First brought to attention during the Australian election campaign by reader Bill L., Kevin Rudd’s waxmunching moment is now dealt with by the future Prime Minister himself:

No, no, no, I was scratching … All I can say is, I think my hair style was bad then and it’s bad now.  But I think what you’ll find is that I’m scratching …

Scratching for an excuse. More from the UK Telegraph’s Sam Leith:

Mr Rudd’s adventures with earwax have somehow brought the Australian election campaign alive. People around the world have been brought together by this footage …

At a stroke, a microsecond nibbling earwax threatens to eclipse a lifetime of hard political graft. Is this fair? Is this reasonable? No.

Is Leith correct? No. Rudd’s earfeast, weird though it is, won’t alter many votes.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/27/2007 at 01:36 PM
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