Rebel MP reveals ‘arrogant’ Daniel Andrews starts EVERY Cabinet meeting by boasting about his social media ‘reach’ in extraordinary series of bitter tweets
- Former minister Adem Somyurek launched a Twitter spray at Dan Andrews
- Said the premier obsessed over social media performance in Cabinet meetings
- Somyurek who resigned from Labor in 2020 amid a corruption scandal
A rebel Australian MP has given an extraordinary insight into Dan Andrews’ ‘ego-driven’ Cabinet meetings which he claims focuses upon the Premier’s popularity on social media.
Former Labor-turned-independent MP Adem Somyurek launched a vicious attack on the Victorian Premier over his weekly meetings with ministers, claiming they were cringeworthy boasting sessions about ‘the size’ of Mr Andrews’ online following.
Mr Somyurek – who resigned from the party following branch-stacking allegations – claimed Mr Andrews’ large following is usually the ‘first item’ of business.
‘It is a ritual that bores all ministers and interferes with the business of government. But ministers shut up – lest they offend the mad king.’
A rebel Australian MP launched a vicious attack on Dan Andrews as an ‘ego-driven… mad king’, claiming his Cabinet meetings were weekly ‘measuring contests’
‘Dan calls a senior female advisor to report on Dans online performance,’ he Tweeted.
‘The advisor reports glowingly about Dan’s big reach, comparing the size of Dan’s reach with the size of the PMs and other premiers in what is a weekly reach measuring contest.’
Mr Somyurek claimed the Premier sought feedback from other ministers, which always came first from people aligned with his own Socialist Left faction.
Invariably they were ‘effusive in their praise of their ‘dear leader’s ‘massive’ reach.’
Outspoken Independent Adem Somyurek, a disgraced Victorian government minister, posted Tweets portraying ministerial briefings as cringeworthy boasting sessions about ‘the size’ of the premier’s online following
Mr Somyurek, who resigned from Labor in 2020 amid a branch-stacking scandal, painted a picture of cringeworthy briefings led by social media advisors tolerated by ‘bored’ ministers because they don’t want to offend the premier.
Mr Somyurek quit the Labor Party last year before he was expelled following a 60 Minutes investigation which made allegations about branch stacking.
His resignation came after Mr Andrews referred Mr Somyurek to the Victorian police and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. Those investigations are ongoing.
There was a significant backlash to Mr Somyurek’s tweets, with some arguing Andrews ‘lives rent free in [his] head’ and that it was no surprise the Premier discussed his social media reach.
Andrews is well known for skilful use of social media and has a considerable Twitter following, with 393,000 followers – more than the Federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese.
Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian had 147,000 followers and her replacement Dominic Perrottet has just 32,000. Mr Somyurek has just 14,000 followers.
Last month Mr Somyurek accused the premier of over-reaching in his bid for sweeping powers that would allow him to declare a pandemic for an unlimited time even if there are no cases of a virus.
Daily Mail Australia approached Dan Andrews for comment.