An email from a reader – Why I stopped voting for Len Brown

A reader emails:

A month or so after the 2010 local elections I was having coffee at a table on the footpath in Clarence Street in Devonport when a car pulled up at the kerb beside where I was sitting. I recognised Len Brown, recently elected Mayor, get out with his family.  As I sipped, I saw them walking up and down the street.

Later, when I finished, I walked into Victoria Road. As I turned the corner, in the distance, I saw Len standing alone by the kerb. His wife and daughter must be shopping I thought. He was looking round, a big grin on his face, appearing to be looking for someone to talk to.

So I walked up to him and introduced myself and explained I had been a member of the recently disestablished Devonport Community Board.  I then told him I thought he might like to know I was going to re-establish the original Devonport Borough Council (in exile!) to ensure Devonport still had a voice in the Supercity.  

Len was enthusiastic, smiling away and saying things like, “Community involvement, great, that’s what we want.”

That was it, end of conversation. I walk off.

However, around nine months later I was introduced to Len at a function. As we shook hands I mentioned that we had met before, in Devonport.

“Ah, yes,” said Len grinning, “you were standing there alone, like a spare dick at a wedding, so I took pity on you and went up and spoke to you.”

I was dumbstruck. It was a blatant lie, the complete opposite of what actually happened.

You greasy little prick, I thought. Why say that? It didn’t make any sense – unless it was to pump up his own ego, to make himself more important. Or to put me down.

Sorry Len, but that is when I decided you had no integrity, I lost respect for you, and I stopped voting for you.

Roger Brittenden

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