Under-fire Auckland mayor Len Brown has been accused of hypocrisy for living on a spacious lifestyle block outside the urban limit while pushing for a “quality compact city” full of small high-rise apartments.
The mayor lives on a bush-covered 6970 sq m (0.688ha/1.7 acre) property at Tiffany Close on the outskirts of Manukau, just outside the current Metropolitan Urban Limit (MUL).
His house is a spacious 406sq m and he has a pool in his backyard, for which resource consent was granted in October 2002.
The property was a bare section when Mr Brown bought it with his wife Shan Inglis in 1995 for $180,000.
It now has a rateable value of $1.2 million, including land value of $495,000 and improvements of $705,000.
Critics say the mayor’s housing choice shows he is not practicing what he preaches when it comes to high-density living. Read more »
The right wing stoolie in Len Brown’s office, James Bews-Hair, at it again. This time chief of staff Phil Wilson has seen fit to demote Glyn Jones, making way for a new media man for the Night-Mayor.
Dan Lambert has appeared. Not so well known around town as he is a recent import from the UK where he has been doing nifty and clever work for Bank of Scotland and trying cosy up to the Tories.
Looks like Len’s office takes another lurch to the right. Interesting too is how Dan came to the role. Could it be that he is a long time mate of Bews Hair? Did they plot together when Bews Hair was Goff’s SPS and Dan was Maharey’s spin doctor?
What will poor wee Glynn, the Mayor’s handbag holder, think of all this?
When will the patch war within Len’s office end and will Phil ever realise that, like Robertson to Shearer, some are much better at playing the long game than he is.
Phil and Glynn have belittled and victimised Bews Hair for too long; white anting always gets found out especially since Phil and Glynn aren’t very clever at it.
It is also understood that Bernard Orsman is especially bitter, wrongly believing that all his hard work down at the Herald on behalf of the mayor would richly rewarded. It looks like he will have to continue to attend local community board meetings for some time yet.
A couple of months ago I posted that the shadowy James Bews-Hair had been stitched up by the gaggle of gays and self-interested unionists. It seems that I under-estimated Bews-Hair. I’m told that getting people to underestimate him is one of his favourite tricks.
Just a few months ago I outed the night-mayors chief press secretary, Glyn Jones, for trying to feed me made-up dirt on his colleague, Bews-Hair. At the time, rather than being punished, it seems that Jones was rewarded. I predicted that Bews-Hair would be quietly plotting his revenge. It appears I was right on the money. Bews-Hair’s attention to detail when it comes to vindication is quite something to behold. Any member of the VRWC would be so proud.
First up was Glyn Jones little helper, Steve Boyd. Jones had handpicked Boyd, an ex-Chris Carter groupie, to bolster the gaggle in Len’s office. Part one of Bews-Hair’s revenge was to create a non-existent transport spin job back in the bowels of Council and shove Boyd sideways into it.
Gaggle & Unionists – nil v Bews-Hair 1.
I recently posted about how Bews-Hair engineered a job with his buddies at Todd Corp for Conor Roberts. While I hear that Bews-Hair racked up all sorts of favours with this manouvre, he also ridded the Mayor’s office of the left-wing influence that he had been battling against.
Gaggle & Unionists – nil v Bews-Hair 2.
And finally, the part that must have been most satisfying. I hear from the tip-line that the Mayor’s office is frantically looking for a new head spinner (slight problem, no-one is interested but that’s another story). A few enquiries and it appears that the vacancy resulted from Jones suffering a humiliating demotion. His new role will see him following lying Len around carrying his handbag and pooper scooper. From chief press secretary to wiping Len’s arse. A stroke of genius by Bews-Hair. As far as vindictiveness goes, this is clinical.
Gaggle and Unionists – Nil v Bews-Hair 3.
Len’s Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, must be wondering what exactly has happened. Actually it is pretty simple – this is the result of his own basic political incompetence and inexperience. Wilson rewarded Jones for attempting to shaft a colleague; a couple of months later and Bews-Hair slashed Wilson’s empire to tatters. With Roberts gone Bews-Hair is the only experienced political operative left in the office. Effectively Bews-Hair has made himself untouchable.
I have posted before about how Wilson doesn’t like or trust Bews-Hair. Thanks to Wilson’s own incompetence and political experience he is now in a powerless position. He must absolutely despise Bews-Hair now.
Well played Mr Bews-Hair.
Since I shone some serious sunlight on the political enigma that is James Bews-Hair, I have had many calls from people with chequebooks who want to find out a bit more about him so that they can take advantage of his cunning. My advice now is to get on the phone and talk to him. From what I hear he’ll probably take your call and you’ll get him angry and dirt cheap.
The reason? Simple. It has now become very clear just how much they hate him in the town hall.
Let me explain. A couple of weeks ago I outed the Night Mayor’s press secretary (Glyn Jones) for acts of political treachery against Bews-Hair. Glyn is not very smart. Like many, he should take note of my rules of politics. If you get caught out playing silly games (regardless of how much your intended target deserves it) then you deserve me highlighting your stupidity.
So despite being outed for attempting to use a right-wing blogger to fight a battle in a Left-wing political office, Jones is still in place doing a comedic impersonation of a media manager. I understand Jones even got rewarded with a week long, ratepayer funded holiday to Australia.
So why is Jones being rewarded for being a dumb cock, and Bews-Hair being hung out to dry. Again, with decent sources it all becomes very obvious. Let me explain:
- We already know that Len’s Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, doesn’t like or trust Bews-Hair and certainly feels threatened by Bews-Hair. Given the right opportunity Wilson would gladly send Bews-Hair on his way.
- It was Bews-Hair that turned Len (albeit briefly) into a seemingly sensible, union crusher in the Ports dispute. Problem is Bews-Hair’s so-called mate Conor Roberts (and others on the Left) hates Bews-Hair for taking Len down that sensible path.
- I understand that Jones has become the Mayor’s (and indeed the deputy Mayor, Phil Wilson and a host of councillors) newest gay accessory. He’s actually been quite clever and getting in the ear of all and sundry and using the ‘Chris Carter’ line of “I am being picked on because I am gay.”
From what I hear Bews-Hair is more than a little bit of a homophobe (which is slightly ironic but that is another story). From the tipline I have been advised that Bews-Hair finds the fag hag behaviour around Glyn Jones disgusting all round.
So it seems that like most of those endangered blokey right wingers in the Labour party Bews-Hair is also being strung up by the much talked about ‘gaggle of gays’ and self-interested unionists. Typical really. Jones gets caught out playing nasty games (and I continue to get stories via the tipline smearing Bews-Hair) and the target of all this gets punished for being vaguely competent.
If I have learned anything about Bews-Hair, he will be patiently plotting his revenge. But much more importantly, if you want Bews-Hair’s cunning at your disposal, make him an offer. My guess is you will get him dirt cheap.
Here is a word of warning to anyone who thinks they can get one over on me and use the Whale army to fight their own work battles for them.
For some reason I have had a number of people pedalling new “Bews-Hair stories” to me. I thought this was a bit curious so I had a bit of a look into why this was happening. It seems that the laughable character that is Len Brown’s press secretary, Glyn Jones, has decided that he doesn’t like all the attention that I have given Bews-Hair and has started trying to feed me new “dirt” – problem is he and his mates seem to be making it all up.
What they don’t realise is that I have a massive amount of info on Bews-Hair. I have used about half of it. The rest of it is personal stuff and stuff that he doesn’t deserve to have aired. He might be a cunning, devious bastard who should stop pretending to be a leftie, but he does seem to at least know how to get things done. Unlike Jones, who I understand is a total peacock… or may be just a cock.
So here is a message for Jones, his mates and their ilk. Do not waste my time pedalling stuff you are making up. Do not try and use this blog to fight the work battles you feel the need to play dirty to win. And finally, has it occurred to you that I might know a few things about you too, I just haven’t used it. I can use it if you want. For example, who is media training the NightMayor and what is the reason for your loyalty to him (and who in TV doesn’t know the real answer to that).
So, Glyn and your rather awkward accomplices, please stop wasting my time. Bews-Hair might be sneaky and underhand, kind of like the Mayor, but he is my play-thing not yours.
So how is it that Len Brown seems to have stumbled across a sensible position on something? He appears to be leaving the Port company to get on with much needed labour reform while getting rid of MUNZ once and for all. All the more curious given that the idiot pinkos that put him there are disgusted and outraged at their man’s behaviour.
Obviously ex-corporate hatchet-man CEO Doug McKay is egging him on, but with his bulging personal office there must be a political impetus to this. He must also be getting some rare sound advice. What is happening becomes pretty clear when you look at the key political figures that surround the night-Mayor.
His Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, is a long-time HR bureaucrat so could know a little bit about effective workplaces. He spent years, however, in the middle of all the awful nonsense that was Manukau City Council – so we can probably rule him out as being behind this.
Wilson’s 2IC is press secretary Glyn Jones. Jones is apparently too busy being a pompous loud mouth (in an attempt to hide his lack of understanding and ability) than having any time to have a sensible view on anything.
Which leaves the two political operatives – Conor Roberts and James Bews-Hair
Roberts is a hero and pin-up boy of the left, loved by the unions and is apparently appalled that the man he put in the Mayoralty isn’t saving the hapless MUNZ.
Bews-Hair on the other hand was from the (now non-existent) blokey right of the 1990′s Labour party and was the long time apologist for union crushing, family wrecking corporate, Sky City. Remember that is the same guy who had a hand in the sweet deal between Auckland City, the Government and Sky City.
Pretty obvious who is behind Len’s inexplicable bout of good sense. Which is great news for the Port and ratepayers, but will probably end up being very bad news for Bews-Hair.
This is causing one-hell of a feud in the Mayor’s office – the sort that can only be settled by someone being jettisoned. Roberts is the reason that Len is there, is heavily protected by almost everyone on the left (union thugs included) and he’s far too young and pretty to be put on gardening leave. So simply expect in the near future to see Bews-Hairs ill-health (which has seen him in and out of hospital) being used as an excuse for him to skulk off to return to shady lobbying for some dodgy cause.
We certainly won’t see Len suffering a repeat of sensible sound leadership. Instead it will be down to the campaigning skills of Roberts to save his incompetent boss.
Len Brown made lots of promises in order to get elected. So far he is disappointing on many fronts.
Once of his big brain-farts was to have “100 Programmes in 100 Days.” So far we are 3 days into the second month and only have had 3 previous items.
- Instruct council officials to do some paperwoirk for his trainset
- Clean the town hall windows
- Conduct a witch hunt for concerned citizens wanting higher levels of transparency and honesty than Len Brown is prepared to give.
Clearly he is falling woefully behind in his schedule, not surprising as he jetted off to Westport yesterday to afoist himself upon the poor unfortunates involved in the Pike River mining disaster. I mean haven’t the poor bastards suffered already without a pallid, secretive midget cringing up to them for a photo opportunity.
Thirty three days into his 100 days and we now know what the 4th big idea is.
Supercity Mayor Len Brown is considering broadcasts for Town Hall Telly.
Press secretary Glyn Jones – a former TVNZ news executive – said plans for broadcasts of Auckland Council meetings were in the formative stages.
The televising of meetings is part of Brown’s election promise to deliver progress on 100 Programmes in 100 Days.
It’s planned that the Town Hall Telly proposals – possibly including a trial – will be announced at a council meeting on December 16.
Parliament is televised on Freeview.
Jones said the new council represented 1.5 million people and the mayor was keen to promote inclusiveness and accessibility.
Len Brown really is a deluded twat. He wants to broadcast Council Meetings in the interests of “inclusiveness and accessibility, yet on the other hand he is conducting witch-hunts to discover the identity of honest citizens who have a much higher standard of honesty and transparency than him. Why does he not apply the sane standards he demands of CCOs and their meetings to his own meetings and committees.
Len Brown is proving very rapidly that he simply isn’t, wasn’t and won’t ever be up to the task of running Auckland. Where are the other 29 projects that he hasn’t announced? Are they secret too along with a great deal of his other work.