Casino Mike appears to have bitten off more than he could chew with his latest Facebook post.
The NSW Prem – who’s been trying to shake off all the negative PR he’s copped recently thanks to claims that Sydney’s widely despised lockout laws were the spawn of corrupt dealings between his party and the gambling lobby – has posted a fun little iPhone video of himself munging on a chicken shawarma during his recent trip to Israel.
“Behold how normal and likeable I am snacking upon a street kebab just like a regular peasant, LOL!” Is the message that Mikey Boy was perhaps trying to convey to his constituents via the clip.
However, in light of his burgeoning rep as the nanny state’s Super Nanny, he was soon washing that chicken down with a hearty serving of his own words.
Specifically because: in addition to instituting 10pm bottle shop closures, 1.30am venue lockouts, 3am last drink laws and “cracking down” on restaurant wine lists and joyous group karaoke sessions, his government has also begun enforcing an outdated law that requires dining/takeout venues in the party district of Newtown to close their doors by midnight.
Which means suddenly there’s no more late night kebabs for punters fleeing the tyranny of the lockout zones on their nights out.
Add to that the fact that several beloved kebab vendors in Kings Cross have also been thrust into financial strife due to a drop in business that the lockout laws have engendered, and you’ll begin to understand why footage of the #KebabLockout ringleader having a casual ‘bab snack attack seemed like one giant F-U, and rubbed more salt into the wounds than there is in an entire vat of garlic sauce.
And commenters, naturally, revolted:
How does that chicken taste now?
So good to be home after a busy week. But I’m still reminiscing about my culinary highlight of the trip. If Bethlehem were ever to become famous for a second thing… It should probably be this chicken kebab.
Posted by Mike Baird on Sunday, April 10, 2016