The Clown of Christchurch East

clownIn 2010, this blog was merciless at exposing the outrageous behaviour of Andrew Williams, whose late night antics included thumping an ambulance officer, pissing on his own council building, late night phone messages and text messages to various political leaders and more. It was almost certainly the confluence of a nasty man’s ego mixed with suspected grog imbibing causing tyrannical behaviour in high office.

As a result, Andrew Williams earned a number of nicknames on this blog, and in wider Auckland politics, including the Clown of Campbell’s Bay, the Cock of the Shore, and the Cock from Campbell’s Bay.

Ditto with Caesar Michael Williams, whose boozy bullying behaviour is a disgrace to the office he holds on the Howick local board.

Today, in National Party circles, we have also witnessed the confluence of a nasty man’s ego mixed with grog, causing tyrannical behaviour in high office. To recap, we have learned that:

Aaron Gilmore failed to attend a National Party dinner, and instead skived off with mates to get quietly boozed away from the members who helped select him onto the National list

Gilmore then had far too much to drink at the public establishment, breaking one of the cardinal rules of political judgment (don’t get wasted in public, do your boozing with the lads in private)

He then demanded that a waiter break the very alcohol laws (eg, give a drunk man more alcohol), that Gilmore had responsibility on and had advocated tougher rules on.

Having had the law upheld against him, Gilmore tried to use his political influence to scare the waiter into breaking the law.

Then, he attempted to use his connections in political office to allegedly threaten the waiter into giving him more booze or he would get the Prime Minister’s office to sack him.

As the scandal unfolded, Gilmore tried to minimise his behaviour by sharing the blame around his dinner group. He arguably misled the Prime Minister’s office as well.

Finally, he has become the story, and can’t shake it because the media, the service worker unions, and EVEN HIS OWN PARTY MEMBERS want shot of him.

In fact, for a guy who abuses law abiding waiters using the “dickhead” word, he deserves the same moniker as that drunken oaf from the North Shore.

Gilmore is the Cock of Christchurch East, the Boor of Bexley, the Clown of Cockayne Reserve, and the Pisshead of Pegasus Ave.

Time to go.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.