Red Len shows his true colours

Len Brown, whose campaign was…well..brown…tried very assiduously to distance himself from the Labour Party. It was only once he was elected that the scales fell from his eyes and Labour and a desperate Phil Goff was able to embrace him and he them.

Yesterday saw any pretense of his inclusiveness fall completely away.

Union members yesterday turned in hope to Auckland mayor-elect Len Brown as they vowed to defeat the Government’s new industrial laws at next year’s election.

About 6000 workers, bused into the Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre from all over Auckland, roared twice – once when a message of support from Mr Brown was read out, and again when National Distribution Union secretary Robert Reid said Mr Brown’s victory showed National Prime Minister John Key was vulnerable.

He said Mr Key might have the numbers in Parliament to pass his controversial industrial law changes next month, but unions would not give up. “We will defeat this bill, nothing is surer!”

“If not today, we will defeat it tomorrow; if not tomorrow, we will defeat it on the streets, we will defeat it in the workplaces, we will defeat it next year when we throw this anti-union Government out.

“We defeated John Banks and got Len Brown in. In Wellington and Dunedin they also got rid of Tory mayors and got good pro-worker people in. We can win, we will win, we will throw this bill and this Government into the dustbin of history!”

He’s tacked far harder to the left than I thought. It is interesting that he appears to be ready to leap into industrial disputes. Perhaps the Labour party will use Brown as their proxy for criticisms of the govt for the next year.

Auckland City better get ready for a rocky ride as Red Len shows his true colours.

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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.