I feel a bit sorry for Aaron Gilmore. He’s a dickhead, yes indeed, but there’s a lot of that about, and not many dickheads get forced to stare into the mirror the way that Gilmore has.
Be that as it may, Gilmore’s position is now untenable. When it was claimed that he had threatened a barman with having the PM get him sacked, Gilmore denied it. How then does he explain this text exchange with lawyer Andrew Riches (one of the dining companions that Gilmore tried to dump on) – as leaked to Newstalk ZB:
AR: I didn’t write that note because I thought we were boisterous, I wrote it because you told the guy he was being fired, said the pm would be involved and I didn’t want the poor guy to worry about his job
AG: I know. They are trying to make it seem bigger than that. Its bullshit. ive taken the blame and apologised. Just say nothing.
When talking about the allegation Gilmore says “I know”. Clearly he has lied to the PM. As Key has already stated such a lie would be a “serious issue”. So, the ball is in Key’s court now, he’s been lied to, Gilmore should go.