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Solitary man

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, June 14th, 2018 - 30 comments
Categories: Gerry Brownlee, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags:

Look who was pinged playing Solitaire in Parliament?  None other than Gerry Brownlee.

It was reported in this article in Newshub which said this:

National MP Gerry Brownlee has been snapped playing a card game on his phone during Question Time in Parliament.

However, there will be no reprimand from his boss.

“It’s not against the rules,” said National Leader Simon Bridges.

“He’s one of the rare men that can multitask.”

As for Mr Brownlee, he simply said he needed a moment to himself.

“I didn’t spend the whole time by any means playing the solitaire game. It was just a few moments where I was playing solitaire.

“Sometimes it’s better to distract yourself rather than getting into any arguments.

Being “not against the rules” has to be the weakest defence ever. It also runs totally against National’s mantra that it was going to hold the Government to account.

The people of Christchurch would be very happy for his level of distraction to be permanent.

 

 

30 comments on “Solitary man ”

  1. We all need regular distractions at work. Some research has found that allowing people to spend a bit of time on the Internet actually increases productivity. I zip on to the Internet every 20 minutes or so. It gives my brain a rest for a moment and actually keeps my mind engaged and motivated. Looking over someone’s shoulder to make sure they are constantly working is the path to fascism.

    • dukeofurl 1.1

      Brownshirt Brownlee has been a lot further down the path of facisism than you realise.
      Surely you have permission to ‘sharpen your mind’ from the nat MP you work for ?

      he can while away the hours , days, years in his office how he likes. While in the House where the cameras on on him he can bloody well look like hes working for us all- as they claim to be

      • esoteric pineapples 1.1.1

        I don’t like Gerry in the least. Definitely not arguing his cause as a supporter. I just think people shouldn’t get on each other’s backs when they have a bit of time out. It’s part of a bigger theory I have that everyone has the right to have an opportunity to break the rules and when this is taken away from them, it creates an uptight society that usually harms the more innocent more than the truly guilty. It relates very much to too much survelliance. For instance, a friend ended up losing their job because she went over the speed limit in a company car by a few kilometres per hour. The buses I catch are full of survelliance cameras, supermarkets do facial recognition. Whatever the “positive” arguments for using these sorts of technologies to spy on people, in the end it means we are being watched constantly and every misdemeanor is noted and punished. Humans aren’t made to be perfect and when society starts punishing us for every little fault, society becomes more repressive and ultimately fascist. There has never been a despotic regime that didn’t survive without spying on its citizens. I personally would rather have a few of the less odious crimes go unnoticed and unpunished than live in a society where there is nowhere for people to hide from prying eyes.

  2. Jimmy 2

    I guess he was on his tea break!!!!

  3. Puckish Rogue 3

    Ladies and gentlemen…Mr Neil Diamond!

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    Brownlee has nothing intelligent to add – shame he’s too greedy to retire – he’s neither use nor ornament and never has been.

    • Unicus 4.1

      So true

      The destroyer of Christchurch’s built heritage is a vile pedantic bully who operated behind the protection of the New Zealand army to destroy our nations irreplaceable architecture in favour of the financial interests of hedonistic property owners . He encouraged them to I cash up their insurance and turn to rubble buildings of exquisite beauty .The Victorian arts and crafts and myriad of other architectural styles that were that great citys built inheritance beat the earthquakes but could not survive the dreadful intent of Brownlee .

      The stain of his mis-deeds will remain on Christchurch forever

  5. Wensleydale 5

    I wish I could insert myself into a job where I got to sit in a comfy chair and play mobile games while collecting a bloated salary on the taxpayers’ dime. Well done, Gerry. Treat yourself to another pie.

  6. Gabby 6

    It’s encouraging that he feels Trev is capable of proceeding without Jeery’s sage advice.

  7. Baba Yaga 7

    Of greater concern is the number of Labour MP’s in witness protection during QT, and the increasingly shrill response of some MP’s to opposition probing. For a recent example https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=200779.

    • ianmac 7.1

      If you had watched QT today Baba, you would have seen just why that was a non story.

      • Baba Yaga 7.1.1

        I did watch it.

        Another day of Mallard covering for the inept Kelvin Davis (although Davis tried valiantly to avoid accountability by answering in TeReo at the speed of light).

        Then Andrew Little was made to look like a lemon by Mark Mitchell (in fact Little totally confused what he had said yesterday, and continues to make ridiculous claims about the current prison population, both of which I suspect will bite him next week).

        And I particularly like the way Shane Reti is setting up David Clark.

        What a shambles of a government this is.

    • Hanswurst 7.2

      Of greater concern is homelessness. And cancer. And global warming. Look over there!

      • Baba Yaga 7.2.1

        Oh I agree. Shame the government isn’t doing a blind bit of good to address any of those issues.

  8. While it may seem a little negligent, I wouldn’t get too excited,… its not a huge misdemeanor, and certainly he would have been listening and checking in. Back in the day it was common enough to ramble in quite tanked from Bellamy’s,… can we blame them though?

    Having to sit through hour after hour of verbal farting off before one got to cut to the chase and get to whats real…

    It was a game of solitaire which can be picked up and put down … it was not like it was something that completely absorbed his focus.

    Maybe he should have played a game of spacey’s with the volume turned up to maximum instead…

  9. ankerawshark 9

    Its not great, but I wouldn’t give it too much air time………………

  10. AsleepWhileWalking 10

    So what was happening in QT that he didn’t give a shit about? Social Securities Act rewrite?

    • LOL !

      Probably ! , but lets go easy on Gerry … I kind of like him for some reason 🙂

      Of all of those Nat scumbags ,… Gerry’s the most bumptious yet accident prone of the lot of them. Ugh,… the CH CH rebuild comes to mind… and an airport security door…

      But I notice he didn’t feature heavily in Dirty Politics … we can give him that credit…

  11. JohnSelway 11

    Let ye who hasn’t pissed around now and again at work cast the first stone.

    I’d be surprised if he was the only one who did such a thing.

  12. alwyn 12

    This reminds me of the time that Bob Jones ribbed Matiu Rata with a poster on Robert Jones House reading something like “Matt Rata reads comics”.
    Poor old Matt, a Labour MP for those less aged than myself, was spotted reading a comic in Parliament.

    He had a perfectly valid excuse. He had, during a break in proceedings, gone out to buy his kids their weekly quota of comics. He said he was merely checking out what sort of thing the comics his three children had chosen were publishing.
    He never quite got over it.
    Someone of the old school that I admired. Left Labour and started Mana Motuhake and worked tirelessly for the Maori land claims movement.

    • AB 12.1

      I remember it well, Alwyn.
      Sir Bob’s infantile racism doesn’t seem to have improved with time.

  13. Morrissey 13

    Brownlee? Deadwood. Waste of space. Useless. National.

  14. AB 14

    Even Gerry knows it’s all empty theatre. He is doing what he can to counter the iron grip of ennui.
    If he was smarter, he would do something else to pass the time. Perhaps read Montaigne’s essays, including this gem from On Presumption, and take some encouragement from it:

    “No mind is so feeble and brutish that some special faculty cannot be seen to shine in it.”

  15. The man speaketh , – and gets heckled…. mildly.

    Gerry Brownlee heckled during Christchurch debate – YouTube
    Video for gerry brownlee getting stroppy you tube▶ 4:46

  16. mary_a 16

    I’m from the time when I remember MPs reading the newspaper in the House, some I suspect doing cross word puzzles to give their brains a rest from proceedings. That’s if they weren’t having a snooze, which was also fairly common back then.

    The state of play has changed now somewhat through the introduction of digital technology. Can read the news and or play games online, without too much interruption. Haven’t seen much snoozing of late, but some MPs do look a bit zombie like at times in the House!

    I’m not a supporter of Gerry or Natz by any means at all. However I’m sure Gerry is quick minded enough to pick up on something going down in the House and would jump on it quick smart should he feel the need to.

    • Yeah , its a mountain out of a molehill scenario.

      Total piffle.

      Gerry ? , – you’re off the hook on this one.

      Next time do it properly and complete a crossword puzzle , for petes sakes…

  17. Incognito 17

    It’s not like he’s texting while driving a car, is it now? Only a really depraved character would do such a thing …

  18. Ken 18

    Lost interest in the job Gerry?

    Time to move on.

    • Nah. Keep him on. Him and Judith will make a great team.

      He can play solitaire and she can… read a newspaper…. hell ! , I dunno… check current Swamp Kauri prices or something.

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