Brian Edwards on fallen haloes

My good friend (perhaps not as good as I thought, since he slams me in his post) Brian Edwards talks about fallen haloes.

He makes a very good point even if he does give me a tickle up on the way through.

I don’t like [Brown] either. It’s the gut again.

Some of my dislike may be put down to prejudice and should properly be discounted. He’s a god-botherer who wears his religious faith on his sleeve and I have very little time for that. He talks a lot and is not averse to  talking himself up. Much of his conversation with John Campbell last night was talking himself up: Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa… but I’ve been a bloody great mayor.

His reasoning seemed to desert him on the topic of whether, in the light of the revelations about his two-year-affair with Bevan Chuang,  he should resign: Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa…  but by a substantial majority the people of Auckland re-elected me because I’d been a bloody good mayor.

He probably was and they probably did. But it’s also true that those electors didn’t have the full facts about Len Brown or about his character when they cast their votes.

Brown’s greatest difficulty now is to reconcile the almost saintly image which he has cultivated of himself with the sordid reality of his two-year affair. For that he must thank his former mistress who has been at pains to provide as detailed an account of their trysts as the mainstream media would be prepared to publish. The book cannot be far away.

Shane Jones might well survive such a scandal thanks to the ‘bad boy’ image which he seems delighted  to embrace. His reputation might even be enhanced. Think of John F Kennedy or Bill Clinton. Poor Len Brown is condemned by the now tarnished halo above his head. For that reason alone I think it will be impossible for him to keep his job.


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  • patrickstarr

    Shane Jones survived because the asian porn movies cant be interviewed

  • OhopeBeachBugger

    From Brian’s rather good piece: Several decades ago the late Mike Bungay QC gave me this advice: “The only failsafe way for someone in the public eye to avoid damaging exposure is never to do anything wrong.”

    The misdeed is NOT getting caught, it is the ACT itself. Pollys (and everyone else, like that insufferable twit Meg) would do well to remember that.

    • Rex Widerstrom

      It’s not the act, nor the getting caught (unless you’re murdering babies) but the lying.

      There are 3 simple rules I tell clients in crisis communications training:
      1. Always tell the truth.
      2. If you genuinely don’t know the answer, say so, don’t make shit up. And give the questioner a deadline by which you’ll get back to them with an answer or at least a further deadline – and stick to it.
      3. Even “no comment” is better than a lie.

      WO has beautifully caught Brown out lying about not having influenced Chuang’s career. Up till that point I’d thought it might conceivably be survivable – misuse of public money, hypocrisy and all.

      But once you’re caught in a lie, start typing your resignation.

      • OhopeBeachBugger

        Tend to agree, but even if Lyin Lennie is perfectly honest from here on it (ah yeah sure) his goose is still cooked…because of what he done.

  • Agent BallSack
    • Muffin

      and he thinks he can stay on as mayor… might be better going to work for the chows in some sort of promotional capacity.

      • Agent BallSack

        How much disrepute has he brought on what is essentially the second most important job in the country? His stones may not work but he has a gall bladder the size of Italy.

  • DLNZ

    From the Herald website just now….

    • andrew carrot

      Too much! And the Horrids sub editors may struggle to change the list as it’s automatically generated.

      • Bunswalla

        Yeah but to be fair that 2-ball innings was bloody hilarious. I can’t say it’s the worst ever though – perhaps if he’d also run out his partner without facing a ball it would have qualified.

  • Monito

    Len Brown ain’t Kennedy or Clinton he is simply a pitiful, sexually unbalanced religious nut who must stand down – he cannot be trusted if he stoops to the of antics antics he has been involved with in the council office. Can’t be trusted. I am surprised that John Key is supporting Len Brown as I can’t ever see him condoning this kind of behaviour? and Barack Obama would be one of the few presidents who has kept it in the family.

    • philbest

      Anyone who claims to believe in the Christian God AND is a Greenie, is all screwed up in their morality anyway. Environmentalism is a neo-pagan faith filling a post-christian vacuum. Check out “The Historic Roots of the Ecological Crisis” by the radial environmentalist Lyn White; which blames Christianity for changing everyone’s thinking, devaluing sacred nature into mere resources for mankind and hence causing all this dreadful civilisational progress.

  • Agent BallSack

    From the Herald 10am.

  • LesleyNZ

    I thank Whaleoil, a blog that is prepared to tell the truth – no matter how contemptible Brian Edwards finds it to be. Truth isn’t nice at times. Mainstream media on Have any MSM published the detail of this sordid affair? There was a bit on telly. Most who defend Len think it was just a passing fancy and lots do it these days in any case. It was lot more than that. Len Brown would have carried on in his merry way as Mayor – knowing for the past 2 years he has been deceitful to his wife, children and to us ratepayers. Question is, if he had not been caught out would he have ever fessed up? My mum used to say to us kids – “Be sure your sins will find you out”. It is true.
    As for Bill Clinton…… cos he was good looking all was forgiven which shows you fickle and empty headed some are.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Funny how Edwards blames you Cam. There is only one person to blame and that is Brown himself. It reminds me of my job a few years ago as a Traffic Cop. A few people whom I processed for DIC would say to me and other cops ” You have just cost me my job”. Never mind the fact that they were driving on the road pissed and putting others at risk, it was always my fault.