The horse whisperer Pyne, Putin on an equine show
NOW, our own Christopher Pyne has been called many things over the years, but this may be the first time he has been compared to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
If you had thought the only things they had in common were a fanatical devotion to the history of the matryoshka doll and a killer recipe for borscht, you are sadly mistaken. They are both also equine fanciers. Pyne posted a tweet this week of himself in the saddle, all ready to go riding.
In the picture, the Defence Minister looked, as is normal, very pleased with himself, though the horse did carry a visage of faint embarrassment. Possibly, he wondered why he was carrying a minister instead of a Melbourne Cup jockey.
Though, without wanting to be overly critical, Pyne does lack a certain machismo when compared to Putin’s shirtless pose. Not that we are suggesting Pyne tops a horse in a half-naked state. The world isn’t ready for that. But perhaps if Pyne is trying to buff up his image, there are a few more Putin-style tricks he could pull out of the bag. And we don’t mean invade New Zealand.
Vlad has been known, again topless, to bathe in icy Russian lakes and also to fish in the same natural manner. He likes to play ice hockey, drive Formula One cars, drive submersibles, bobsleigh, shoot guns, ride motorbikes and do judo.
Off the Record will be closely monitoring Pyne’s Twitter feed in coming weeks.