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Even Rupert Murdoch Thinks Tony Abbott Screwed Up By Knighting Prince Philip Yesterday

Is it still "electronic graffiti" if it comes from your boss?

Besides #Tay4Hottest100 almost being a thing and then not being a thing, the most ridiculous moment of this year’s Australia Day was the announcement that Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally recommended His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh — a guy with so many titles there’s a whole Wikipedia page devoted to listing them — to receive a knighthood.

Because that idea makes literally as much sense as buying Bill Gates lunch, but also because it was Tony Abbott, people reacted not so much with surprise as with a deep sigh and a slight twitching of the eye muscles.

Abbott dismissed social media’s response as “electronic graffiti,” much like how a lightbulb is merely an “electronic candle”.

But with even members of his own Cabinet calling the decision idiotic, Abbott was no doubt hoping for some brave soul to rally to his defence. Usually News Corp papers could be counted on to explain how giving Prince Philip a knighthood equals strong action against jihadi bludgers everywhere, but not even they’re on board this time.

Then came the ultimate electronic graffiti, from the man himself:

Reports the Prime Minister responded to Murdoch’s comments by burning a photo of them together while listening to Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Because Of You’ and sobbing remain unconfirmed.

Feature image via Matt Akersten/Twitter.