Gilmore farewell speech

May 14th, 2013 at 3:19 pm by David Farrar

A very dignified farewell speech from . I tweeted that it was the political equivalent of a cock tease – led to expect fireworks, and you get a farewell hug :-)

Someone else tweeted that if he had made the first half of that speech last week, he may never have had to make the second half.

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  1. jaba (2,143 comments) says:

    well done (yes, his humbleness is late BUT).
    Now, that’s Worth, Wong and Gilmore all gone as National MPs.
    I can’t wait for the hypocritical Labour lot to try to put the boot.. why I hear you ask, well think how Labour handled Mallard, Dyson, Dalziel, Hughes, Carter and Jones.

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  2. infused (656 comments) says:

    That’s what was so stupid about this whole thing. If he had just said this in the beginning, it all would have gone away after a week.

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  3. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    Tom, Andrew Riches had every right to defend his, his friends, and their partners from Gilmore’s public defamation of them to save his own pride. AR was not the rat here; he simply spoke the truth which Gilmore was habitually unable to do.

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  4. sparky (235 comments) says:

    It was a very good speech from Aaron, just a pity he left it too late.

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  5. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    And makes a mockery of Shearer’s pathetic and juvenile comment about bringing “coke and popcorn”. What a complete cock.

    Suspect Coke will be suing his arse for mentioning their name, ruins their street cred enormously…

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  6. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    “…because of constant media scrutiny into my life I am unable to continue to function properly as an MP.”

    So, were it not for the media, he’d be a great MP? What rubbish. Even in his last speech, he can’t tell the truth.

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  7. Frit (2 comments) says:

    Thank God he pulled himself away from his inner circle of dickheads that had been fueling his righteous anger in time to leave with a shred of dignity in tact.

    Is any journo going to door stop the Father that promised a ‘big story’?? Sounds like he was part of the problem (if that was accurately reported…).

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  8. Harriet (4,990 comments) says:

    “….That’s what was so stupid about this whole thing. If he had just said this in the beginning, it all would have gone away after a week….’

    Indeed. They would have never asked him to resign for showing arrogance in public, as that’s what they all do, all day and half of the night. The fact he was drunk is just an excuse for his behaviour. And there’s if they get caught!

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  9. Chuck Bird (4,897 comments) says:

    well think how Labour handled Mallard, Dyson, Dalziel, Hughes, Carter and Jones.

    You could add a few more starting with the fraudster art forger Clark and of course Phillip Hans Field. Does anyone remember the Labour Minister who perved on school girls in the shower when he was a teacher?

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  10. andyscrase (89 comments) says:

    Utu – revenge is sweet when you deprive the media of their splatter story

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  11. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

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  12. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    “I” instead of “the group” and the whole thing would have been forgotten. Idiot.

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  13. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    Gilmore handled himself and his thankless (unless one was a Nat MP) task with dignity.

    Last week he received the mother of all kickings in Caucus. even from mild mannered folk.
    This morning, briefing them on what and how he would deliver his “valedectory”, he was applauded – as he was in the House.

    His actual speech was dignified, with just limited and correct (deserved) slashes at media. If the MSM had treated Hughes as they have Gilmore I would not object, nor, I suspect, would many others.

    There is one disappointment. One OAB will eventually die in the manner by which lives and chastises others – unless he tempers his approach. All his talk of UTU was just crap.

    Would that the MSM, green and Labour fuckwits could handle themselves with the dignity demonstrated by Gilmore.

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  14. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Ah hammy, you do make me giggle, the stupidty of the left, thinking $100K a year is ‘a lot of money’. You stick with the sickness benefit which you so richly deserve.

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  15. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    Following careful reflection and consultation with friends and family, revered National MP Aaron Gilmore – who was widely tipped to be a future leader of the party – has decided to resign from Parliament and return to his civilian life as a successful multibillionaire who moonlights as a secret agent for an unknown organisation.

    Gilmore – who is understood to be very popular with several people – made the announcement in a statement released to the press yesterday.

    http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/aaron-gilmore-to-return-to-life-as-suave-billionaire/

    :)

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  16. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    It was a good speech. Very public fall from grace but it appears he’s learned to take responsibility.

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  17. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    It is interesting that the attempted homosexual rape of a teenager lets the offender and his hostess completely off the media hook, not to mention the leader of your party and senior colleagues.

    But dare to be a rude tosser after a few drinks and you are vilified, pilloried and shamed. I think this was a disgraceful episode and the media lynch mob mentality was sickening. And I wonder who kept stoking the fire. And why.

    Even on Jim Mora this afternoon Gilmore is being criticised for not answering absolutely every accusation against him as though he is some kind of criminal. Surely it’s enough he has lost his reputation, his pirvacy and his job – a heavy price to pay for some drunken misbehaviour and failure to follow the PC formula for public self-abasement and flagellation.

    I don’t know the man but I think this has been a disgusting display of media bullying.

    Hamnida – I hope you are proud of the company you keep.

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  18. RandySavage (222 comments) says:

    Nice exit, meanwhile the disgraceful shit flinging continues on in Slaters sad excuse for a blog
    Grow up Cameron

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  19. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    Gilmore has been replaced by an ex Labour supporting lesbian Maori progressive.

    National- just a collection of hopeless progressive dropkicks led by a grinning fool who is so lacking in political courage his only strategy is taking ground from the left.

    Gilmore even for the fool he was is better off out of it.

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  20. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    BeaB…

    Just the point I was trying to make with shorthand.

    Well said, BeaB.

    But of course, in 2013 the percentage of predatory homosexuals in the media is out of all proportion to the whole community, – especially in Radio NZ, TV One and TV 3.

    I was once groped by one when in a certain Wellington radio studio.

    When he was able to stand, he was not in good shape. Pity! He never tried that again, but had the good grace to phone my wife and apologise.

    Oh dear. What a pity. Never mind.

    That is why we must never mention the sort of that Hughes attempted, must we?

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  21. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    Red…
    National, for all its faults is called a broad church party. Anything wrong with that (even if you are correct on the sexuality aspect) ?

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  22. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    Flipper- I don’t give a fuck what you choose to call it.

    They’re (mostly) a bunch of cowards without an idea.

    The socialist train has to be turned around, not slowed down.

    Nigel Farage is fearless.

    John Key is a grinning far left fool.

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  23. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    flipper: since you a safe behind a pseudonym, why not tell us which journo and on which radio station the attempted grope occurred?

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  24. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    Patton would have slapped Gilmore for blubbing………..and then been forced to apologise,but at least Patton was able to keep his job.

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  25. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    S P?

    Shit, what happened there? one minute that brave boy’s anonymous comment was there, and the next it was gone…

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  26. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    And do tell us Russell, just how many good hard men and true are there in the Redbaiter Party? To the nearest hundred will do…

    And I must advise that regrettably no journalist – belonging to any of the several genders which are now apparently available – ever tried to grope me…One sort of fell on me when she was a bit pissed, but I’m pretty sure that was accidental…

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  27. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    Fuck off Garret you whining little nobody.

    Always threatening people and obsessed with identities. Its creepy.

    Get a damn life and while you’re doing it try and understand that this is the internet not your local newspaper. If you can’t deal with it what the hell are you doing here?

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  28. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Ah, it’s the interweb Russell! thank you so much for pointing that out. I actually have quite a busy life – but thanks for your concern…how many members in the Redbaiter party did you say? I ask this you see, because for you, every party in parliament is a pack of far left spineless sell outs…your party clearly is not, so one wonders just how many stout fellows like you are out there….

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  29. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    “every party in parliament is a pack of far left spineless sell outs”

    Wrong.

    The Labour Party stands for what it believes in.

    The drooling surrender monkeys who are National need to do likewise.

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  30. Nookin (3,361 comments) says:

    “The Labour Party stands for what it believes in”

    ie, the acquisition and retention of the seats of power by any means available.

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  31. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Righto, so Labour meets your high standards of principle Russell… but how many “hearts of oak” in your merry band? As I said, to the nearest hundred will do..

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  32. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (891 comments) says:

    Good to see Shearer walking away with pop corn on his face and coke on his pants. Pathetic comment from a pathetic leader of a pathetic party.

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  33. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    Garret, you’re a pathetic little out of touch liberal with an obviously limited supply of information sources. If you think I’m the only person in the blogosphere who regards the John Key National Party with growing contempt you need to get around more. Try here

    http://www.theconservative.co.nz/

    and here

    http://falfn.com/CrusaderRabbit/

    for a start.

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  34. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    But that’s not what I asked you Russell !…however you have clearly chosen not to answer…and we can all (accurately) assume the answer is “far fewer than the 500 needed to form a political party”…Will you be recruiting Aaron, given that he is “better off out of it”?

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  35. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    There is no point in forming another party Dave, as you have so aptly demonstrated.

    The National Party has to return to its ideological roots and it will not do that while people keep supporting it as it is today.

    Better to let the Key Labour lite version die, and replace it with a party with some guts and conviction.

    Preferably with a leader who can articulate those convictions, like Nigel Farage or Ted Cruz.

    Definitely not the weak as piss full time compromiser advised and guided by and scared shitless of left media John Key.

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  36. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Will he joint the other National dropouts in NZ first

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  37. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    You know, the funny thing is, I actually AGREE with you re the Nats…they ARE a “do nothing to scare the horses” bunch…but what to do about it? CC thinks he is going to sweep in with 5 or 10% of the popular vote, but even if that should happen, would that actually change much? Part of their mission statement (or the equivalent document) is that any change to the status quo should only occur after long and careful consideration..there is no committment to radically change anything – indeed to do so would be the very opposite of “conservatism”…and the status quo now includes “marriage equality” and equating smacking a child on the leg as a form of correction as child abuse…I havent heard CC proclaim he is going to change any of that…

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  38. Nostalgia-NZ (5,222 comments) says:

    Of course the media didn’t put wine in Aaron’s glass nor words in his mouth, saw flashes of a top speaker and an engaging manner, wish the man well.

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  39. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    CC is not the issue.

    The issue is that the Nats have to learn that they do not hold the Conservative vote prisoner.

    For example, Williamson’s speech was the best example of arrogant progressive shit you could ever see.

    There is no way any Conservative can continue to support the Nats when it is full of contemptuous progressives like Williamson.

    So we do not support it until it changes.

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  40. tvb (4,432 comments) says:

    Gilmore should have realised he had a political problem that needed careful management and he failed to do that and paid the price as a MP.

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  41. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Better to let the Key Labour lite version die, and replace it with a party with some guts and conviction.

    Given that Red’s final solution requires that NZ succumb to the insanity and destruction that is a Labour/Greens coalition, it can only be that he has rewritten that old saying:

    “Better to die on your knees than live on your feet”

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  42. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    BeaB @ 4.31pm
    Talk about missing the point – I presume deliberately.
    Gilmore was not forced to resign because he got drunk and being rude to a waiter.
    The issues were:
    1) He used John Keys name to threaten the waiter with dismissal – a total abuse of power
    and
    2) Then he lied – not only to John Key and his party but to the NZ people
    This made his position untenable.

    Now, I know that you worship all things Key. I thought you of all people would be a bit miffed at how Gilmore’s actions put Key in a difficult situation.

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  43. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    Reasonable speech. Too well written for him alone. I wonder who wrote it – Boag perhaps? I hope the taxpayer did not have to foot the bill.

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  44. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    He should have started his speech; Do you know who I am? …..

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  45. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Actually had that failure of a lawyer had done what all responsible and good lawyers do and had kept his mouth shut, his pen in his pocket and quietly had a private conversation with his mind in gear then none of this would have happened.

    I’m still interested in his sympathies and who they lie with.

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  46. Johnboy (16,722 comments) says:

    Gilmore’s going was probably his finest moment in his parliamentary career.

    I’m waiting for the lefty conspiracy mob to come up with:

    “Johnkey and Stevejoy have jacked Gilmore up with a $300k job plus 2% of the take as Waiting Staff Training Director at the new Skycity Convention Centre”……… in return for his silence!! :)

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  47. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    I doubt whether the left will need to do anything at this point.

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  48. Johnboy (16,722 comments) says:

    Probably haven’t got time to think of anything yet Floyd60. Still trying to sort out ForgotMeAccount’s internet banking! :)

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  49. Hodor (38 comments) says:

    Someone might have said this already but could this whole episode be called the “embarrassment of Riches”?

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  50. goldnkiwi (1,329 comments) says:

    I guess the UN is out of the question for Aaron Gilmore then. ;)
    I

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  51. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    http://screencast.com/t/dWloBSsK6pLh

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  52. edd (157 comments) says:

    Did anyone buy Sky City shares back when the Gilmore story broke? If you did you just made a packet….

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  53. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    bc
    I thought Key was supremely unruffled and unconcerned despite the media hysteria and fantasies.
    Shearer obviously has time to sit down for a heart to heart about FA but Key let others deal with it and put his energies where they really matter eg the Budget.

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  54. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    What utu rubbish…..

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