MP Aaron Gilmore appears to have threatened ”revenge” on those who effected his downfall ahead of his valedictory speech in Parliament tomorrow.
After he resigned from Parliament last night, at least four people are understood to have received a text message from Gilmore this morning, including National Party members, advising them to learn the meaning of ”utu” – the Maori word for revenge.
Those who have received messages include Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and Christchurch lawyer Andrew Riches.
I’ll be glad when this is all over. In the last week the Government has been full steam ahead:
- Unemployment down
- Tax up and spending down
- Economic growth and business confidence up
- An Auckland Housing Accord
- An international convention centre for Auckland
- A $1.7 billion share float
- 80,000 new shareholders on the NZX
- Extra money for the Christchurch rebuild
- Pre-Budget spending announcements
The last 10 days should have been 10 days of basically non-stop good news for the Government. Instead we’ve had this side-show. After the conclusion tomorrow, hopefully we can all move on.