Brownlee in General Debate

September 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

In yesterday’s , Gerry Brownlee revealed the extent of the fixation has with him:

That leaves just one possibility as a dead cert to be dropped off the front bench, and that is my Canterbury colleague the Hon Clayton Cosgrove. This comes as a deeply disturbing thing for me because Clayton Cosgrove has spoken in the House 21 times since the beginning of 2012—not a bad sort of record for substantial speeches in the House. In every one of those speeches he has mentioned my name multiple times. It is almost a fixation that the poor man has. In the imprest supply debate he mentioned my name six times. In the Environment Canterbury bill it was five times. There are many threes, there are many fours, and there are many fives. I got mentioned six times in the Canterbury schools debate. But, somewhat inexplicably, he mentioned me five times in the debate on the State-owned energy companies and delay of sale of Mighty River Power—five times. Then when it came to the Mixed Ownership Model Bill in Committee I got nine mentions—nine mentions. These were 5-minute speeches and I took up most of them. In the Address in Reply debate this year he outdid himself. In the Address in Reply debate he outdid himself. In a 10-minute speech I got 11 mentions. That is one a minute. It is quite clear that the man thinks of nothing else but me. Clearly, he is a man who does not have his eye on his policy portfolio issues and who has a certain fixation with me, which is worrying because the deputy leader once had one of those as well. 

We await the caucus reshuffle on Monday with interest!

9 Responses to “Brownlee in General Debate”

  1. Redbaiter (11,656 comments) says:

    There are a lot of weird people out there with such fixations.

    With some of them, its impossible to get rid of them once they latch on to you.

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  2. nocommentkiwi (35 comments) says:

    To be fair, it’s pretty difficult for Christchurch MPs to discuss Christchurch issues without some reference to Brownlee. He controls CERA and CERA controls the city.

    Clayton was one of Brownlee’s students, IIRC, so it’s not unnatural that he might be a bit Brownlee-centric.

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  3. tvb (5,518 comments) says:

    Cosgrove is a very odd person.

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  4. Black with a Vengeance (2,196 comments) says:

    And how fixated is Brownlee on himself that he keeps a precise record of how many time he is mentioned in speeches ?

    As a useful idiot, he’s fucking useless.

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  5. Jack5 (9,305 comments) says:

    He fits the name. Labour’s Clayton’s politician.

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  6. stigie (3,853 comments) says:

    Black says….
    As a useful idiot, he’s fucking useless.

    Dont think so Black, this is big Gerry at his best !!

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  7. kiwi in america (2,687 comments) says:

    You are indeed right. Clayton was a young teenage protégé of Mike Moore and Brownlee gave him a bit of a hard time. He’s never really forgotten those teasing barbs at St Bedes. Cosgrove has old school Irish attitudes and never forgets or forgives – not healthy if you want to be a senior politician. Its funny though because the sisterhood treated him (as Moore’s side kick) far worse than Brownlee ever did but he eventually sucked up to Helen and co to get a decent ranking on the list as he knew that the Waimakariri electorate boundary changes were making his seat more National leaning.

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  8. Paulus (3,570 comments) says:

    Careful Gerry – Clumper Cosgrove is trying to say that he fancies you from years gone by, from when you taught him.
    A secret fetish !

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  9. Duncan Brown (20 comments) says:

    All very interesting… and how much time of a highly-paid staffer was committed to this “research”? Taxes are indeed a burden, when they get wasted like this!

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