Comment of the Day

Denis Krum, the councillor who gave Richard Northey the arse-card has some sensible things to say about Len Brown and the now long overdue report into his dodgy behaviour.

I have questions (still) regarding the Mayor’s conduct and the report that has been commissioned.

This topic has never been raised or addressed at any meeting (not one) by executive or governing body leadership. I can’t think of any other board I am on where an inquiry such as this would not be a topic of discussion. If it’s not discussed in the workplace, I will now discuss it here.

The time delay is unacceptable, and I sincerely hope there are no rate-payer dollars at work for the Mayor to take advice on the report’s (so far secret) findings.

I was elected as one of 20 ward Councillors to represent Auckland. We have a job to do and this is hanging over all our heads for too long. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask these questions. It’s unreasonable to ask the city to wait so long for the answers.  

What I want to know is why Len Brown is trying to keep the details of all his hotel bookings out of the report. Surely facts are facts.

The good thing is it appears that Doug McKay is not bowing to pressure.

Things sounds tense in the mayoral bunker…all those freebie nights in multiple hotels, none of them declared…can’t spin those away…clear breaches of Auckland Council Code of Conduct just like he did at Manukau.

I’ll bet his PR spin weasels are wishing they’d done what I suggested two months ago and water-boarded the mayor until he told the truth.

Unfortunately the truth is going to come out and we could be looking at a by-election in the new year.

Mind you Len Brown is know to dig in, and when you have lost absolutely everything else and all you have left is a job where you can;t show your face then maybe, just maybe that is worth fighting for. One thing is for sure, there will be no gongs or knighthoods or anything else other than complete ignominy for Len Brown which is all he deserves for showing a lack of humility.

He should have quit when the story first broke…then none of what is about to come out would have. Arrogance, hubris and lies have brought him undone.

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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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