Useless before and useless still

Christine Fletcher seems to have forgotten she was elected as a C&R councillor.

Citizens & Ratepayers co-leader Christine Fletcher says the centre-right group does not support an attempt by co-leader Jami-Lee Ross to have board appointments of council-controlled organisations discussed in public.

But Mrs Fletcher has refused to say whether she thinks Mr Ross is playing politics on the issue after he issued a press release which criticised appointments based on “long-standing friendships and political campaign connections”.

The issue has widened following online reports that two people with close links to Mayor Len Brown – former Manukau City Council chief executive Leigh Auton and former Manukau deputy mayor Gary Troup – would be appointed to CCO boards tomorrow.

Why ever not Christine? Why doesn’t C&R support open-ness and transparency? Why do you as a councillor like to keep secrets? What do you have to hide?

Of course Councillor Ross is playing politics, that is what he is paid to do, not play happy families and enable a veteran trougher and transparency dodger. If you conducted a straw poll on the streets I know that the results would back Councillor Ross’ stance almost 100%.

Christine Fletcher is a disgrace, a flake and now a patsy hack for Len Brown. She should be stripped of her leadership. Give it to George Wood.

On another note I hear the meeting, originally scheduled to be held tomorrow has now been cancelled by Len Brown. Not because of the outcry over his secrecy but because he is wanting to attend the National Service in Greymouth.

Frankly I’m not surprised, after all he is the new messiah of the left, and no one since Jesus has been persecuted more. Perhaps he will go down there and lay his hands on the entrance of the mine and the Clark 29 will raise themselves from the mine and walk free.


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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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