Port Politics causing ructions in the Mayors office

So how is it that Len Brown seems to have stumbled across a sensible position on something?  He appears to be leaving the Port company to get on with much needed labour reform while getting rid of MUNZ once and for all. All the more curious given that the idiot pinkos that put him there are disgusted and outraged at their man’s behaviour.

Obviously ex-corporate hatchet-man CEO Doug McKay is egging him on, but with his bulging personal office there must be a political impetus to this.  He must also be getting some rare sound advice. What is happening becomes pretty clear when you look at the key political figures that surround the night-Mayor.

His Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, is a long-time HR bureaucrat so could know a little bit about effective workplaces. He spent years, however, in the middle of all the awful nonsense that was Manukau City Council – so we can probably rule him out as being behind this.

Wilson’s 2IC is press secretary Glyn Jones. Jones is apparently too busy being a pompous loud mouth (in an attempt to hide his lack of understanding and ability) than having any time to have a sensible view on anything.

Which leaves the two political operatives – Conor Roberts and James Bews-Hair

Roberts is a hero and pin-up boy of the left, loved by the unions and is apparently appalled that the man he put in the Mayoralty isn’t saving the hapless MUNZ.

Bews-Hair on the other hand was from the (now non-existent) blokey right of the 1990’s Labour party and was the long time apologist for union crushing, family wrecking corporate, Sky City. Remember that is the same guy who had a hand in the sweet deal between Auckland City, the Government and Sky City.

Pretty obvious who is behind Len’s inexplicable bout of good sense. Which is great news for the Port and ratepayers, but will probably end up being very bad news for Bews-Hair.

This is causing one-hell of a feud in the Mayor’s office – the sort that can only be settled by someone being jettisoned. Roberts is the reason that Len is there, is heavily protected by almost everyone on the left (union thugs included) and he’s far too young and pretty to be put on gardening leave.  So simply expect in the near future to see Bews-Hairs ill-health (which has seen him in and out of hospital) being used as an excuse for him to skulk off to return to shady lobbying for some dodgy cause.

We certainly won’t see Len suffering a repeat of sensible sound leadership. Instead it will be down to the campaigning skills of Roberts to save his incompetent boss.

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