A Labor frontbencher believes it was a mistake to recruit Bob Carr (pic) to federal parliament. Source: AAP
WHATEVER you think of Bob Carr - snob, bigot, high-flyer, avid organic oats eater - don't accuse him of being shy.
Revelations in his tell-all Diary of a Foreign Minister has prompted mirth and scorn, especially from less-than-impressed Labor colleagues.
Mr Carr insists his breakfast oats are steel-cut, moans about airline food and the rules that limit him to business class when flying overseas.
First Class Tosser was how one metro daily newspaper described him, emblazoning the title across its front page on Thursday.
It prompted an unrepentant Mr Carr to deny he was a snob.
The tome was intended to show Australians how government worked, he said - an observation largely unappreciated by others in the Labor Party.
Michael Danby accused Mr Carr of being a bigot over claims the pro-Israel lobby had an "unhealthy" level of influence over the Gillard government.
The federal MP said it had been a mistake to parachute Mr Carr from "obscurity" into a Senate vacancy and with the foreign affairs portfolio to boot.
Mr Carr responded to the bigot accusation by citing a record of supporting Israeli causes.
However, there was one description the former NSW premier was prepared to accept.
"You're not going to get into any position of leadership if you're a shy person," he said about his assertion that he had more energy than 16 gladiators.
Whatever, Mr Carr reckons if you haven't got a sense of humour then you shouldn't crack open his book.