How to put the fun back in politics

From The Argus, 18 September 1937:

U.A.P. Candidate Faces the Music — and Plays it

Mr. T. W. Mitchell, the United Australia party candidate for Benambra at the State Election, faced the music in a double sense when he reached Koetong, a small former mining town in the Upper Murray district, to deliver his policy speech. He found a band and guard of honour to welcome him.

As a tribute to his Scottish ancestry, the band was kilted; but the only sporrans that could be obtained in the district were the straw envelopes from beer bottles.

Each bandsman had a musical instrument of some kind and did his best to play and the guard of honour presented arms with shotguns.

Not to be outdone, Mr Mitchell dived into the boot of his car and produced a ukulele.  He played a selection with the band before inspecting the guard.

When the time came for him to speak, Mr Mitchell had for his audience almost every man, woman, child and dog in the district.

Mr Mitchell is well known in the Upper Murray district. He owns a station near Corryong.

Beat that Mr Plushbottom!

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