Readers will know all about arts luvvie and Labour Party activist Vern Walsh. He is to troughing what Jesse Owens is to athletics, Mohammed Ali is to boxing, Sir Don Bradman is to cricket, and Babe Ruth is to baseball. A man with his snout so deeply in the trough, he’s made it all the way to Spain.
Vern is the chairman of the Auckland Council’s dodgy funding board that has cut funding to the Auckland rescue helicopter service by over $1,000,000 or 70% to give to Dame Rosanne Meo’s philharmonia.
He’s the guy who admitted to Sean Plunket that the board doesn’t have any criteria about what to fund and not. They just make it up as they go along. And they are careful not to have any register of what free arts tickets they get or their other troughing.
But Vern’s not content with just cutting the helicopter funding he controls. Now he’s trying to stop anyone else from funding the rescue helicopter either.
My deep-cover spies in the Mayor’s Office report that Vern has been making a nuisance of himself, hanging around the Ngati Whatua Room, ever since his councillors made him realise Aucklanders wouldn’t stand for their rescue helicopter being cut to fund more $85,000 arts junkets.
When the mayor managed to fit him in on Wednesday, Vern tried to tell him it would be illegal for the council to fund the rescue helicopter service. Not even Brown fell for that.
So it looks like Vern skulked off for a leak to the Horrid. Read more »