The urban dictionary tries to make out that in Australia, it’s an affectionate term. Rubbish – it means someone who who can be relied upon to do the most unpleasant thing, make the wrong decision, someone who is a menace to anyone around. There is an affectionate usage, just as calling a mate a bastard: “you old bastard” but the word in itself is pejorative.
Barry Humphries popularized it in some of his characters, e.g. Les Patterson or in real ones: ‘Caitlyn Jenner is a publicity-seeking ratbag.’
And all these below are utter ratbags as well.
I’m sorry, you call them what you like – luvvies, leftists, metros, PCists, SJWs, feminists, pussies, Russell Brand types, socialists, social democrats, left-liberals, nanny-statists, bansturbators – they’re all part of the same crowd with no common sense and yet bloodyminded and determined to pursue wrong. They’re ratbags.
Here’s one example:
They didn’t tell us they were going to do wheel spins! Westminster Council blames BBC for Top Gear’s ‘disrespectful’ donuts at the Cenotaph as Chris Evans apologises ‘unreservedly’
Wheelspin near the Cenotaph – it doesn’t surprise because these people have no sense of past history, of nation, of heritage … of respect. And here’s another:
Defiant Merkel vows to stick to open-door migration policy after crushing election defeat which gave far-Right party big gains
One global socialist, one person, that’s all it takes to threaten a whole nation and in the process, the whole of a continent. Will she be shot, as she deserves? Will she hell – we all know that if it will be anyone, it will be Trump.
Meanwhile, the deaths, the misery follow and these people grimly stick to their ruinous policies.