Gerry Brownlee cops one in the chook

In the interests of making the election more interesting it appears that the MSM have decided to become the official opposition, because Labour aren’t any good at serving her majesty in opposition.

Today we have seen two scathing attacks on Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, one from Vernon Small and the other from Bryce Edwards. Small wants Gerry to actually do something rather than plan and talk. Edwards is far more straightforward, saying:

“The Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, appears to be part of Government’s problem, and increasingly he appears to be almost a lame duck minister. There must be questions asked about whether he was the right person for the job. He is reported today, as saying he does not accept that Christchurch residents are in limbo.”

The tipline has been busy processing a large number of leads for Whaleleaks, but disturbing news is coming out of the socialist republic of Christchurch that certain people down there who have a fair bit of weight to throw around are throwing it, because they think Gerry has been throwing his ample weight all over the place without actually doing anything. This is beginning to piss off certain people who inhabit smoke filled rooms and make important decisions about Canterbury, and have done for generations.

Gerry never having been the most popular man in the socialist republic, being neither college nor school, and regarded as a bombastic speaker who hides his laziness with a sharp tongue. The tipline reckons that the PMs office is getting rather tired of having to spin patience when they want something to be done. This will be no surprise to regular readers of this blog as Gerry known to be highly unpopular with Key media man Captain Panic Pants for completely ballsing up the mining on Schedule Four land. So there is ample suspicion of the ample bloke amongst staffers too.

Labour appear to be missing a big opportunity to make everyone think that Gerry actually caused the earthquake in the first place, rather than blaming Jim Anderton. This transfer of blame would be pretty straight forward for anyone but a cripple of a campaign manager, especially when there are some very nice compare and contrast stories between Christchurch and Japan.

I reckon that as soon as Labour stop fighting me and start being working over the big fella then Captain Panic Pants will need a serious course of blood pressure lowering medication.


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  • bigkev

    thats the problem with putting a politition in charge, they are talkers not do’ers so theres alot more talking to come yet.

    if you look on the net and see where japan is at (excluding the nuclear meltdown) they are miles ahead, the japanese housing minister apologised to the people of japan for not meeting the target of 30,000 temporary houses by the end of May, they only got 27,200 done and it was going to take another week to make target, everybody will be re-housed buy the end of august and the shelters closed, all the major arterial routes have been rebuilt and are operational. catch up Gerry.

  • cadwallader

    In this unprecedented task, it will be the end result, not media snapshot interim results which will count. Too much haste and bad decisions will be made.
    I think Pie-Shop does seem a trifle overwhelmed, but rather that than insane ducking and diving as the leftie media seems to be demanding.
    This task is not simply a re-construction in the physical sense, it is a rehabilitation of a destroyed city with a smashed psyche. I advocate that the city centre be cordoned off and forgotten about. Get housing sussed and the commercial factors will take care of themselves.
    The problem is: Is this too soon? If there is another 6+ quake and further damage occurs after re-construction begins, the likes of Lie-Anne Dalziel will squeal like the stuck pig she is!

  • Mr Blobby

    I don’t think pie-shop is a trifle overwhelmed in fact I think he likes trifle. But he is well out of his depth. Aside from talking rubbish and stuffing face at the buffet table nothing else will be achieved.
    Standard operating procedure for this Government lots of rhetoric no action.
    Our 1st world veneer has been cracked and we are showing our 3rd World credentials.

    Case 1 Japan tsunami one year on. What tsunami

    Case 2 New Zealand Earthquake one year on. Still arguing about.
    • What to pull down
    • Who is going to pay for it
    • Who is responsible
    • Where the funding is coming from
    • And so forth and so on…………

  • I’m with Cadwallader. Since we arrived in Shaky City at 10.30pm last night there have been three quakes of magnitude 4.4 or greater. The earth here is still incredibly unstable; is it the right time to be making decisions that will impact on Christchurch and Canterbury for generations? I’m reminded of a Latin proverb I learned many, many years ago; festina lente – hasten slowly. That seems like wise counsel at the moment.

  • Mike Readman

    It’s funny how the eastern suburbs are taking a long time to even find out what the go is in terms of their land when it’s already been decided months ago that the Central City can be rebuilt where it is and the latest strong aftershocks haven’t delayed the plans at all. The draft plan will still be released mid August.

  • abjv

    National has earthquake problems at #2 and #3.

    Isn’t the man from Dipton the Minister in Charge of EQC? Why isn’t he pressuring the EQC boss to sort out their internal problems, pay their bills, and enforce their services ageement with the Baldricks they employ in Austalia as a call centre? Or, force the guy to resign, so Bill can appoint someone competent to sort it out?

    The comment in Cam’s post about #3 says it all for Gerry, really.

  • Johnny Sauce Pants

    Gerry Brownlee, Useless, simply a useless talking wobbling slob. Nothing more nothing less. that is all.