Looney Len still spinning Looney Tunes

Looney Len Brown has never had a worse week, except perhaps when his heart stopped working. Far from it being so VRW conspiracy to embarrass him all his problems are by his own hand, in the form of mis-use of a credit card and then from his own mouth by first obfuscating, then denying then lying and finally refusing to follow council rules regarding spending.

It is then no surprise that the liberal left are abandoning him in the face of his Labour paid spin.

Firstly 4 prominent maori call bullshit on his face slapping madness. Significantly one is Willie Jackson who just a few days ago was defending Looney Len on TV3;

“The spin about it being a Maori gesture is rubbish. I’ve never heard anything like it.”

Jackson said Brown’s team had made a poor decision in claiming a cultural element to the antics.

“I don’t know what the hell they were talking about, having been a Maori every day of my life,” Jackson said. “Len needs to harden up or he’s going to gift this campaign to John Banks.

“This campaign was his to lose and he’s doing a good job of that.”

Willie Jackson is right. Looney Len simply can’t handle the pressure. Bizarrely he thinks that this is ll part of some smear campaign. That excuse won’t wash. If he simply followed council rules, rules he signed, and as a lawyer he knows what that means then he wouldn’t be under the microscope at all.

Even Kerre Woodham has lost confidence in Looney Len;

Just when I didn’t think things could get any worse for Len Brown, he goes and does it again.

And before his fans leap up and down and say I’m part of some spooky right-wing conspiracy, I’m not.

He had my vote before the events of the last couple of weeks. Not for any particularly compelling reason. I just thought that if we had a centre-right government, it balanced things up a bit to have a centre-left mayor.

Bit flimsy, I know, but given the calibre of the candidates, that was the best I could do.

Now all bets are off. First there were the credit card irregularities. I could just about overlook that as it seems a vast majority of our elected officials have difficulty in working out the difference between a work expense and household shopping.

Then came the claims of persecution and the protestations of being victimised. That was unattractive, but what really turned me off was the performance Brown gave to the Manukau City Council on Tuesday night.

I was there and it was bizarre, worse when he sat down and literally cried. It was pathetic to watch then and pathetic to think about now. Basically Looney Len is dying in the ditch over a $810 dinner that was never a fundraiser, always a family celebration, in more ways than one, but Loony Len just will not admit the truth.

Could it be any wore for Looney Len? Well yes it could, Matt McCarten could give him a spanking. Oh wait….

This brings me to the parallel universe of local government politics in which Labour Party-backed mayoral hopeful Len Brown has credit card problems of his own.

His use was careless at best and, as many Aucklanders don’t know much about him, his misuse will worry them. But it was his response, like Carter’s, which is more revealing.

The cutting up of his credit card on television was a cheap stunt. Was he saying he can’t be trusted with a credit card to do his job?

His explanation on why he used his card to buy personal items was because his wife had their joint card raises more concerns. Everyone knows couples can get a card each on joint accounts.

It’s good he apologised but his emotional presentation to his council was disturbing. His opponents can’t believe their luck and are predictably using it as evidence Brown is unstable and loose with ratepayers’ money.

I said a few weeks ago in this column that the Supercity mayoralty was Brown’s to lose. The credit card misuse and his theatrical apology won’t derail Brown’s campaign.

But it will raise questions by some about his suitability for the top job.

Brown has had a dream run and was sleepwalking to victory. This changed this week.

The new Auckland mayoral race is now wide open – as is Chris Carter’s seat. As they say, a week is a long time in politics.

Until Len Brown stops lying he will go down, and I won’t stop kicking him until he stops lying. I know and he knows that the $810 dinner at Volare wasn’t a fundraiser, I know and he knows who was at his table, and i know and he knows what they were really celebrating. Best Loony Len comes clean or he goes down in a crap pile of his own making.

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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.