Censured, now go Len

Len Brown has been censured, unanimously.

Auckland councillors have unanimously voted to censure Len Brown.

The threat of censure against the city’s mayor was mooted earlier this week, as the fallout over his extra-marital affair with Bevan Chuang continues.

There’s been robust debate in the council chambers on the Ernst & Young report into Len Brown’s spending and conduct during his extra-marital affair.

But a group of Auckland councillors have failed in their bid to hold a vote of no confidence in Mayor Len Brown.

Councillor Cameron Brewer was one of the councillors behind the no confidence motion.

“It was an outrage that we couldn’t put a no confidence motion up today, because the chair ruled it was a double negative.

“So we’re going to have to vote against another motion just to show our disdain.” 

Len Brown should go. His council has censured him unanimously. He knows there is more to come out, he should go.

One of the Chinese newspapers in Auckland has this on their front page.

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Len Brown..He doesn’t know the meaning of the word Shame.

Denise Krum has shown herself to be made of much sterner stuff than some useless older hands like George Wood.

Len Brown has been facing some harsh criticism from the Auckland councillors during today’s discussions over his recent conduct.

Councillor Denise Krum says the mayor’s actions are causing the public to lose faith in its leaders.

“This is a classic case of the emperor has no clothes. The mayor needs to acknowledge what everyone else is seeing.”

Ms Krum says the council has worked too hard to simply hope the mayor won’t make the same mistakes again.

Len Brown always makes more mistakes. He never learns. He just laughs in the face of his ratepayers.

Cameron Brewer made a meaningful contribution. The Herald reported:

Councillor Cameron Brewer said the council had not asked Mr Brown for “full disclosure” of the affair and whether there were any other women involved.

Mr Brown needed to make a real contribution from his own back pocket, “for all the lawyers, for all the spin doctors …”.

It was not fair that the the suburban ratepayers of Auckland had to bear the brunt of that cost, Mr Brewer said.

“The mayor should stand down and that is our position,” Mr Brewer said.

The council did not need to suffer “more sleaze, more scandal, more carnage”, he said

“Sin city,” came a call from the public gallery.

Ratepayers would see that simply censuring Mr Brown as “a wet bus ticket”, Mr Brewer said.

“He needs to go because he can no longer credibly turn up to Wellington and thump his hand on the desk [and ask for more money for transport projects from central government].

“For the best interests of Auckland, he now needs to go.”


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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