The Night-Mayor on Queen Street

Jock Anderson has an article online at NBR about a so-called rift that has developed in the newly formed council led by the Night-mayor Len Brown.

Normally I’m not one to hold back on giving the Mayor a well deserved slap but I think Jock Anderson may have jumped the shark a little on this one.

The award in 2007 is a very long bow to draw. I would be on Len’s side on that one. MCC only sponsor the awards, and he wasn’t mayor at the time. A very tenuous link in a messily written article.

Cameron Brewer seems to be taking over Jami-lee Ross’ role while he is working towards securing the National party’s nomination for Botany. He is new to the job as councillor so he hasn’t yet learned not to bash the staff. Wise heads tell me that you need the staff to help you out and that you only ever bash your opponents and leave the staff alone, unless of course there are exceptional circumstances, such as Leigh Auton and Dave Foster re:Len’s credit card.

Brewer though is probably right about senior management passing comment. But it’s not something to get all worked up about.

What is more interesting is who is leaking to the NBR?

I might be giving them too much credit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the mayoral office is trying to exert their influence by publicly making Doug McKay sound like a local government novice who should defer to the wisdom and enlightenment of the mayor by just shutting up. The standard liberal/progressive tactic of silencing opponents.


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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.

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