With the news that John Key supports the action of his Loal Government Minister in getting the Audtor-General to look into the murky dealings at the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust, which runs the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, we now have another Brown campaign person sticking his oar in and raising his head above the parapet.
The spin and lies that are pouring out of the Brown camp just raise more questions than they are supposed to be hosing down.
Trust chief executive Richard Jeffery last night denied that the trust was a council-controlled entity.
“We are a community charitable trust,” he said.
Yeah, well the facts say otherwise Richard, and anyway you owe Lenny big time for that cushy job you landed. Good journalists would ask Richard Jeffery to produce evidence to counter the evidence I published as to the legal status of the Trust.
Trust chairman Sir Noel Robinson said no costs were incurred or revenue lost by providing Mr Brown’s campaign with billboard space, which his board had made a decision to provide free to any mayoral candidate who approached it.
“As a trust we support the democratic process and are more than happy for candidates to use the billboard as long as it doesn’t interfere with our business and that we incur no cost,” Sir Noel said.
“A legal opinion said we are well within our right to do so.”
Oh! Lookie, another Brown supporter sticking up for their shonky process and dodgy practices. I wonder if Sir Noel Robinson told the reporter that the Woolf Fisher Trust of which Sir Noel Robinson is chairman of also donated to Len Brown’s 2007 campaign. I bet he didn’t. The number of people associated with or involved Len Brown’s campaign team that were either employed or controlling the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust is astounding.
I also bet that that some hasty retrospective minutes are being drafted right now to support the lie that they were happy for other candidates to use the billboard. I wonder too if they will produce the letters communicating their decision to other mayoral candidates to use the billboard or was this another secret decision that was only passed onto Len Brown so he could take advantage of it.
I note that they have rapidly obtained a legal opinion. I wonder perhaps if that was from the pallid, little man masquerading as Mayor, or perhaps his missus.
The Night-Mayor, Len Brown, says he is unconcerned by the investigation. I’ll bet he is. He has the Chairman of the trust deep in his anonymous pockets, he has the CEO of the Trust paid off and he has David Lewis bullying editors and spinning out-right lies just like he did for Helen Clark.
The only problem with the Night-Mayor’s unconcern is that I’m all over him and his dodgy dealings and I’ll tell the truth about Len Borwn even if he won’t. In fact I think I might ask for some billboard space at Manukau to do just that.