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.

RadioLive jumping the Supreme Court gun – transcript

RadioLive rushed their announcement of the Supreme Court ruling on asset sales and got it totally wrong. Here is the transcript:

RadioLive breaking news

And yes, just confirming that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of ther Maori Council, effectively calling a halt to the Government asset sales programme, until Maori water rights are recognised.

The Council took an appeal to the Supreme Court last year, after losing a High Court argument that the sale of Mighty River Power was a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.

So just repeating that breaking news, the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of ther Maori Council, effectively calling a halt to the Government asset sales programme, until Maori water rights are recognised.

Duncan Garner:

Well welcome back into the programme, thanks geoff, that is a massive story developing this afternoon which, ah, completely undermines the Government’s economic programme, you must remember that the Government was hoping to bank 5-7 billion dollars from the four state asset sales of those power companies, so this completely undermines the Government economic agenda and of course that surplus for 2014-15, a very very serious story for the Government indeed, and we will get reaction throughout the afternoon.Hopefully as well from the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English.

This goes to the heart of the Government’s credibility really on it’s economic programme so we will get an update on that throughout the afternoon. Cross shortly, very shortly to our Jessica Williams our political editor at the Supreme Court in Wellington.

Well, we can confirm the Supreme Court has ruled in the Maori Council’s favour, it means the asset sales are halted, but listen to Bill English when he was asked that question just a short time ago…

Plays back a recording of Bill English in Parliament.

All right, there you go, you heard Bill English, he does not have a plan B.

What is your view, are you pleased that the Government’s asset sales have been halted, stopped this afternoon by that decision in the Supreme Court.

I want your views on this, do you support or do you not asset sales in New Zealand.

I think it’s probably a good decision. There is so much uncertainty around this asset sales programme that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of ther Maori Council until water rights are sorted out.

I want your views, 3920 text me the key word islive or Garner@RadioLive.co.nz

Just in news to hand, we need to make a major correction, ah, to what has been reported earlier in the programme,.

The Supreme Court has indeed given the go ahead for the partial sale of state owned energy companies despite major opposition.

It has, and we can confirm this, there have been confused reports coming out of ther Supreme Courst, but this is the latest, it has dismissed the Maori Council’s challenge of the proposed sale of shares in the state owned power companies, it means that they will go ahead, the Crown has argued the sale of shares had no impact on water or the Crown’s treaty obligations, and Justice Shian, Chief Justice Dame Shian Elias says the proposed sale will not impair the Crown’s responsibilities to the Treaty of Waitangi.

It means that the asset sales will go ahead likely at the end of March, that is the timetable the Government wants to follow, so you need to discard what was those confusing reports earlier this hour.

This means that those asset sales will go ahead.

The confusion wasn’t on air, RadioLive was very clear with what it was saying, but their confusion of air led to an embarrassing mistake.

In the rush to get the news out they jumped the gun and got shot up the arse.



Audio at Whale Oil: The biggest media whoopsy in a long time