Aussie PM Adviser’s Best Twitter Rants

Because who cares what 246 million Indonesians think?

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Australian political adviser Mark Textor, seen in a screen grab from an interview on U.K.'s Channel 4 news

Mark Textor’s Twitter account appears to have been closed today. That’s probably a good thing for diplomacy.

Just a day ago, his comparison of the Indonesian Foreign Minister to a 1970s Filipino porn star caused Australian-Indonesian relations to deteriorate further, forcing the Australian political adviser to eat humble pie and say sorry.

“I think I went too far this time and I unreservedly apologize,” he told Australian broadcaster SBS, after also tweeting his remorse to “Indonesian friends” and followers.

But just who is Mark Textor? And why — as many people have been surprised to discover — is he an adviser to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott?

Textor has been described as one of the most influential people in Australia, and the most domineering, divisive pollster the country has ever seen. For 25 years, he has made a living out of taking the pulse of public sentiment. His skills have helped secure election victories for top international politicians, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and London’s Mayor Boris Johnson, as well as heads of government in Australia and New Zealand. So it was a surprise to many that the experienced communicator made such a faux pas at a time when relations between his country and Indonesia are so frayed.

Textor has admitted he slipped up. “Twenty-five years in politics, one or two mistakes, this is certainly one of them,” he said Thursday.

As we ponder what the other mistake of his career could be, here are some of his mud-slinging tweets preserved for posterity.

The one where he brought up the 2005 suicide attack in Bali and linked to a photo of the bombers

“Last time I looked no Indonesians were ever bombed in Australia” (removed from Twitter)

The one where he slammed Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s propensity to use Twitter

“What sort of head of state communicates with a head of a neighbouring government by twitter FFS? SBY” (removed from Twitter)

The one where he gave tips for saving on apparently alcoholic beverages to the leader of the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world

@Drew_Bowie @Colvinius @SBYudhoyono @TonyAbbottMHR I think he should sack his foreign service and just do twitter. Save on the drinks bill

— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 19, 2013

The one where he predicted journalists would find Indonesia’s relationship with Australia sexually arousing…

Indonesian junior official criticises Oz Government. 2 things happen: left media gets hard on. Govt gets more domestic support

— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 11, 2013

… but that anyone who mattered didn’t care if Indonesians were offended

“No one gives a rat’s arse in the real world. The bubble at work.” (removed from Twitter)

The one where he described Indonesia’s ambassador to Australia as a chess piece

Indonesian ambassador Read: Pawn of Indonesian domestic politics #indonesiavotes2014

— Mark Textor (@markatextor) November 18, 2013

The one where he implied the Indonesian President was senile

“Poor old bugger SBY is confused.” (removed from Twitter)

The one where he re-tweeted a political reporter’s response to his porn star slur

@latikambourke @markatextor Personally I disagree Mark. Marty looks more like a bad 70’s Bond villain.

When he reacted to the controversy over his porn star slur

The time he claimed Indonesia’s reaction to the spying controversy was fake

The one where he demanded Indonesia apologize for spying in 2004

The one where he took a dig at Australia’s public broadcaster and gossip columnists

@latikambourke Where did i mention SBY exactly? More ABC inaccurate nonsense. More ant rooting from glorified gossip columnists