If the cap fits


Paul Goldsmith told Jacinda Ardern to stick to her knitting and provoked an uproar on social media.

If there’s any cause for outrage it should be at the ignorance of English idioms.

Stick to your knitting  means:

to continue to do something that you are experienced at and not try to do something which you know very little about

‘It failed because we did not understand the plumbing business, and it taught us a lesson about sticking to our knitting!’

It’s not sexist, it’s just a turn of phrase and the cap fits, he hit the nail on the head with the right tool for the job and anyone who came out of the woodwork to drill down for a meaning that’s not there has the wrong end of the stick, or an axe to grind or maybe just isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Knitting for victory


In World War II people were encouraged to dig for victory by creating or enlarging their gardens to provide their own food.

Julia Gillard is featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly knitting a kangaroo for the soon-to-be-born royal baby.

Julia Gillard in the Australian Women's Weekly

Could she be knitting for victory?

Or is she following a pattern of failed media moments (remember Geoffrey Palmer’s trumpet solo?).

Has she dropped too many stitches?

Or could this stop her leadership, and her Labor government, unravelling?

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