WHEN Andrew Bolt takes charge at the Age, he could make no better first decision than to recruit current colleague Mark Knight, whose cartoons on that paper's Opinion page would announce the failing, flailing broadsheet has re-gained an understanding of the city and state in which it is published:
If your rusted on Age readers object, Knight could always place a duck or man with a curly hat somewhere in the frame. That would keep them happy.
For non-Victorians, the fellow in the bear suit is our hapless, hopeless Premier Ted Baillieu, who just shed a staggering 11 points in the latest job-approval poll. Mind you, Knight has exercised a cartoonist's liberty to exaggerate. In Knight's rendering, Big Ted's resolute expression suggests he knows what he is doing and where he wishes to take our state.
It is clearly a joke. Big Ted has never demonstrated the slightest suggestion of such certainties.
UPDATE: Readers with notions of who might make a better premier are invited to register their suggestions in comments.