Gerry Brownlee is well past his use by date. He made an utter mess of trying to sell mining to the country — that of course was a good thing. But he’s also in the process of making a mess of the rebuilding of Christchurch — and that will be a disaster.
In the latest Brownlee fiasco…
Gerry Brownlee’s Canterbury earthquake recovery authority has struck difficulties even before it is officially launched – the man tipped to lead it has reportedly turning down the job because of issues with Mr Brownlee’s involvement.
The Government is expected to tomorrow announce the structure of the quake recovery authority which will co-ordinate rebuilding efforts in the shattered city.
Last week, it was reported that senior civil servant and former Army officer Martyn Dunne was to be appointed as temporary head of the body.
But without citing sources, broadcaster Paul Holmes yesterday said Mr Dunne had declined the job after deciding he was unable to work with the quake recovery minister. …
If Mr Dunne had been in the frame to lead the authority but had decided against taking the job, “that is a real worry for Canterbury”, said Mr Cosgrove.
Mr Dunne came with “a very formidable pedigree and career as a soldier”.
“If it is the case as reported by Mr Holmes that he can’t work with Mr Brownlee that is a worry, you have to ask why?
“I’m assuming the major general would also have been heavily briefed as to the Government’s quake recovery authority and one would assume that he baulked at that and thinks it’s not appropriate.
“Well, who’s the big loser in all of that? The people of Canterbury.”
A Labour Party press release covers Brownlee’s ever changing excuses on this matter. But the fact appears to be that the person Brownlee tapped to head the new earthquake recovery authority can’t face the prospect of working with him.
If that doesn’t finally alert the Nats to the fact that Brownlee is the wrong Minister for Christchurch, then what will?