Aaron Gilmore is in good company. The last time we saw a feeding frenzy like this it was about something Paul Henry said, and before that something John Banks said, and before that something Alasdair Thompson said, and before that something Paul Holmes said, and between and before that…
In the economics twitterverse there’s a feeding frenzy going on at the moment about something historian Niall Ferguson said. In Arizona there’s outrage about a school holding a “Redneck Day.” In Europe there’s outrage that a Turkish airline has banned its trolly dollies from wearing red lipstick.
There’s always oafish comments and behaviour about somewhere, and always a feeding frenzy going on amongst those easily offended by oafishness and too busy minding other people’s business.
“Resign, resign, resign,” say folk with no stake in the argument, nor any standing with which to call for resignation. “Outrageous!” say people who wouldn’t have known about the oafishness if their friends hadn’t emailed them with the invitation to be outraged. “How dare he!” say the virtuously self-anointed wallowing in an orgy of self-righteousness.
Yes, Aaron Gilmore is a dickhead. Yes, he’s an MP. But there are 121 MPs in Parliament, and by my count there are 121 of them who are dickheads.
There are a lot more important things about on which to engage than a backbencher opening his mouth to prove it.