Is Len Brown the Kris Fa'afoi of the North?

Len Brown is want to make all sorts of spurious claims, bizarre physical assaults on his own person and to lie like a flat fish when confronted with unpalatable truths from bloggers.

Today in the Herald on Sunday he makes an astonishing claim:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown caught the train from Britomart and spent the game seated next to All Black legend Graham Mourie.

“There were lots of people saying ‘Good job, Mr Mayor’,” he said, “and you had this sense of optimism in the crowd. At the ground, there is an outstanding presence of police and security who are highly visible.

“I’ve had major oversight of this Eden Park project to make sure everything is done right and I am very confident.”

Oh how nice, he sat next to Graham Mourie, I suppose that was better than sharing a corporate box with other assorted socialists. But it is the last line that is particularly annoying.

As Keeping Stock points out:

Oh really Len? The decision to upgrade Eden Park was finally taken in February 2007. At that point, Len Brown had yet to even be elected mayor of Manukau City, Helen Clark was still the Prime Minister, Dick Hubbard was the mayor of Auckland and the decision to create an Auckland supercity had not been reached.

For Len Brown to now claim Eden Park as his baby is, at the most charitable, grandstanding. He’s been the mayor of Auckland City for less than 10 months, and his input into the Eden Park redevlopment will have been, at the most, oversight of the finishing touches.

But that’s Len Brown. We can only wonder if he took the train TO Britomart as well as from Britomart to Eden Park, or whether he was driven.

Len lives in Manukau. It would have been a much smaller carbon footprint for him to drive straight to Eden Park from home and back again rather than use his driver to get him to Britomart and then home again afterwards. Then again Len Brown is not about saving the environment he is the classic case literally of style over substance.

Yet again Len Brown goes for style over substance, yet again Len Brown prefers to stretch the truth and claim other peoples work for his own.

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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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