Once upon a time (to be precise, in 1975) in a far far away land (colloquially called Down-Under) there was a man by the name of John Kerr.
John Kerr was the Governor-General (GG) of Down-Under or as it is better known, Australia.
The GG was the Queen’s representative, thus in representing the Queen, one could argue that he spoke with the voice of the Queen.
I wonder whether he said stuff like the equivalent of our "Beta bertitah ..."
The PM then was the very popular Gough Whitlam who just won a second term of government.
To cut the story short because (i) it’s an Aussie story, and (ii) it’s a 30 year old story (we’ll come back to the figure ‘30’ shortly), …
… John Kerr did two things against Westminister tradition: (i) instead of taking the PM’s advice, he took the Opposition Leader’s word, and ...
... (ii) he misused the reserved powers of a GG (which no one imagined he would use because it was a nebulous sort of reserve power that no one had used for a long long time with almost everyone forgetting how it actually works) …
… to dismiss Gough Whitlam from the PM position and appoint Malcolm Fraser the Opposition Leader as the new PM.
That act divided the nation.
I would not be exaggerating if I say that until some years back, John Kerr had from that act overnight became the most hated man in Australia.
He was so hated that wherever he went in Australia he was harassed, pelted and even had (fortunately unsuccessful) attempts of violence against him.
Gough Whitlam’s party and those who supported the Labour Party denounced John Kerr (they insultingly called him John Cur) for the illegitimate dismissal of an elected PM, and …
… sent him 30 pieces of silver.
Wikipedia said that: Kerr was not forgiven by many Australians. Countless demonstrations occurred against him for years. He found the personal attacks on him and his wife (whom Whitlam and others accused of having been a sinister influence) deeply wounding.
For the rest of his term as Governor-General Kerr was rarely able to appear in public without encountering angry demonstrations against him. On one occasion his life was endangered when he was unable to leave a speaking engagement in Melbourne except by having his car drive through an angry crowd.
Labor MPs and Senators refused to accept his legitimacy as governor-general, as did Labor parliamentarians in the states and territories, shunning all official functions where he was in attendance.
There is ample evidence that this situation took a toll on Kerr's already frayed nerves. There is evidence to suggest that he increasingly turned to alcohol to deal with his situation.
Seeking solace and refuge in alcoholism he soon became an embarrassment to the very government he had appointed in a constitutional coup d’etat.
He and his wife went into exile in Europe for some twenty years before he came home to die.
Interestingly, just prior to Kerr becoming the GG, he was the Chief Justice of New South Wales.