McCarten confused by Len’s Ports omelette

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Matt McCarten is surely confused about the Ports Of Auckland debate.

He says it’s all about privatisation.

This is strange because the owner of POAL is the council. Len Brown and his motley majority are opposed to any kind of sell down.

So what is Matt saying?

That Len is a liar?
That Len isn’t really in control?
The the centre right C&R bloc with only 5/20 councillors is really in control?
That maybe Len is simply the acceptably goofy sales face of a reformist free market council?

No, Matt is mistaken. in fact, Len is simply carrying on the policies of the old ARC where their investments are being plundered to pay for the spending Len needs to win votes in his heartland areas. The Ports are going to get their pips squeezed to make some nice sugary Len-onande.

The difference is that Len is prepared to turn a blind eye to his leftist kin – the unions. His re-election through free pools and community grants is more important than the economic well being of the union that backed him.

And so, Len sacrifices his workers to ensure the Ports can pay the massive dividend needed by him. Oh sure, he says he supports both sides of the Ports dispute, but it’s pretty clear Len is only out to support one side- his own self.

He has handed huge amounts of power to his CEO, Doug McKay to make the Ports an economic performer again and deliver on his dividend targets. McKay just the other day famously referenced broken eggs and omelettes about his plans to fix the ports, that’s why the Ports are going to triumph over MUNZ. Len has let his officers rule the roost, betraying his union mates so he can get the suits to deliver for his coffers.

So it is Len that Matt should should be blaming, not the centre right.

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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.