The excuses are pathetic

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I have just watched both news programmes and am sick to my stomach with the lying and excuses of troughing politicians. Nanaia Mahuta blamed a staff member, Chris Carter has too, Jim Anderton just troughed it up large. The other primary excuse used is the totally pathethic “didn’t have my own card on me” excuse.

I’m sorry but this voter just ain’t buying this tosh anymore. I’m actually starting admire Shane Jones for fessing up so completely and accepting his responsibility and not trying to lay the blame on some poor un-suspecting worker. “No Shame” Carter even now is trying to say a rub ‘n’ tug massage at the air-conditioned Raffles Cambodia is justifiable because of a 40C heat outside. Oh puuulease the lies are so shameful, any normal bloke would have had a cold shower, changed into casuals and gone to the bar for a beer, not got a massage (probably with a happy ending) from some Cambodian rent boy. Talk about taking advantage of third world workers.

Len Brown has also tried to pull a swifty by sneaking out his expenses hoping to creep under the radar with all his Labour mates being caught supping at the trough.

In his press release though he lies again. Well actually it was Conor “Sam Cash” Roberts who lied on Len’s behalf, but dollars to donuts if you want a statement out of Len Brown you will only get paid Labour hack David Lewis, the painting burner, chucking spin and lies back at you.

Manukau Mayor Len Brown has released full details of his credit card expenditure for his full term as mayor.

Recent focus has been on the previous 12 months – Mayor Brown has taken the step of releasing the full list of expenditure dating back to the beginning of this electoral term.

The only problem for Mayor Len Brown was that he hasn’t released full details, he has only released a summary. His press statement is a lie. But then like most Labour politicians these days we know that their first instinct when confronted with an issue is to lie. Thankfully we have more astute politicians that can smell a lie better than most. Len Brown has admitted pigging it out on Ham paid for by ratepayers.

Len Brown - TrougherHowever, Manukau City Councillors Jami-Lee Ross and Dick Quax say the release falls well short of full disclosure. The two councillors say Manukau ratepayers deserve a more detailed breakdown of spending and they will continue to push for full release of all transaction details.

“Since the initial report of Mr Brown’s spending, we have insisted that a full release of all mayoral spending is necessary for ratepayers to have confidence that Mr Brown has not abused his ratepayer-funded credit card,” says Mr Ross. “This release by Mr Brown’s mayoral campaign does not come close to full disclosure.”

Mr Ross, who chairs the Council’s Accountability and Performance Committee, says the full details of Mr Brown’s spending won’t be known until all receipts, invoices and lists of individuals benefiting from entertainment expenses are revealed. He says Mr Brown is required to submit those documents to justify his spending.

“The Council’s Purchasing Card Policy is very clear that all cardholders must provide receipts or invoices to support the transactions they have made.

“There are a multitude of transactions listed in Mr Brown’s summary that provide no indication of items actually purchased. Whilst he may have admitted four items of personal expenditure so far, without all supporting documentation we can not be sure there has been no additional personal spending,” says Mr Ross.

Len Brown is just another Labour trougher. He should fold up his campaign tent for Mayor and disappear with the rest of the thieving pick-pockets from the public purse.

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As far as I’m concerned if they are a scum list MP they should be fired forthwith. Len Brown should quit at the least for the sake of his heart and Labour should be investigated for fraud. I never thought that Andrew Williams could ever be made to look good, yet Len Brown has managed it, at least Andrew Williams pays for his own pig.


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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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