The News has been winning support down under after an Australian minister praised a recent column about Johnny Depp.
The opinion piece, written by columnist Clive Smith, was about Australia’s Minister of Agriculture Barnaby Joyce’s robust action to deal with film star Johnny Depp sneaking his two pet Yorkshire terriers into the country.
The article struck a chord with Joyce, who has issued a message of thanks.
In the opinion piece, Clive said: ‘Joyce was not too happy with Depp and didn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the matter.
‘The gist was that if he started letting movie stars bring their pets to Oz, then everybody might as well flout the country’s strict biosecurity regulations.
‘Totally right. Nobody should be above the law.
‘But if this had happened over here, I reckon we’d have probably welcomed the mutts with open arms.’
An email was sent to Clive by Joyce’s press secretary Gerard McManus, thanking him for the article.
It read: ‘This is just a short note on behalf of Minister Joyce to thank you for your complimentary opinion piece.
‘Though Australia and Portsmouth are forever linked by history, it was good to read such a perspicacious piece from so far away.’