Dying in a ditch for $810

Dying in a Ditch - Len BrownLen Brown is a walking carcass with the stench of illegitimacy hovering over him. Jonathan Marshall has dropped a nuclear bomb on his campaign tonight by revealing what this blog has said all along, that Len Brown’s “fundraiser” was in fact a nice night out for his birthday and the $810 was nothing more than troughing.

Brown has spun this $810 night out for 10 days solid as a “fundraiser” for a young and up and coming local entertainer. He said it on Breakfast, he said it on Campbell Live and he said it again last night at the council meeting. He hasn’t changed his story despite the evidence to the contrary.

Last night I spoke briefly to Conor Roberts, his Labour spokesperson, and told him to his face that Brown was dying in a ditch over this and it was stupid. Even then at 7pm, some two hours after I revealed the lie, Conor Roberts was sticking to the story.

Now Len Brown really does die in the ditch. The truth will out and he has painted himself into a corner, with his own paint and his own brush and Conor Roberts and David Lewis helped him.

His performance last night was nothing more than that, a performance. The chest thumping and face hitting and the tears were all for show. He lied to his council and he has lied to the public.

The alleged “fundraiser” was a private event, the singer wasn’t local, he was from the Gold Coast and he was paid a few hundred which he split with the pianist. Not only did Len Brown lie he now also looks like a tight fisted cheap-skate because his “fundraiser” netted the singer just a couple of hundred dollars for the night. Hardly worth exercising his vocal cords.

Len Brown is now a categorically proven liar, he should quit his campaign and he should resign as Mayor of Manukau. His Chief Executive should fall on his sword too for allowing this charade to be perpetrated.

There can be no other way to construe this $810 as anything other than a private function for the benefit of the restaurant with a paltry few hundred going to the singer and pianist. It is so far from a fundraiser as to now constitute a fraud against the ratepayers and the city.

Brown should hang his head in shame. For the life of me I cannot fathom why he has died in the ditch over this. Perhaps he has just shown us just how politically inept he really is?


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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