Some important questions councillors need to ask

The count has begun of those who support a no confidence motion against Len Brown. Yesterday afternoon the count was the 5 original proposers, but late last night I was able to ascertain a shift in support to them with the count close to a majority. Penny Hulse is reported to be set to attempt to block a no confidence motion, bizarrely trying to say it was outside of notice period. Given this is an extra-ordinary meeting that has been called that is certainly clutching at straws.

After watching both news channels showing grannies outraged enough to be protesting and screaming at the mayor, perhaps the wavering councillors will realise that it is now untenable to be supporting the mayor. They may think that they are immune to pressure as they have just been elected but they can be assured they are not.

Perhaps they are wavering? Then they should ask some questions in order, as the mayor says, to clarify issues.

Firstly though, as I said to Larry Williamd on NewstalkZB last night, they need to reject the premise of Len Brown that the rules are lacking in clarity. They are not. Len Brown is the person who brought the rules in after his election in 2010…he says to ensure clarity and transparency. He is also a lawyer so cannot claim that he was unaware of either the law or the rules. 

Then, if I were the councillors contemplating making a decision today about the future of Len Brown I’d for sure be asking for the attendance of the authors of the EY report to attend the meeting so that they can be questioned.

Then they can speak in a council meeting with the protection of qualified privilege.

Once I had them there I’d ask a few more questions.

  1. Did the mayoress really make the bookings as claimed by Mayor Brown on television?
  2. How were the majority of bookings made? Internet or phone?
  3. Did the mayor solicit any of the upgrades himself?
  4. Of all the room bookings, how many were for daytime and how many for at night?
  5. What other information came to light during the investigation that fell outside the scope?

That then would lead onto questions for the mayor to answer:

  1. Why would the mayor need to book a hotel room in the middle of the day?
  2. Wasn’t he supposed to be working for the city 24/7?
  3. Why did you solicit the upgrades yourself?
  4. Why did you answer differently to Campbell Live?
  5. Do you ever tell the truth?

Then I would call in his driver and ask him just one question:

  1. How many times have you driven the mayoral car to 14 Tawa Drive, North Harbour?

There are, as the mayor’s former mistress says, many more questions that are required to be asked of the mayor and answered by him with some honesty for once in his miserable life.

There are still questions remaining over the secret trip to Hong Kong and the breaches of the code of conduct. If the mayor of the city cannot and will not follow the rules then why should anyone else.

There is no longer any public support for the lame duck mayor, the main newspaper of record in the country has pulled support, and all other media outlets are now after the mayor.

The councillors need to realise that the ground has moved significantly and it is time now for Len Brown to go.

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