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Booze-ups, brain-fades, and bullying


Apology over MP's flare-up in restaurant

Acknowledgment: Fairfax Media – Apology over MP’s flare-up in restaurant


Hmmm, another brain-fade from a National MP?

As if a bit of booze-fuelled bullying wasn’t enough, Mr Gilmore seems to have been afflicted with the Key Brainfade Syndrome. If I was the Diplomatic Protection Squad, I’d be checking the water-jugs in National’s caucus room. There must be  something in their water-suppy.

I shared my views with Fairfax’s The Press, in Christchurch,


from:     Frank M <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to:     The Press <letters@press.co.nz>
date:     Thu, May 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM
subject:     Letter to The Editor


The Editor

Aaron Gilmore’s booze-fueled bullying and subsequent brainfade at a Hanmer Springs hotel  is typical  National’s attitude  toward working people.

It’s not surprising Gilmore acted so atrociously – National’s culture of anti-worker disdain has been evident since 2008.

Current plans to undermine collective agreements by allowing employers to negotiate in bad faith, then walk away, is pure National policy. Returning to youth rates (which only displaces older workers) is another example.

None of this will increase wages, or create new jobs, as John Key promised;

“We will also continue our work to increase the incomes New Zealanders earn. That is a fundamental objective of our plan to build a stronger economy.” – John Key,  8 February 2011

As Bill English admitted on TVNZ’s Q+A, National welcomes falling wages;

Well, it is a good thing if we can attract the capital, and the fact is Australians- Australian companies should be looking at bringing activities to New Zealand because we are so much more competitive than most of the Australian economy.” – 10 April 2011

Gilmore may’ve apologised for his crude behaviour, but National continues to bully and  abuse workers through it’s pro Big Business policies. Time for  Key to apologise and abandon it’s rightwing agenda.


-Frank Macskasy

(phone number & address supplied)

Note to Mr Gilmore:  don’t ever call yourself a “man of the people”.





Facebook: Helen Kelly – Discussion Thread


TVNZ: Q+A – Guyon Espiner interviews Bill English – transcript



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  1. Coroleen Davis
    2 May 2013 at 12:17 pm

    So full of himself the drunken bully….Just typical of Keys monkeys!!!!!!

  2. Matthew
    2 May 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Too drunk to remember means too drunk to do his job. If he’s got a problem it’s best to get it out in the open and get him the help that he needs. Hiding alcoholism isn’t the best thing to do. Although in my opinion it’s best to sack them sooner rather than later, as it just wastes time when they are unreformable.

    • 2 May 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Loving your “tough love” there, Matthew. *massive thumbs up* to that.

      If the guy does have a problem with the booze bottle, we’ll be hearing more of it in the near future. If it was just a handy excuse…

  3. John Chapman
    2 May 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Gilmore is just a borish oaf Frank..

    • 2 May 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Indeed, John. He’s also a member of these two select committees,

      * Member, Maori Affairs Committee
      * Member, Local Government and Environment Committee

      It’s a bit of a worry when someone like that is an elected representative…

  4. Budinski
    2 May 2013 at 12:56 pm

    What an ass. I don’t know about anybody else but if you have memory loss after a bottle and a half of wine then you either have the tolerance of a 4year old, or you were already half cut when you got there.

  5. 2 May 2013 at 12:56 pm

    To think this guy has continually lost out in actual elections and had to be returned by National only after Lockwood was sent packing to London (where he can’t pull the PM up for being a lying prick anymore).

    And most of his work has been in the area of advising on SOE privitisation… picture perfect National party material basically

  6. Mick
    2 May 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Hubris must be contagious…he caught it off Key .

  7. 2 May 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Delusions of grandeur AND a drinking problem – “Don’t you know who I am?!” – lol!

    • Budinski
      2 May 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Well, we all know who he is now lol

  8. Theodore
    2 May 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What a dork. No wonder he’s a List MP, no electoratore would vote for him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Gilmore

  9. 2 May 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Time for Key to apologise and abandon it’s rightwing agenda.

    Not going to happen – after all, they haven’t gotten around to openly admitting that they are following a strict fascist rightwing agenda.

  10. Gail
    2 May 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Disgusting behaviour, and obviously playing follow the leader, call me Pinocchio mark II, makes me sick, what a DICK ‘ Do you know who I am’ pfft, yeah, I know who you are that’s why I don’t trust you as far as I could throw you

  11. Shane Hayes
    3 May 2013 at 12:02 am

    Hmmm? ..the “high standard” that Key expects of his MP’s must have become more fuzzy and confusing to Gilmore’s after alcohol intake given the examples of John Banks and Hekia Parata it may be of no surprise that Gilmore’s ego got the better of him when the “we can pooh pooh on the worker” attitude showed it’s big ugly. Revealing the true nature of National must peeve the PM off no end.

  12. Leftie Lenny
    3 May 2013 at 12:09 am

    Key apologize? I don’t like your chances Frank. Good letter though. 😉

    As for Gilmour – what a half-wit.

  13. Matthew
    3 May 2013 at 6:41 am

    Reading this – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881238

    it seems his behaviour was really out of line for his dinner companion to publicly say the apology was a cop-out.

    There’s probably enough there to sack him. My advice to the PM is to do just that and get the guy some help.

  14. DR
    4 May 2013 at 9:01 am

    But Key can only sack Gilmore from caucus, not as an MP.
    Then what happens to the Nacts majority if Gilmore goes feral.
    AND add into the mix that Banks might be a gonbuger, and it would take few months to get another MP elected in Epsom

    • 4 May 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Both interesting prospects, DR.

      My initial reaction is that Epsom voters will re-elect another Tory – most likely a National candidate. It’s a safe Natiional seat so unless Epsomites have had a radical change of political heart, I can’t see them voting Labour.

      As for Gilmore… even if he does a ” Brendan Horan”, I can’y see him voting with the Opposition. His born-to-rule attitude probably wouldn’t allow it.

      What we need is a by-election in a seat like Waitakere or Waimakariri. Now that would give the country the opportunity to over-turn this rotten government…

      • DR
        5 May 2013 at 9:37 am

        Yes Epsom will elect another Tory, but there could be a gap of several months without a majority.

        • 6 May 2013 at 12:12 am

          Good point, DR. That’s several months in which they won’t be getting up to any further right wing mischief…

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