David Lewis

Bews-Hair vs Lewis – trouble in the Town Hall

As Labour’s next train wreck draws ever closer, here’s an angle that is worth keeping an eye on – a simmering, but growing feud between Auckland-based veteran political operatives, David Lewis and James Bews-Hair.

These two go back to the early-90s. They were on different sides of the broad church back then – Lewis a Clark loyalist and Bews-Hair donkey-deep with the likes of Phil Quin in the dirty tricks of the Moore/Goff camp. Despite this, they have always been as thick as thieves – until now that is.

I’m told things started to turn sour during the fallout from the Brown affair.

While Bews-Hair was quietly knifing people in the shadows, Lewis was strutting his prowess anywhere that would print it. To make it worse, Lewis promptly cut Brown adrift, whereas Bews-Hair continues to do his dirty work for him. Now things are about to get really nasty.

Labour will soon need a new leader, and just like the old days Lewis and Bews-Hair are going to be on different sides.   Read more »

Who is the mystery texter?

People keep on asking who the mystery texter was/is.

It doesn’t take long to get down to just two suspects, despite the ludicrous attempts by the left wing media and Len Brown’s spin to suggest otherwise.

The timeline makes the numbers who knew very small indeed.

I posted about “asian beauties” and just 30 minutes later the text threats started flowing.

So who could have/could have known at that point.

From my side, only Stephen Cook and myself…and it wasn’t us.   Read more »

Inside the Town Hall Bunker – The spin doctors fight

All is not well in the Mayor’s office.

As I’ve highlighted for months there has been a division within Len Brown’s office – between his closest political staffers.

For some time it had been Phil Wilson and Glyn Jones vs James Bews-Hair & Conor Roberts. Roberts had had enough so went off to Telecom via Todd property.

Throughout that time David Lewis was contracted to Len for various spin duties (while having limited other clients). Lewis chose to mostly keep out of the inner office workings mostly because he didn’t exactly get excited about the somewhat ‘provincial’ and ‘amateurish’ way Wilson ran the office and any conflict within it.

Then along came the sex scandal that engulfed the office and Lewis, being a fixer and spin doctor of phenomenal pedigree, was thrust into the workings of Len’s office.

It really is no surprise that a man who believes a spin doctor is never the story, always the client, would now be using a puff piece on himself to create some distance from Len.

Word has it that Lewis and Bews-Hair agreed with one appropriate way to manage the Len ‘situation’ while Wilson and Jones had another.  Read more »

Which of these is not like the other? [POLL]

One of these is not like the other. Who do you think it is?

  • David Lewis (61%, 177 Votes)
  • Glyn Jones (21%, 61 Votes)
  • Phil Wilson (18%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 292

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Protecting Brand Lewis, the spinner spins

David Lewis has suffered an interview with Michelle Hewitson…probably because his boss is still huddled under his desk afraid of his own shadow.

In his interview he continues to lay down the smears…but this time it is recorded and in a paper. He has lied, he knows he has lied and it will haunt him now because the words are his.

He knows, if not where the bodies are buried, what the bodies have been up to, and with whom. A senior political journalist said that he is the closest we have to a Malcolm Tucker, the sweary and powerful spin doctor from The Thick of It. “Except without the swearing and the power.” I told him this and he said: “It’s a good programme.” Does he take that as a compliment? “Ha, ha, It’s a very good programme.”

He sent a very sweary text message to RadioLive’s Duncan Garner: “Fckn hell Duncan. You’re feeding utter fckn bullshit.”

Garner, of course, put this on the station’s website. I was amazed he’d sent it. He appeared to have lost his cool, which is considerable and considered. He said: “We’ve sent blokey texts to each other for years … So I thought that I could send a text like that to Duncy and he’d understand.”  Read more »

How about these rules Len? Do these apply to you?

Under Section 41.4 of the Local Goverment Act, Len Brown was a JP during the time he conducted certain activities which he has neither confirmed nor denied, apart from the admittance of the affair itself.

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Len Brown says that the council code of ethics and code of conduct don’t apply to him? he thinks he is above every other mayor, councillor and community board member in the land in ignoring the code of conduct.

Well how about he explains his ethics and conduct to the Royal Federation of NZ Justices.

The good news about this approach is that the defensive shield he tries to use “private life” is null and void.   Read more »

Limits to muckraking?

Is Len Brown serious…he wants limits to muckraking?

So, Len Brown wants limits on how much of his dirty, scummy, ratbag life can be revealed to the public. Makes no mention of limiting his dirty, scummy, ratbag habits, just that of people to expose them.

The mayor of Auckland says there doesn’t seem to be any limit to some people delving into the private lives of public figures.

Len Brown’s in the middle of the aftermath of sleazy revelations of an affair with a 32 year-old woman.

The Council CEO is carrying out an audit into Mr Brown’s expenditure to confirm his claim he spent no public money on his private life.

Len Brown told Radio Tarana no public figure is perfect.

“No excuse for what’s happened which I have acknowledged but what that does say is there’s got to be some limits here and presently there seems to be no limit.”

But he says it’s time to move on.

“And so I think it’s critical that having gone through what I went through in terms of my private life last week that we get on with the public life of the business of Auckland.”

No Len Brown, there is no limit…if you carry on behaviour that wrecked your first marriage, not to mention the marriage of the woman you carried on with, if you think it is ok to cheat on your missus, give references to your mistress, appoint her to boards, treat the town hall as your personal bordello, entertain your mistress in free or cheaper accommodation booked off the back of your position as mayor…not to mention additional contracts and everything else that is coming under the spotlight …deserves to be swept under the carpet and well have to “move on” then there is something seriously wrong in your thought processes.

This is not a private matter as you keep claiming, as soon as you issued a reference for your mistress and appointed her to a job and run one up her in the town hall it became public. If it is such a private matter why the spin doctors dealing with it? …we pay for those via our rates…why are they dealing with a private matter?

It isn’t going away and you may have David Lewis feeding you the lines that worked so well for Helen Clark but we are not going to move on….it is you who should move on.

Still playing the blame game, look in the middle you sad pathetic little man. The only person to blame is you. Leave now while you still have some dignity….oh scratch that…you want to play it this way so be it.

There won’t be any limits while you sit int he big chair…I don’t do limits.

Why the full court press against Bevan Chuang?

Len Brown and his team of council paid spin weasels have relentlessly led the attacks against Bevan Chuang. From the outset there were threats and those threats have come to pass.

My media sources tell me that David Lewis has been front and centre in leading the charge to dish the dirt on Bevan Chuang. It wasn’t me or Stephen Cook who released her name and details or even published photos of her until yesterday. The photos we did publish were also none of the salacious ones currently being shown in other media. It was the NZ Herald that jumped in boots and all and published photos, including a 5 page spread on the whole saga. I’m also told they doubled their print run and delivered and sold many more papers on Wednesday than they have for a very long time.

In all my public appearances I haven’t said a bad word about Bevan Chuang…she is not the target in this, despite Len Brown’s team guided by the thoroughly nasty David Lewis throwing her under the bus.

But why did they do that…remember that Len Brown on Christmas Day 2012 told Bevan Chuang that he loved her…and generally signed off his text messages with kisses…so why would he do that?

Simple.

To stop the other women…and there are other women, there is more than enough info available now to be able to say that, to stop them coming forward.  Read more »

Rudd – a “bastard”, rude and dysfunctional

Now Kevin Rudd is powerless his former mates are going dog on him and slamming him openly in the media, describing him as dysfunction, rude and a “bastard”.

The former attorney-general Nicola Roxon has launched a scathing critique of the Rudd years, slamming former prime minister Kevin Rudd as a “bastard” who was a rude and dysfunctional leader and calling on him to quit politics.

“Removing Kevin was an act of political bastardry for sure. But this act of political bastardry was made possible only because Kevin had been such a bastard himself to so many people already,” she said on Wednesday evening.

But in giving the John Button lecture, Ms Roxon also acknowledged that while Labor did the right thing by getting rid of Mr Rudd in June 2010, the party did it in a clumsy way. “I think we had all the right reasons to act but I think we were clumsy and shortsighted in the way we did it.”   Read more »

Things getting testy in the Mayor’s office, abusing Duncan Garner now

Things must be getting very testy in the Mayor’s office today.

In the middle of Duncan Garner’s interview with Stephen Cook on Radio Live an abusive text was sent to Duncan Garner from David Lewis one of Len Brown’s nastier spin weasels. Trained and nurtured in the dark arts while in Helen Clark’s office this is how Len Brown’s office deals with media.

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