Why does Len Brown lie so much?


Yesterday on Firstline Len Brown was asked about the Ernst & Young report into his sordid actions. He said he hadn’t seen it yet.

That was a lie. It was a lie because this morning in the Herald by Bernard Orsman.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is taking advice as he ponders the first draft of an Ernst & Young report into a review of any use of council resources during his two-year affair with Bevan Chuang.

Mr Brown received a copy of the draft on Friday night and after a weekend in Rotorua, began consulting close advisers on Sunday and throughout yesterday. 

The mayor’s office refused to say what the draft report said. Only a handful of people have read it.

So he has had it since Friday that he has had the report, so why the lie on Firstline?

Insiders tell me the report is damning…but Brown is trying to play down the clock on the CEO who is standing resolute. They are all lawyered up and it is whispered that Simon Moore the Auckland Crown Prosecutor acting for Auckland CEO Doug McKay.

Duncan Garner is unimpressed too, slamming Len Brown on his show last night.

I’ll bet that Len Brown will try and brazen it out, even pulling out his famous line about him being under more scrutiny than Jesus Christ, said as he weaseled out of inappropriate spending while mayor of Manukau City.

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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.