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Stanhope finally accepts Aidan Bruford’s resignation, third time is a charm.

By johnboy - 18 April 2005 34

ABC TV News have just reported that our Chief Minister has finally accepted the resignation of his adviser Aidan Bruford.

Our initial coverage of his was recorded here, followed up here, and prompted an arts and crafts project here.

I can’t say I take much joy from this. I’m just immensely saddened that our Chief Minister thought this was something he was above, something that he could, or even should, try to brazen out.

Having been caught doing something stupid, it’s a tragedy Aidan Bruford has been forced to attempt to resign three times and go through this extended ridicule, because of his boss’s arrogance.

ABC Online have the story here.

[ED – The Canberra Times has more here. Zed Seselja is making the point that the vast majority of youth are not public vandals so the youth argument on this is unfair to young people throughout the city (not to mention a bizarre defence for an adviser to a Chief Minister)]

[ED – ABC Online is now reporting that the Chief Minister thinks “the community” has a double standard on this issue.]

[ED – Mr Stanhope has now put out a media release, complete with Aidan’s letter of resignation.]

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34 Responses to
Stanhope finally accepts Aidan Bruford’s resignation, third time is a charm.
johnboy 7:36 am 19 Apr 05

As VG says there’s a difference between a crime and a misdemeanour. it’s the difference between keeping a publicly funded job and losing it.

Also this is a local government, local issues are ALL that should matter to it.

That our Chief Minister doesn’t much care for local issues, nor the property of small businesess owners, is certainly a problem. He’d make a great member of parliament for this town.

As for the T-shirts? that’d be great. I’d buy one!

(even if I do reckon it’d sell better if you added our stencil to the mix)

vg 1:29 am 19 Apr 05

by not taking the appropriate action (accepting the resignation), any condemnation wasnt worth the oxygen expended to make it

‘Jaywalking’ is an American offence, and in any case a ‘traffic’ offence. Wilfully marking a premises is a criminal offence, not to mention something incredibly juvenile for an ‘advisor’ to the CM

Anonymous 1:10 am 19 Apr 05

Hey VG, Stanhope did condemn the actions, he just didn’t want to fire anyone.

Anonymous 1:08 am 19 Apr 05

J walking isn’t legal either, that doesn’t mean anyone should lose their job over it. This town (and even more so this site) spent a lot of time worrying about something so piss weak as a little graph. Get over yourselves people it’s not actually all that important.

That being said I can imagine some t-shirts with the stencil on them would sell rather well at Gorman House Markets.

vg 12:49 am 19 Apr 05

it was not so much the act, rather the glorious double standards. a staffer committed a criminal act, and his boss did nothing to condemn it, despite the clear need to do so.

silly man should have realised the consequences of his actions. myself and countless others have little sympathy for him.

LurkerGal 10:44 pm 18 Apr 05

Honey?

johnboy 10:44 pm 18 Apr 05

blue tack, cutting surface, printer, beer, spray paint,

you want more?

OK then, give us more and we’ll run it.

Kerces 10:41 pm 18 Apr 05

That was an arts and crafts project??
K

johnboy 10:26 pm 18 Apr 05

well that creaking sound is hell freezing over 😉

thanks Hack.

LG, no two inteligent people should ever agree on every issue.

but this issue, for me, and for everyone who I spoke to about it, was not about party politics.

Lord knows I’ve done stupid things which, if i’d been caught, should have cost me my job.

But that doesn’t mean that, if caught, I wouldn’t have offered my resignation.

As did Aidan.

It was Mr. Stanhope who felt the rules did not apply to him, and chose to make this a soap opera.

The Hack 10:16 pm 18 Apr 05

Jesus, LurkerGal. Politics and criminal acts just don’t mix, honey. It shouldn’t have taken as long as it has for Stanhope to dump his arse.

LurkerGal 10:13 pm 18 Apr 05

Seemed like piousness from some. For some reason the whole thread got under my skin like very few others.

johnboy 10:05 pm 18 Apr 05

it was never about piousness.

it was about the fundamentals on which our society is built.

and I know a number of hard working ALP members who felt the same way.

I’d guess it was their opinion that moved this decision rather than my own howling at the moon.

which does not mean i intend to stop howling when the moon is full.

LurkerGal 9:56 pm 18 Apr 05

It shouldn’t have come to over 40 comments from people of varying levels of piousness, that’s for sure.

johnboy 9:48 pm 18 Apr 05

I can’t say I take much joy from this. I’m just immensely saddened that our Chief Minister thought this was something he was above, something that he could, or even should, try to brazen out.

I do feel somewhat vindicated I suppose.

I wish I hadn’t had to paint on a friends wall to make the point.

I’m glad my friend felt strongly enough in agreement to let me.

This was a simple issue, it shouldn’t have come to this.

LurkerGal 9:44 pm 18 Apr 05

Happy now guys?

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