James Bews-Hair

Something doesn’t smell right with Len Brown’s dodgy trust arrangements

via 3news.co.nz

via 3news.co.nz

If we have learn’t anything about Len Brown it is that no matter how murky and dodgy things look, you can guarantee that the reality will be much worse.

At last a half decent bit of journalism by the MSM with the SST uncovering the Police investigation into Len’s secret fundraising Trust. But if they had dug any deeper they would have found that there is at least another entire layer of stench to this.

I have it from an impeccable source that in their investigation the Police have only investigated two of Brown’s people – Conor Roberts and James Bews-Hair.   Read more »

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 »

Len Brown should be ‘toast’ anyway, now he will be burnt toast

Len Brown and his office are as tricky as David Cunliffe. But as dumb as Labour in emailing information by mistake to the NZ Herald, who gleefully recount the embarrassing details.

I wonder what James Bews-Hair said when the rooting started! Toast? Roast?

Len Brown’s principal policy adviser James Bews-Hair says the Auckland Mayor will be “political toast” if the council’s credit rating is lowered.

In an email accidentally sent to the Herald, Mr Bews-Hair said the mayor’s office has been advised there is a risk the council’s credit rating will be downgraded.

The email was circulated to senior mayoral staff on Sunday following Herald inquiries about council debt, which has soared from $3.9 billion to a projected $7.4 billion in the first four years of Mr Brown’s mayoralty.

In a candid email to Mr Brown’s chief of staff Phil Wilson, head of communications Dan Lambert and chief press secretary Glyn Jones – and copied to the Herald – Mr Bews-Hair outlined the mayoral position on maintaining the council’s AA credit rating.

“We need to keep on using the KPI [key performance indicator] for debt that we set for ourselves in election policy – retaining our rating.

“If we do that right, that can become the basis on which we are judged.

“We are advised that there is a risk that we will be downgraded … frankly, though, if we get downgraded in an improving economic environment then we are political toast anyway,” said Mr Bews-Hair.  Read more »

A weapons grade knifing on its way for Phil Wilson

13-Web Photo - Phil Wilson

Is that a knife in your back Phil?

Seems like Phil Wilson’s very bad year just got a lot worse.  Last month I posted that Wilson had sacked Len Brown’s key political operative, James Bews-Hair.

That would have been dumb, but it turns out Wilson was even dumber. He tried to get rid of a political guy from a political office by using a convoluted restructure.

Bews-Hair is drenched in political experience and he is a rat cunning bastard. So it comes as no surprise that he did the numbers, lined up some of those people who owe him and brushed off Wilson’s aggression – Bews-Hair is in the Brown office for as long as he likes…or as long as Len lasts. Wilson is left with the impossible task of trying to find a way to make that work.

And that is when bad goes to awful for the blustering bully. Clearly Wilson knows nothing about politics so here is a bit of advice for free – never push ‘go’ on trying to shaft someone unless you know damn sure you are going to win. If you lose you become a sitting duck.  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 Bunker – Phil Wilson

As you can imagine the tipline has been very busy over the last few days.  Most information has been related to Len himself but after breaking the news of James Bews-Hair’s sacking yesterday I got a piece of information that I thought seriously about whether it is ok to publish.

I’ve decided the public need to understand the type of people that Len Brown surrounds himself with.

We already know that Phil Wilson, Len’s Chief of Staff, has used Bews-Hair as a scapegoat for Phil’s own incompetence and poor judgment.  It is pretty low to use another human being in such a way to mask their own stupid decision (more on that in the next few days).   Read more »

Public consultations over-rated

James Bews-Hair, one of Len Brown’s spin weasels is a master at setting up public consultation groups in an effort to show us all that Len Brown is an inclusive mayor listening to us all. The thinking is that you get all these consultative groups operating then you can come out and say that you’ve consulted with the public and the overwhelming response is…[insert preferred option].

In the C2C Journal however they slay this particular sacred cow with 8 reasons why public consultation is over rated.

Across Canada, public consultations are in style at City Hall. Such consultations are meant to build a greater sense of community and provide city planners with valuable insight into citizens’ thinking. They are seen to enhance the democratic process; some people love to share their opinions and want more of a say over what goes on in their city.

It is hard to be against public consultations. But just as fast-food burgers rarely measure up to the pictures in commercials, cities exaggerate the value of public consultations.

Same rationale as here. Now for the reasons.  Read more »

Changes in the Night-Mayor’s office

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.

Gaggle & Unionists Nil; Bews-Hair 3

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.

Roberts leaves Len’s office

The big news circulating Wellington and now Auckland is that Len Brown’s Chief Political Advisor and campaign supremo Conor Roberts has accepted a job as Corporate Affairs Manager for Todd Property Group.

This seems like a curious move however it seems to meet someone’s objectives on many levels:

First, the obvious line that Farrar has picked up on that Conor Roberts wants a political career.  He’s smart enough, or has a smart enough advisor, to realise that he needs some real world experience to balance his political experience. The Labour party is bereft of people who have connections with the business sector so it makes sense for Conor to go to a corporate, one that is headed by a right-winger like Evan Davies.  Conor is also ably assisted by James Bews-Hair who now seems to like Roberts so he will no doubt assist him in making the right sort of career moves, and hopefully get rid of some of Conor’s lofty, lefty belief system.

Second, this clears most of the left wing influence out of Len’s office.  Bews-Hair knows that moving Roberts into the Todd Property role also removes an impediment to good ol right wing sensibilities and influence.  While Farrar likes to think that Roberts is a right winger having been in Len’s office through the Maritime Union disputes the truth is Roberts has been wracked with guilt over what he did to his Labour comrades.

Third, Bews-Hair doesn’t have that many friends left in Labour so it will be very useful for him to have a rising star under his wing who is heavily indebted to him

Fourth, Evan Davies (head of Todd Property and former head of Sky City) is a good mate (and former boss) of Bews-Hair.  In Roberts, Davies gets a good political operator (albeit a bit of a wet one) and later a tame rising star.  That makes Davies indebted to Bews-Hair as well.  To be fair, Bews-Hair had to find a replacement for Sifa Taumoepeau who he took off Davies to install back into Sky City.

Fifth, Bews-Hair gets to enjoy the fun of having turned Auckland-based Corporate and Government Relations into his own personal chessboard.  There’s a fair few people who are now indebted to Bews-Hair for manouvreing them into useful positions.

The trade unions that Bews-Hair hates will be so confused by this move but there are plenty of others who will work it out.

Perhaps Hooton and i-Predict should run the long term odds on CR.  Pinko backs him to be the next Steven Joyce!  On the Left Conor Roberts is likely to be a future political power broker.  He is pretty useful in his own right and has the added bonus of his mate, James Bews-Hair, lurking in the shadows.