Armstrong on Brownlee

John Armstrong is generous with the accolades for Gerry Brownlee today:

It may not be the done thing to go into bat for Gerry Brownlee, but a lot of the stick he has been getting as Earthquake Recovery Minister has been unwarranted.

Sure, Brownlee’s patience can run too thin at times. Sure, there has been the occasional glitch in his running of his portfolios. Sure, it is blindingly obvious that you don’t tell people something is blindingly obvious. And we won’t dwell on his biggest political misjudgment – the misguided plan to let mining companies dig up national parks.

But when it comes to nous and instinct, Brownlee is the politician’s politician. On Thursday he stepped up to the mark and delivered the goods when it really mattered.

That would be nice of John if he was right.

Last Thursday wasn’t about Gerry delivering….anyone who knows anything about Christchurch knows that there are thousands of campervans locked up in Addington without a single occupant, that there are hundreds of temporary house likewise locked up without occupants.

Sources close to the PM are disappointed that Gerry is getting all the accolades when anyone who read bewteen the lines that Thursday was the PM’s work and Captain Panic Pants saved the day on this one.


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  • reid

    Yes, Gerry’s not the keenest strategic mind on the block, is he.

    I think he did an adequate job on Close-Up which was his biggest challenge but he could have closed down that idiot much earlier by a few well-chosen truths and he didn’t but that’s cause he’s quick but he’s not deep. No he’s not a deep thinker, is our Gerry. Shame really.

    He seems quite angry as well. I saw him one day walking to work and I looked at him but no hint of a smile from him, almost as if he thought I was going to challenge him. Such aggressive defensiveness is not a helpful attitude generally let alone to someone in his position where it isn’t even necessary since if you’re a Minister apparently it’s like you’re one of those native tribal Chief’s with a massive throne with skulls on the armrests and candles, drums, stuff like that. Apparently you simply act like that and it’s all pretty sweet really, so no need for Mr Angry today, I would have thought.

    Apart from all of those things he manages to have a presence though. I kind of secretly look forward to seeing what he’s going to say next. I used to do that with Lange and Moore too. Always entertaining.

    I wonder what his monthly Bellamy’s bill is?

    • reid

      That wasn’t in the data was it Cam?