Why do Politicians Lie?

Len Brown is a TrougherIt isn’t so much the lies and the cheating that gets the politicians it is the excuses and the cover-ups and today we see len Brown caught by such an occurence.

Caught with his hand in the till, his first insticnt was to be silent, but when pressed for some reasoning behind his “borrowing ” of ratepayer funds for a “norty” with the missus, some groceries and a stereo system he had to lie.

He said an “administrative mistake” led to the Rendezvous Hotel booking being charged to his council credit card instead of his personal one. As well, when he bought the hi-fi system – it was “essential” to get it that day – he did not have his personal card with him.

Mr Brown could not recall the purchase of groceries at Foodtown Takanini, nor the event they were for, but accepted they were for personal use and reimbursed the council.

The lie is obvious, usually they are the best ones, but tell me a man alive today who has a wallet that doesn’t have his personal credit card in it but miraculously does have the council credit card. It isn’t like he has a rack of cards on his dresser and loads his wallet with the cards he thinks he will need that day.

He can’t profess to not know the rules, he is a lawyer. Len Brown has known this was going to come out since the day Jonathan Marshall asked him, along with other Auckland Mayors about their credit card expenses in relation to the drunken sot that runs the North Shore.

Now his Labour advisors, the painting burner David Lewis, and council funded flunky Conor Roberts are going to have to run more lies to cover the “borrowing” of all the money.

Labour’s paid bloggers at The Standard are trying desperately to bring Banksie into all this but they will fail on one basis. He doesn’t even have a Mayoral Credit Card.

“The people of Auckland are going to have to make some very big judgments quite soon about the person best qualified to lead the Super City and I pride myself on delivering affordable progress and being frugal with other people’s money,” he said.

Mr Banks said he had never had a credit card as mayor or when he was a National Party Cabinet minister.

“I just think they are such high risk and it leaves people open to temptation and abuse.

In the context of the Super City, if I get a run at the top job I certainly won’t have a credit card, nor will any other elected official.

No amount of spin or trying to blame this outrage on me or DPF can get away from the fact that Len Brown used the council paid credit card for personal expenses, Len Brown got his tame CEO to sign them off and Len Brown only paid the expenses back when sprung by the only real journalist this country seems to have.

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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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