Poor Joe Hockey. His simple observation that the poor don't drive attracted some fierce - and admittedly compelling - criticism.

Yet seen in a different context, the claim doesn't seem far-fetched.

For instance, had the Treasurer's controversial comments been made in reference to L. S. Lowry, the response would have been far more sympathetic.

Lowry was a one-time debt-collector and famed painter of North West England's working-class.

Bridge Road in Richmond at this time of year can look eerily like a Lowry landscape. Remnants of an industrial past dot the horizon while the citizenry go about their business. There are no cars, but that's not because these people are poor.

They're all drunk with the feeling that the Tigers might sneak into the eight, so it's safer to walk.