MHR is tock of the town, ticks off some
QUIRKY ROLEX NOTE CAUSES STIR
THE Rolex watch of Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, a former Wanneroo councillor, caused a stir among media and his Federal political opponents last week, but there were also those who wondered what the fuss was about.
The fascination stemmed from a statement he made about his high-end timepiece, unusually written in third person, to a journalist who asked him of its origins.
Mr Goodenough’s name and his expensive taste in jewellery came up in Parliament after it was revealed he had helped fellow Liberal MP Ian Macfarlane confirm a Rolex, which Mr Macfarlane thought was fake, was in fact genuine.
A journalist then asked Mr Goodenough about his own Rolex, to which he responded with the now much-publicised statement, of how he bought it to remind him of what hard work could earn him. An excerpt went as follows: “Ian decided to purchase a Rolex after learning of the brand’s history and commitment to achieving the best time piece product possible,” it said.
“Ian has worn his Rolex every day since its purchase to remind himself of the hard work it took to obtain it.”
Mr Goodenough clarified the statement had only been intended for the journalist and not for general release because there would be “no value in intentionally raising the profile like that”.
But the backbencher learnt how quickly social media can make a politician the butt of online satire – and ill-considered vitriol – when the journalist, seemingly baffled by the third-person style in which the response was written, shared it on Twitter.
Mr Goodenough admitted he was surprised by the talk it had generated, but said he took it all in good fun.
“It lights up the imagination… it generated a bit of a storm, which I’ve not been used to,” he said.
Responding to a query about the appropriateness of a politician promoting a commercial brand, he did not see it as an issue because it was not for financial gain.
“That would have been improper,” he said.
WA federal Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan responded in parody with her own version of a statement, referring to a Chanel bag, via Twitter.
The humorous jibe was well received and as of Friday had been retweeted 139 times and favourited 153 times – one of the most popular tweets Ms MacTiernan had ever posted.
Mr Goodenough did not bite back.
“In this place, there’s political rivalries, but there’s also a little bit of parody and taking the mickey out of people,” he said.
Not everyone was amused though.
Facebook user Chris Smith, not a fan of Mr Goodenough’s political views, was one of them. “I don’t like his politics or his personal views on some issues, but why is some petty nonsense about his watch even an issue?” he wrote on the Times’ Facebook page.
Another Times’ reader Christopher JM shared a similar view.
“Why is this even a story? Man buys Rolex. Good on him. Why is this an issue? Am I missing something?” he wrote.
Watched: MHR Ian Goodenough’s note has been lampooned.