Keep it Kiwi campaign kicks off with cakes that – crikey, cobber – were first concocted in Toowomba!

If we can have these, Oz, we'll give you Russell Crowe (and throw in Russel Norman for good measure).

Alf should be sanguine enough to lose no sleep over the Greens, but he nevertheless despairs of the buggers and their publicity-seeking antics.

To be generous, he supposes their brains have become addled through a lack of nourishment resulting from an overdose of muesli, nuts and lettuce.

This – maybe – explains why Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman launched the Keep it Kiwi campaign by handing out Aussie cakes.

Yep. He was seen handing out lamingtons in front of a Kiwibank branch in Wellington, and if you asked what’s up, he would tell you it was to celebrate New Zealand ownership at a time when John Key’s Government plans to make asset sales an election issue in 2011.

“State owned assets such as Kiwibank are our success stories and they are strategic parts of our economy,” said Dr Norman.

“The Green Party opposes any form of privatisation.”

As stunts go, this one didn’t rate alongside Sue Kedgley being photographed inside a sow side where she looked very much at home, although sows have more teats.

More to the point, nor did Norman’s stunt make much sense to Alf, who consulted Wikipedia to confirm his suspicions about the origin of the lamington.

Sure enough:

The Lamington is named after Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901. According to legend, Lamingtons were first served in Toowoomba when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to escape the steamy heat of Brisbane. The Lamingtons’ chef at Queensland’s Government House, Armand Gallad, was called upon at short notice to provide something to feed unexpected guests. According to the Melbourne Age newspaper, Gallad cut up some left over French vanilla sponge cake baked the day before, dipped the slices in chocolate and set them in coconut (an ingredient not widely used in European cooking at that time). Lady Lamington’s guests then asked for the recipe.[

There are other possible explanations, but none of those at Wikipedia put the lamington’s origins on this side of the Tasman.

Alf doesn’t give a toss about their origins, as it happens. He relishes them regardless of who first concocted them.

But he suspects the Aussies will be bemused by Norman dishing out lamingtons at an event intended to express Green Party concerns about the loss of our sovereignty through increasing foreign ownership of our productive assets and control of the dividend streams that result from them.

Norman warbled in his media statement:

“Further privatisation of our state assets, many of them natural monopolies, will simply exacerbate this trend.

“We are losing our economic sovereignty one asset sale at a time. We can turn this trend around, however, by retaining ownership of our most strategic assets.

“We have to keep it Kiwi,” Dr Norman said.

His statement then invites us to link to the Keep it Kiwi website

Yeah, right.

Norman, like the lamington, hails from Queensland.

Just the bloke for keeping things Kiwi, eh?

4 Responses to Keep it Kiwi campaign kicks off with cakes that – crikey, cobber – were first concocted in Toowomba!

  1. homepaddock says:

    He should have used pavlova – that was definitely cooked here first.

  2. Cactus Kate says:

    Kept in at least 10 square metres of space each, fed with natural grains and guilt free water while their heads are stroked nicely and they are hummed to.

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