Colin Espiner on Len Brown

Len Brown is running out of support.

Colin Espiner is the latest to abandon ship.

The bruised and battered corpse of Len Brown’s credibility was dragged into the Auckland Council chamber yesterday and given a damned good public thrashing.

He was labelled a cheat and a liar, a fornicator and a deceitful sleaze-merchant. A grubby, two-timing, duplicitous philanderer who had lost all credibility, trust and respect. And that was by his fellow councillors. A woman in a cowboy hat in the public gallery said much worse.

So did other protesters who heckled and harangued throughout yesterday’s censure vote.

The noise level at times drowned out the meeting’s acting chairwoman, deputy mayor Penny Hulse, who struggled to maintain order.

After giving up trying to quieten the protesters, Hulse tried a different tack: “Could we at least just have one interjection at a time?”

The anger in the room was palpable. Many were out for blood.

Even Hulse, a long-time Brown confidante, said she was “angry, disappointed and worn out”. Some councillors spoke in favour of the move to censure Brown. Some wanted a motion of no-confidence. A few seemed to think he should – or could – be sacked. Everyone wanted him to pay, financially if nothing else.

Nobody spoke in his favour

No one…not a single person.

Brown’s enemies are emboldened and even his best friends are fed up with him. There is still the whole matter of how much he repays ratepayers to sort out.

And the jeers and boos that now seem to accompany him everywhere he goes in public just seem to get louder.

The Brown affair and its aftermath has exposed an ugliness in the Auckland body politic that is not going to go away overnight.

Even if he has the best of intentions, the mayor appears not to see that. Or to realise that it is largely his fault.

Yesterday was billed by some media as “Judgment Day” for Brown. But it wasn’t really. That day has yet to come.

It is not going to ever go away. Len Brown thinks that the holiday break will let it all die down.

He is wrong.

During the holidays there is a news vacuum, and some one is going to fill it. Come the end of January the stench coming from the mayors office will be over-powering.


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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