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Gerry Brownlee – Diplomat

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Brownlee’s apalling gaffe requires a full apology. He has not only needlessly insulted an entire nation of people – but has brought our own country into disrepute.

Mr Brownlee is a lazy, obnoxious, narrow-minded bigot who has exhibited gross incompetance as Minister in charge of Christchurch’s re-build.

Accordingly, I have expressed my own views on Brownlee’s repulsive remarks, to the Finnish Embassy in Canberra,

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Subject: An apology
Date:       Monday, 26 March, 2012 5:32 PM
From:    “Frank Macskasy” <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>
To:          “Juha Parikka” <sanomat.can@formin.fi>

Dear Sir,

It is with utmost regret that one of our elected representatives, Gerry Brownlee, has made uncalled-for derogatory remarks about your country, Finland.

Mr Brownlee is not a very cultured man, and has been elected largely on the popularity of our current Prime Minister. Many New Zealanders view him as a clown; with disdain; and he does not speak for our country.

Please accept my sincerest apology.

Regards,
– Frank Macskasy

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“Frankly Speaking”——————————https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com
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Of course, my words are “essentially humorous and satirical“.

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  1. 26 March 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Being Finnish senior citizen I was surprised when hearing that somebody insults Finland. We have been in World War II fighting for our independency and paid a war Indemnity. We have our own Nokia mobile phones; we have built the world’s largest wooden church. Not to forget that we have been made the world’s largest cruise ship – Allure of the Seas – world’s biggest cruise ship. We speak many languages fluently. I think that these examples are enough that we are educated and capable to do things.

  2. Clive @ large
    26 March 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry about that Sartenada. Brownlee is known as a bit of a boofhead here in our country. One of our othermembers of Parliament described him as an illiterate woodwork teacher.

    The vast majority of my fellow New Zealanders wouldn’t be pleased with Brownlee’s comment and are probably just as horrified at his comments. Unfortunately, every country has an idiot in parliament and ours is Gerry Brownlee. I’m with Frank and hope you accept our apology.

  3. Jena
    26 March 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Off with Brownlee’s head!

  4. CB
    27 March 2012 at 12:13 am

    This is so embarressing. One of my relations is married to a Finnish girl and I was mortified when this came over the news. Luckily she understood that Brownlee is a simple-minded idiot in a suit in Parliament. People like him should stop and think before opening their mouths. He has made us all look foolish! I phoned my aunty in Christchurch and told her not to dare vote for that pig of a man again!

  5. 27 March 2012 at 8:30 am

    Sartenada :

    Being Finnish senior citizen I was surprised when hearing that somebody insults Finland. We have been in World War II fighting for our independency and paid a war Indemnity. We have our own Nokia mobile phones; we have built the world’s largest wooden church. Not to forget that we have been made the world’s largest cruise ship – Allure of the Seas – world’s biggest cruise ship. We speak many languages fluently. I think that these examples are enough that we are educated and capable to do things.

    Sartenada, I’m happy to say that Brownlee does not represent the views of the vast majority of New Zealanders. Brownlee represents only himself. We’re all apalled by his gross ignorance and his eagerness to cast aspersions on other societies.

    This facebook page by New Zealanders expresses the contempt that we have to this ill-educated man,

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/321199901278283/

    Finland and it’s achievements are held in high regard by many, many New Zealanders.

  6. 27 March 2012 at 8:33 am

    I too am apologetic. Jerry Brownlie is an embarrassment, and he definitely does not speak for all of us in NZ.

  7. Deborah Kean
    27 March 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I have a Turkish friend who married a Finnish man, and who is currently studying the language with a view to getting her residence – she loves Finland! Therefore, I also apologise on behalf on Jabba – er, Brownlee…
    Deb

  8. Poder
    28 March 2012 at 1:35 am

    What about this? 🙂

    In the battle Finland vs. NZ we have always been the winners…

  9. 28 March 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Poder :

    What about this? :-)

    In the battle Finland vs. NZ we have always been the winners…

    1976??? 😀

  10. Poder
    30 March 2012 at 12:34 am

    Yes, in 1976 and ever since. And also before 1976 for that matter. 🙂

    Jokes aside, I surfed in the NZ net a little bit. It seems to be so that this Brownlee guy isn’t so popular over there. Pity for you. But on the other hand, you have elected him to parliament, not we.

    Maybe it is time to change the majority voting system to something more modern.

    Greetings from Finland. Spring is coming and the snow is melting already.

  11. samwise
    30 March 2012 at 11:23 am

    Poder, Brownlee is a dork. I’m totally ashamed at that fat prick’s dumbass comments. No way does he represent us ordinary folk. Everyone I know is gutted at the way he’s behaved.

    Brownlee should just eat another pie and STFU!

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