The Jesus Defence

Oh dear Aucklanders have a new Mad Mayor contender. Previously the Mad Mayor of North Shore, Andrew Williams, the Clown of Campbells Bay, had compared himself to Jesus Christ. Now it is Len Brown’s turn.

He said only Jesus Christ had withstood such a high level of scrutiny as him, and come out clean. If ratepayers demand that he identifies who he meets with, then he will quit as Manukau mayor.

Len-Brown-Jezuz-H-Chrizt-iz-juzt-like-me-but-with-a-few-less-nailzLooney Len built his own cross, then lay down on it and handed the nails to the press. It is an affront to all Christians, and Looney Len is supposed to be one to cast yourself as only the second person to walk this earth who is without sin. Unfortunately Looney Len has forgotten about the sin of pride. Comparing himself to the Son of God just lost him the Brown Christian vote in South Auckland.

Worse still though is his refusal to think that transparency is essential in local government. He says that if the ratepayers expect him to detail who he has meeting with then he will resign. Well this ratepayer says resign. I do expect that if the council pays for the meeting, that it is council business, then we can expect under the laws of this land and the rules of the council to know who was at that meeting. Looney Len is essentially saying that he is above the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

The council’s own rules require him to say who was at the Last Supper at Volare, and he should, the ratepayers through their council require it because that is what rules are for. No man is above the law. Except Len Brown. The Mastercard Messiah doesn’t want to tell us who was at the Last Supper, even Jesus did that.

And he has utterly refused to identify who he and mayoress Shan Inglis hosted at their table for an $810 fundraiser dinner at Volare restaurant in Manurewa.

He had good reasons for refusing to identify his guests, he said.

“It is against my principles. I am fighting back on what I believe are the key issues of this campaign and what people are vitally interested in.”

He shouted: “I clearly don’t give a damn about this stuff.”

“It’s critical for me as a point of basic principle as a leader and mayor of the city.

“I sit in this room. I don’t tell anybody I am having an interview with you today. It is between you and me. It is totally confidential.”

He said there was no requirement for him to disclose who he spent council money on.

“Transparency is not a perfect thing,” he added.

“Transparency doesn’t just happen in a perfect world. You have to measure that up against other significant principles and that’s what I’m doing and I will live or die on that.

“If people make a judgment and say, ‘we all agree you should tell everybody who you are seeing all the time’, then I’ll say, ‘that’s it – I am not the mayor any more’.

Truly bizarre behaviour, thinking talking to the Minger is confidential for a start and then saying that transparency shouldn’t be complete. That it’s ok to hide things from the people paying. To shout at a repeater that he doesn’t give a damn about this stuff just shows the man is clearly in the middle of a breakdown.

It might be against Looney Len’s principles to tell us who he shared a nice evening at the Opera with, but since the council paid for it and he has declared it as council business, it is the LAW that he tells us and the council’s policy that he do so as well. His principles don’t matter a single bit.

“If you ask me, do you have good office management around your credit card, clearly not brilliant but not worse than some, I can tell you. I am not running to be office manager.”

Right now Looney Len, isn’t even running a bath. The only thing he is running is a race to see who can be more ridiculous between him and Andrew Williams. Right now I think has a nose in front. All he would have to do now is take a leak on a tree outside the council offices and he is winner.

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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.

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