondering what kind of scandal is about to drop.
I dealt with Baird’s office yesterday and there was absolutely no inkling this was happening from people I spoke to
— Andrew Clennell (@aclennell) January 18, 2017
@mikebairdMP Sooo, what news is about to drop that you don’t want to be around for? Not that I’m a cynic, but I’m a little bit cynical.
— vandenberglegs (@vandenberglegs) January 18, 2017
How much do you want to bet there’s a massive scandal in the wings. Like he’s spent 50k of taxpayer money on boat shoes.
— AtticusThomas (@AtticusThomas) January 18, 2017
Shut up, Henno.
baird has killed someone. guaranteed. no one just ‘resigns’ as New South Wales premier
— j.r. hennessy (@jrhennessy) January 18, 2017
Photo: Instagram / Mike Baird.