A mistake calling it “a mistake”

Len Brown has called his affair “a mistake”, and is trying to keep it private. Some people support this approach. I have seen affairs excused as common and entirely private.

But there are others who see it differently, like these comments posted on Whale Oil.

Gordon Gibson:

It wasn’t just a brief, one off dalliance in the storeroom after the Christmas party, you know – everyone had too much to drink and all that…
It was two years-
That is straight out wanton and willfully extended slapping, however you add it up.

Some have pointed out that an extended deceit is a worrying trait in someone in such an important political position.

And it makes it so much harder to repair any marital damage – trust can be tenuous even in good relationships, but once broken – especially this badly – it can never the same again.


Oh geez babe…..that Chinese chick looked smoking hot and she was making eyes at me and I was soooo tired and……ya know……………one thing led to another and I lost my mind temporarily……don’t know what came over me, then all of a sudden I looked at my watch and two years had gone by and I thought………….uh oh……I’m really going to be in for it now……..

Brown probably is really “in for it now”, but we don’t know what his marital relationship was like. Hillary Clinton was willing to accommodate Bill being ‘a hard dog to keep on the porch’.

And this joke could hint at something that may not be uncommon amongst the ruling elite and the very well paid.

A husband and wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when this absolutely
stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open-mouthed kiss, then
says she’ll see him later and walks away.

The wife glares at her husband and says, “Who was that?”

“Oh,” replies the husband, “she’s my mistress.”

“Well, that’s the last straw,” says the wife. “I’ve had enough, I want a divorce!”

“I can understand that,” replies her husband, “but remember, if we get a divorce
it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no
more summers in Tuscany , no more Jaguar in the garage and no more yacht club.
No more credit card and large Bank accounts. But…. The decision is all yours.”

Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.

“Who’s that woman with Tony?” asks the wife.

“That’s his mistress,” says her husband.
“ours is prettier” says the wife

That doesn’t take into account the default 50/50 sharing of assets in relationship splits in New Zealand, but it’s likely that some partners of people with very good salaries and in power may be willing to make marital compromises many of us wouldn’t contemplate.

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  1. Darryl

     /  29th October 2013

    LOL. So true.

  2. Aha! a favourite subject: the morality of politics and the politics of morality


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