Len Brown promises to implement his failures

Len Brown is promising once again to open up all the swimming pools  to everyone free of charge.

Of course it won’t really be free…ratepayers will have to stump up for the costs through a combination of increased rates and borrowing.

Bernard Orsman points out the things Len Brown is willing to pay for and the things he is refusing to tackle.

Free swimming pool entry is among the mayor’s 10 main policy commitments.

Most of the policies have been announced, including making a start on the $2.86 billion city rail link by 2016, addressing housing affordability and a commitment to support paying a “living wage” for council staff and contractors if a review found it was feasible and affordable.  

Not on his priority list is reining in the huge salaries of council executives, dealing with a blowout in the wages bill and tackling debt, which has risen from $3.9 billion to $6.7 billion in his first three budgets – and is forecast to increase to $8.75 billion over the next three years.

Len Brown has increased rates massively, reduced services to those paying the most in rates and is still chucking lolly at the expense of the long suffering ratepayer.

The Super City was supposed to deliver savings instead it has delivered more expensive empire building, increased borrowing, and more city fat cat officers.

From the turnout figures, who ever wins tomorrow cannot claim to have a mandate for anything, with less than a 50% turnout and the winner not likely to gather 50% of the 50% all these local body elections show is that our city is so broken that people can’t even be bothered voting to fix it.

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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.