And call in they did as ordered by their Dark Master, the El Diablo of Cairns radio. And with their calls they were revealing the real organised spin doctoring that the Rugnut Hillbillies are now winding up for next week.
And once again Margaret Cochrane did her part, letting caller after caller tell lie after lie about what "they've heard" about the project without setting one of them straight. One caller claimed that the cultural precinct was going to be built by Bengladeshi dwarves imported on slave ships, and Cochrane agreed wholeheartedly. It was at this point that even the most drunken listener could discern that the "fix is in" with Cochrane waving the whip having made John MacKenzie her own personal media bitch.
The callers? Without them Macca wouldn't have a show, they're on so often they must have offices there. Raj, the self-appointed "fact gatherer", then there's Pearl in Wangetti who believes that all council services should be free. Then "Brigadier General" in East Trinity, who's always good for an off-colour joke and jarhead 1950's views. Peter in Smithfield, who gives MacKenzie his usual audio blowjob. The whole crew called in on cue and repeated again the same tired mantra of the negative, drag Cairns into the past set. Ratbags all. Especially that Brigadier General clown.
Cochrane then finally dropped the pretense and said the project could still be stopped by a good turnout at the public meeting scheduled for next week. So despite the councilor Code of Conduct all agree with on assuming their office, Cochrane is now firmly opposed to any project going forward under the current Mayor, for blatantly political reasons.
The depth of ignorance about the Cultural Precinct project - a project first begun under former Mayor Byrne - is now being used in all-out warfare on the council. Cochrane is now the self-appointed leader of the deadbeat pensioner in Cairns, who want to pay for nothing besides footy fields. And Cochrane's decided to play dirty. Encourage the lies. Disrespect the Mayor. Denigrate the arts. Side with the stupid and lazy. Put every hard decision to the voters by "referendum" instead of doing your job as elected officials. And let the biggest racist in Cairns set the agenda with his microphone.
It's a cynical and negative strategy where no one wins.