If you've been watching the pollies on telly - and there's no good reason why you should have been - then you might have noticed Federal Shadow whatever representing the federal seat of wherever, Barnaby Joyce, has taken to referring to his colleagues in the Liberal and National parties by a nickname, easily derived from either their first or last name:
John Cobb, Cobby
Simon Birmingham, Sime or Simo
And so on, you get the idea.
It must be pretty annoying, you'd think, dealing with this sort of thing, day in day out. Certain names would present particular problems to Joyce, though:
Fiona Nash - Nashy?
You'd end up not being sure whether you were talking about a person or a pear. On the other hand,
Bill Heffernan - Heiffer
actually seems quite appropriate.
But some difficulties must be insuperable. What must Barnaby call his dear leader
Tony Abbott -
Abbo? Abba? ABS? Each suggestion is more excruciating than the last. Someone has got to stop Joyce - before it's too late.
Barnaby Joyce, or, as certain very powerful and influential and high-up people like to call him, "Barnaby Joyce".
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