Dry Your Eyes Brown, it's Politics

D'Oh Got caughtI attended the Manukau City Council meeting tonight and what a sorry bunch of apologists and sycophants there were lining up to cover Len Browns lying arse.

The Finance Director gave a lovely presentation about how robust the system of audits were, but he clearly hadn’t read my post today. Cr. Jami-Lee Ross then started excoriating Mr Foster. Question after question directed at Mr Foster proved the point that there were clearly rules for everyone else and rules for Len Brown.

So precise was the questioning that numerous Brown faction councillors tried to shut down the debate. The chairwoman had to intervene several times.

Cr. Ross bore in and we discovered another private expense troughed up on the council card, an extra night in Tokyo, after all the council staff had left for New Zealand. Len Brown had a cry about how tough it was for his wife to have to travel the next day and so they spent an extra night in Tokyo. He whined like it was Cr. Ross who was rude to even mention it. Poor Mrs Mayor, diddums.

One funny part was when Brown’s loyal sycophants sought to minimise the amounts spent and Cr. Quax pointed out that the Maor had received over S300,000 in salary in the same time.

The most red-faced the the Finance Director got was when Cr Ross produced two sets of documents that were released. Those that were released to the media last Friday, and those released yesterday to a select group of individuals. I have already highlighted this but it is important to note that the set of documents given to the media that were released as a result of a legitimate LGOIM Act request by media were in fact altered to remove details. Details that Cr. Ross was now pointing out to the meeting.

It is an outrage that the LGOIMA has been breached in such and egregious way and my understanding is that the Auditor-General has now become involved.

After questions Len Brown stood up and made an impassioned speech about how honest and full of integrity he is, clearly neither he nor his advisers had seen my post about the now infamous Volare function. Len Brown again referred to this night of troughing as a fund-raiser and supporting young local talent. These are very demonstrably lies now that the real events have been revealed.

Len Brown passionately said he would “NEVER” follow council rules with regard to spending. This has been shown by his repeated transgressions of the council’s policies and procedures. The man is unfit to lead a boy scout troop with such a blatent disregard to proper audit rules and requirements.

“If I have a weakness it is the fact I spend too much time being out there and not enough time in my office doing my administration.”

No. Len you have a weakness for TROUGHING!

The last bit that really had me looking in pity on Len Brown was when he spent the last five minutes of his speech blaming everything on a master conspiracy of the media, John Banks, Cr. Ross and Cr. Quax as if it was them that spent up large on the ratepayers and managed to make it look like his spending. It was shameful and pathetic. It was made more pathetic when he sat down and started crying like a baby. Pathetic.

Harden up man, it’s politics. If a little public scrutiny is too much for you then retire and plant lettuces or something. There is no room for sooks in this mans army.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.