World’s 7th best Mayor gives us a lesson in weasel words

Len Brown is, apparently, the world’s 7th top mayor, has given us a top-notch lesson in weasel words today, which probably goes a long to understanding just how he managed to get such a top placing.

Mr Brown said in a statement yesterday that legal costs had reduced since the 2010 amalgamation of councils. Prudent financial management across the Auckland Council organisation had also seen proposed rate increases fall for the third year in a row, the council’s international credit ratings upheld, and forecast savings and efficiencies of $1.7 billion across the 10 years of the current long-term plan.

Look at that…the legal costs for Watercare are a massive $10,000 per day, but legal costs across all of the city are supposedly down…and his rates hikes are described as falling…I mean WTF!

How on earth can you describe rates increases of the maximum, artificially and arbitrarily set 10% falling.

Pure weasel words. It is time we had some weasel stomping. 


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  • 4077th

    I’m with that dude who says Len Brown is a Fu****g C**t…Where are you?

    • Gazzaw

      He’s probably stuck for words right now 4077th.

  • ConwayCaptain

    If it had been done by an independent organisation and they did in depth investigation fair enough. But this was just a vote in on the net and Lying Len would have got evetryone he knew to vote for him.

  • ratesarerevolting

    Len Brown is a fucking cunt !!!

    • 4077th

      Ditto! I thought you would not be far away…well done.

  • cows4me

    Len is doing what the left voted him in for, redistribute wealth, just a pity it’s yours.

    • ConwayCaptain

      By the sound of it redistributing it to the Denizens of Shortland Street high rises.
      $30k pd to the like of Russel Mc Factory

      • Gazzaw

        A word to the wise CC. Until eighteen months ago my family had dealt with one of the ‘old name’ legal firms in Shortland St. It was just too difficult to move everything despite the occasions when I felt that we were being heftily rorted. I then had an instance where it was easier to use a provincial lawyer for a family estate issue and they were quite simply superb. No bullshit, reasonable fees and outstanding personal service. Communication is not an issue in this day and age and I have progressively moved our work over to them. Sure, if you have big corporate issues to deal with then you probably need to deal with the big CBD firms but with family stuff then the provincial people are just great value. Excellent at family trust work with their experience in dealing with rural clients.

        • Alex

          Sensible people take the same approach in Wellington: instruct one of the firms in the Hutt and not in CBD Wellington. Fraction of the cost. many times the service quality.

  • SJ00

    Brilliant.. we propose to put rates up by 30% but we will ‘only’ put them up by 10% and we are doing you a favor. We are so nice. Technically you have the best mayor in NZ as he came first out of all the NZ mayors in that list. Aucklanders voted him in, I couldn’t imagine a worse mayor.. *looks at Wade-Brown*.. ah crap.

  • Phar Lap

    Shadbolt for mine.

  • ConwayCaptain

    When I was doing Cargo Surveying I did work for a medium sized Ins Specialist Law Firm wna dwe were usually up against Russel McV.
    The number of times where RMcV stonewalled so that they couod charge omore and then cave in 24 hars before the case was due to be heard.
    One case should never have gone to court but RMcV said it was going and they lost.