In what may well be his most sophisticated negotiation tactic yet, Education Minister Christopher Pyne this morning staged a lock-in at Parliament house, threatening to sing this song until his University reform bill passes the Senate.
It follows last week’s failed tactic of answering every question with “I know you are, I said you are, but what am I?”
When asked today when he expects the bill to be passed, Mr Pyne – who has been an MP since he was twelve – said, “I know a song that will get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves. I know a song that will get on your nerves, and this is how it goes”.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott the Minister’s strategy had his full support. “Being massively annoying and effectively wearing people down until they agree with him is Christopher’s strong suit. Why do you think I made him a senior Minister?”
At publication time, Mr Pyne was still singing, apparently in good spirits.