Simon Wilson is a hard left whinger from way back. Â He is the editor of Metro magazine.
Len Brown will soon resign. The governing body of the Auckland Council has been meeting since 10am, and itâ€™s still not over, and itâ€™s clear in the debate that the mayor has lost the support of most councillors. That will make it extremely difficult for him to do his job.
When he understands that â€“ and how longer could that possibly take? â€“ he will step down.
The council has two options in front of it. One is the much publicised proposal to pass a vote of no confidence in the mayor. That is destined to fail.
The other is a motion jointly proposed by deputy mayor Penny Hulse, formerly a Brown loyalist, and leading centre-right councillor Christine Fletcher. Their motion is the outcome of a five-hour informal meeting yesterday. It uses words like â€śprofound disappointment and disapprovalâ€ť, it censures the mayor, it calls on him to reimburse all personal costs and make an â€śappropriate contributionâ€ť to councilâ€™s other costs in relation to the affair. It also requires a â€śstronger working relationship and level of accountabilityâ€ť. Finally, it accepts Brownâ€™s apology and â€śsignals its willingness to work with the mayor in the best interests of the people of Aucklandâ€ť.
That motion will be carried.Â So why will Len Brown stand down?
In the current issue of the magazine, I have suggested that Brownâ€™s misdemeanours are not sufficiently serious to require resignation, but if he loses his ability to do his job, that changes. If he cannot lead the council, he needs to find the courage and grace to step aside.
Heâ€™s reached that stage. Â Read more »