Has Anthony Albanese repeated a well known political blunder? Pictures of Labor leader eating a sausage sandwich recall other infamous food fails on the election campaign trail
- Anthony Albanese spotted tucking into a sausage sandwich on campaign trail
- The Labor Leader was out and about in Perth about recently having Covid-19
- Albanese’s eating style is likely to be critiqued on social media ahead of election
- Australian federal election is on May 21, Labor is tipped to topple the Coalition
It’s the sanger mantrap which has butchered careers at home and abroad – and Labor leader Anthony Albanese diced with political death on Saturday when he awkwardly tackled a sausage sandwich on camera.
On the campaign trail in Perth, the image of the Opposition Leader tucking into the snag roll sparked flashbacks to his predecessor, Bill Shorten.
On the day of the 2016 federal election, Mr Shorten horrified a nation when he launched into a roll and sausage from the side, instead of the traditional end first approach.
The image, from Strathfield North Public School in Sydney’s inner-west, quickly went viral on social media, with many saying it helped Labor lose that election.
But Mr Shorten wasn’t the first politician to have their eating style critiqued.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese aggressively tucks into a sausage sandwich when on the campaign trail in Perth on Saturday
Former Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s unusual approach to eating a sausage sandwich back in 2016 saw him the subject of ridicule on social media
In the UK, then Labour leader Ed Miliband was photographed in 2014 devouring a bacon sandwich when out buying flowers for his wife.
The image became legendary after it appeared on the front page of a national UK newspaper, destroying his credibility among the British public.
Miliband later resigned as Britain’s Labour Party leader after being defeated by Tory Prime Minister David Cameron in the general election.
London Evening Standard photographer Jeremy Selwyn snapped the now infamous images, and knew he had struck gold.
Former UK Labour leader Ed Miliband was photographed in 2014 devouring a bacon sandwich at a flower market – it proved to be a defining moment in his career – for all the wrong reasons
Ex Greens leader Richard Di Natale was also photographed in 2019 ‘attacking’ a democracy sausage
‘As soon as anybody famous starts to eat in front of you, as a photographer you start switching on immediately,’ he told the Huff Post. ‘It’s obvious that it’s not your glamour shot.’
In 2019, the then-Greens leader Richard Di Natale was photographed ‘attacking’ a sausage with gusto – complete with toppings including mustard, onions and tomato sauce.
The image, from federal election day in Melbourne at St Kilda, became a hit online due to Di Natale’s clear enthusiasm for the snag – but he still lost his leadership role the following year.
Albanese will be hoping he doesn’t suffer a similar fate to the previous political sandwich-lovers of the past at the Australian federal election on May 21.