Brendan Horan

Not sure Brendan should have talked about that

These aren’t the words you’d normally expect from a politician, especially one talking about meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Independent MP Brendan Horan did not let blood poisoning stop him from meeting glamour royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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He said he hit his leg three months ago and thought it was fine but after travelling to Wellington on Tuesday he knew something was wrong.

I noticed the swelling in my groin and my leg started to get very painful with a band around my lower leg.  Read more »

Labour’s LGBT quota being filled fast, Tamati Coffey selected in Rotorua

Tamati Coffey has been selected to stand for Labour in Rotorua.

I don’t think Todd McClay will be losing any sleep…unless Tamati Coffey heads down to the local pig hunters club and enters all the competitions and get heaps of photos proving he is a rough and tumble kiwi bloke interested in hunting pigs, the bush and swannies.

Tamati Coffey has officially been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Rotorua.

Speaking just after the voting at this morning’s selection meeting Coffey said he was elated to have secured the bid to challenge National’s Todd McClay for the role of Rotorua MP.

”It’s been a good open democratic process. I’ve had to fight for it, it’s not been something that’s been handed to me,” he said.

”I’ve had to fight for it but I can actually stand here now and say I was triumphant. I’m the Rotorua Labour candidate and I can say it with confidence.”

Coffey said it had been a tough process to secure the nomination ahead of rivals Dr Angela Sharples and Hugh Kininmonth,and acknowledged that the real work would begin now.

”I was saying to the members I feel a bit like a pit bull that’s been kept in a cage for too long. I need to get out because we’ve got a big job ahead.”  Read more »

Tweets of the Day

Barry Soper and Brendan Horan square off:

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They both sound touchy, perhaps Barry and Brendan should both go for a long run.

I’ve heard marathon training is good for helping with the effects of a mid-life crisis.

Garner on the muppet show of minor parties

Duncan Garner writes about the idiot, the crook and the rooter.

There’s a reason why Kim Dotcom, Brendan Horan and Colin Craig are getting so many headlines right now: All the other politicians are on holiday, and simply don’t give a stuff.

They’re either at their beach houses or overseas, and politics is the last thing on their mind. This has happened for years.

The political year kicks off when politicians pretend to care about the Ratana Church celebrations at the end of January and when the first Cabinet meeting takes place. Parliament doesn’t actually sit until February.

So, right now those three are taking their chances with the media, but they will soon have to compete with the big boys and girls for space. It will get that much harder.

Duncan is dead right…most MPS I know are still away or in shorts and jandals. If there is a vacuum it will be filled.

Colin Craig can only say so many crazy things and may have shot his load already. But I’m picking he’ll get into Parliament under some kind of deal with National and John Key.

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Labour and Green MPs about to break the law

The post showing Labour and the Green Taliban’s Living Wage campaign is fast becoming a quagmire with many naturally asking where the money will magically come from to pay people $18.40 an hour. It’s a good question they try to avoid answering. There are more questions too…like did the Greens pay their workers collecting signatures in the asset sales petition the living wage…they were advertised jobs…if not why not?

But it also got me thinking about MPs cleaning their own loos in Parliament.

Either Johnny Campbell is so smart that he’s setting a right trap for MPs so desperate to get on TV (Darien Fenton, Grant Robertson, Gareth Hughes, and pretend MP Brendan Horan) or he’s sadly ignorant of the laws he’s about to break.  Read more »

Brendan Horan – Stinking Up The Joint

However history views the whole Aaron Gilmore circus, at least it will record that he resigned.

Whatever you want to say about the centre right in this country, we don’t tolerate dickheads.  Gilmore went – eventually.

And that’s why Winston should be called on an opportunistic, hypocritical cheap shot on TV last night

His MP, Brendan Horan, is still in Parliament and stinking up the joint, and Winston, for all his bluster, has been out foxed by a novice dickhead.  Read more »

Hooton on The Clown

Matthew Hooton, not one to turn down a glass of wine, nails Aaron Gilmore, the Clown of Christchurch East:

I am the last person to criticise someone for getting rolling drunk.

By some measures, the volume of wine per person reported to have been drunk at National List MP Aaron Gilmore’s infamous Hanmer Springs dinner was positively temperate.  (Although, despite many years of trying, I have never had a wine waiter at a flash restaurant deny me service, so perhaps there is more to this part of the story.)

In a country where, rightly or wrongly, binge drinking remains acceptable and commonplace, what really does in Mr Gilmore is not his drunkenness but the horrible way he is reported to have treated the waiting staff, including clicking his fingers and abusing them, and – perhaps even worse – his idiotic threat to have the prime minister fire one of them.

On this point, I yesterday found myself in complete political agreement with the ‪Service and Food Workers Union, something no doubt damaging to both me and the union.

The shame of Hooton writing that last line must be immense, which makes it all the more powerful.

When previous MPs have run into trouble for drinking they have survived because their uncouth behaviour has not crossed the line into personal abuse.

When Mr Gilmore’s fellow Christchurch MP, Labour’s Ruth Dyson, was picked up one night for drink-driving, there was no suggestion she had been rude to the police and she had the integrity to resign as a minister before the sun came up.

Similarly, when Mr Gilmore’s fellow National Party MP, trade minister Tim Groser, got himself well-and-truly inebriated at the bar of an Emirates A380 flying home after a disastrous Middle Eastern trade mission to bury his mother, there was no suggestion he abused anyone (except, I was told by my spies on the flight, me – after he found out what I, after a few wines, had written about the trade-mission fiasco for that Friday’s NBR).

In any event, both Ms Dyson and Mr Groser were valuable to their prime ministers and governments.  Mr Gilmore has no such advantage.

He has no redeeming political features at all, and I doubt he will even make the list come the next election, despite his impressive CV.

To say Mr Gilmore’s political career is going nowhere is an understatement.

Reportedly never popular even within the National Party in his home district of Canterbury, he was National’s 2008 sacrificial lamb in the safe Labour seat of Christchurch East, losing to Labour’s Lianne Dalziel by over 5000 votes.

Nevertheless, he snuck into parliament on the list, but received no promotion in his first term as an MP, indicating the low regard in which he is held by John Key, Bill English and Steven Joyce, and much of the rest of the National cabinet and caucus.

Meanwhile, his 2008 contemporaries Nikki Kaye, Simon Bridges, Hekia Parata, Amy Adams and Michael Woodhouse have become ministers, and the next in line for ministerial jobs, Todd McClay and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, already chair the powerful Finance and Expenditure and Social Services select committees respectively.  There will never be any such promotions for Mr Gilmore.

Undeterred at having achieved nothing in his first term except attract publicity over a false CV, he sought re-election but was awarded the lowest place on National’s 2011 list among incumbents except for newbie Jami-Lee Ross, only elected as MP for Botany earlier that year, and the unloved Paul Quinn.  He was also put up again for Christchurch East.

In the 2011 election, it turned out that is not just National Party officials and MPs that seem to have a particular dislike of Mr Gilmore but also the good voters of Christchurch East.

His career, such as it is is over. He may as well just piss off. He won’t though such is his hubris.

As of this morning, the Prime Minister and his office appear almost to be begging for a formal complaint from the Heritage Hotel which they could hand over to Ms Upston as a first step towards getting rid of Mr Gilmore.

Any of the next few names on National’s list – Claudette Hauiti, Jo Hayes or Leonie Hapeta – would offer the party more in terms of electoral appeal than Mr Gilmore.

But they do have to move carefully.

Unlike, say, NZ First, National is a democratic party and, as Jim Bolger found with Mr Peters, Bill English with Maurice Williamson and Don Brash with Brian Connell, it is extremely hard to get rid of a recalcitrant MP.  Even in the recent NZ First case, Mr Peters failed to drum the disgraced Brendan Horan out of parliament altogether.

Mr Key just announcing Mr Gilmore is fired achieves nothing.  He needs to be encouraged to resign.

Of course, he probably won’t.  Mr Gilmore will never get a job as well paid as this one, especially now we know he doesn’t have the high-level finance-sector qualifications that were once claimed.

Right now, for doing pretty much nothing, he earns $142,000 a year, plus free air travel and subsidised Bellamy’s booze.

Sadly, he’s probably not going anywhere.

Unless of course all the other scandals associated with Aaron Gilmore surface in short order. They will.

Stop the World: Winston Peters is upset!

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The Greens have upset NZ First by agreeing to cast Brendan Horan’s proxy vote in Parliament.

Mr Horan was expelled from NZ First in December and is staying on as an independent list MP.

NZ First leader Winston Peters says the Green’s decision can “unfortunately” be seen as legitimising Mr Horan’s place in Parliament.

“There is no legitimate place in Parliament for Horan, now or in the future,” Mr Peters said.

“Horan represents no one. For obvious reasons, NZ First doesn’t want him and he should have resigned his list seat.”

Don’t you love how measured Winston is these days?  With the promise of a coalition government next year, he can’t afford to upset his new partners in crime too much.

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Serial Rooter Brendan Horan calls for Gay Marriage Referendum

via Stuff

via Stuff

It seems to be the in-thing to call for Inquiries, Official Inquiries and Referendums.

Horan, who voted against Gay Marriage, now has submitted a supplementary order paper calling for a referendum on the issue :   Read more »

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