Pot, Kettle, Black

Don’t you just love whining wankers who get caught out. Colleen Brown and her pals are having a whinge.

COMPLAINTS of “widespread police involvement” in local body electioneering in Manurewa and Papakura are being investigated by the police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Inquiries into photos and comments by a police cadet and 11 sworn officers in Manurewa Action Team and Papakura First campaign tabloids have been sparked by complaints from incoming local board members Colleen Brown and Caroline Conroy.

The pair say the repeated mention of serving officers – including comments by district police chief Mike Bush – was a “calculated campaign” by the two political tickets to give the impression they were endorsed by the police.

“Implicitly or explicitly that is the story being sold to the public,” Mrs Brown says. “It’s use of the police brand.”

She and Ms Conroy believe that breaches the law requiring police to be impartial and neutral in elections and the police code of conduct.

“It’s like you’ve got the police endorsing one political party,” Mrs Brown says.

“Come the next general election are we going to see the police out with the National Party?”

Why is then that Colleen Brown went to so much trouble to have photos of herself and serving Police officers on her own website? (Screenshot below)

UPDATE: The police officer in the photo is Allan Shearer, he is Labour MP David Shearer’s brother.

Was she trying to give the impression that implicitly or explicitly that she was endorsed by the Police? I think the police can safely put that complaint in the bin now.

Colleen Brown with serving Police Officers

Colleen Brown and her team with serving Police Officers

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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.