There was a time, eons ago (last year), when the public would have been delighted to name a new ferry "Ferry McFerryface." That time, however, has passed. A competition was held in Sydney, Australia to determine the name of a new ferry. After the polls closed, Ferry McFerryface was declared the winner, but local 9News revealed that this was not the winning name - the public's choice had been ignored! Politician Andrew Constance has been accused of deciding the name for himself after holding the poll, though he denies this.
The government payed quite a bit of money for the competition - and the "winning" name wasn't even eligible!
1. 9NEWS's FOI shows the competition to name a new fleet of NSW ferries cost $100,000— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) January 30, 2018
2. Ferry McFerryface was not only ineligible to be accepted under the government’s own criteria but it attracted just 182 votes
3. NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance picked it even after he was warned by senior bureaucrats of the risks.— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) January 30, 2018
4. Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan was the clear winner for the ferry’s naming rights with 2025 eligible votes.
Fortunately, this isn't over yet...
I think my favourite party of this story is that Constance agreed to the ferry naming competition on the one condition of “no fish names”.— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) January 30, 2018
The kicker - It is understood the government is working on changing the name Ferry McFerryface— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) January 30, 2018
The whims of the people are a fickle thing!
populism in three steps:— cs (@cszabla) January 30, 2018
2016: ppl say they want "boatymcboatface"? can't be right
2017: the people voted trainymctrainface+must get what they want—trainymctrainface means trainymctrainface
2018: this tyrant will shove ferrymcferryface down your throat whether you like it or not https://t.co/Zjaq4zCQJz
Constance issued a statement to explain himself.
Soon enough, it seems the ferry will have a new name...
There's nothing quite like a healthy dose of ferry-related drama.
Australians can't wait for the name to be changed, but are handling the situation with their typical good-humor. It's only a matter of time before Ferry McFerryface is no more!
This Ferry McFerryface fiasco is the worst thing to happen to Sydney since I was born there— Cameron Williams (@MrCamW) January 30, 2018