Holding Len to Account

Yesterday I had lunch with Gooner and Cactus Kate at Daikoku on the North Shore. A good mate of mine is the manager there. Anyway Cactus and I went for a stroll down the Mayoral Stagger Path and we came across a bus shelter with a sign up for Looney Len Brown.

On the weekend Len Brown said;

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’.

Len Brown lies again. Clause 5.1 of the council policy for use of the credit/purchase card specifically requires him to outline exactly who was in attendence at any meeting or otherwise that the card was used at. The card was used at Volare, it was paid for by the council, Len Brown and his lawyer wife say it was council business, therefore Len Brown is required to disclose who he was with.

He also states that if people make a judgment and say that he should tell who he is seeing then he will quit. Well this blogger takes Len Brown at his word, albeit that he is a proven liar. I have accordingly submitted a LGOIMA request asking precisely who was at that Volare dinner. So far it has been met with silence, it could hardly take a few minutes to jot down the names and respond.

If Len Brown doesn’t disclose the names by Friday, then he should resign, as he promised. If there are any other Manukau residents who feel the same, then drop me a line via the tipline and I’ll start a list of residents who think our Mayor should be accountable.

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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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