Len Brown from the perspective of the left

I am never going to agree with Danyl McLauchlan on most things political. But you can be assured that if Danyl and Malcolm Harbrow from No Right Turn and I agree on something then it is probably where most people are thinking things are at.

Danyl says:

So the first thing I do is put the whole Bevan Chuang, Cameron Slater, Luigi Wewege, John Palino, John Slater sleazefest to one side for a minute. Then get a bit of perspective by asking myself: Danyl? How would you feel if a right-wing politician secretly took $39,000* from a casino company to cheat on his wife while he was lobbying to have the law changed to benefit that casino company and then lied about it to the public?

Well, my reaction to that would be that the hypothetical right-wing politician was a disgusting, corrupt untrustworthy crook and that he’d disgraced his office and should resign. Which means – since I think politicians should be held to the same standard irrespective of their political allegiances – that I think Len Brown is disgusting, corrupt etc and should resign. That was pretty easy! 

Update: The amount of free hotel rooms received from Sky City was less than the report’s $39,000 total, and the actual value of the free hotel rooms is a subject for debate. But the substance is the same. Politician took freebies from casino while promoting a law change that would favor them, didn’t disclose it and then lied about it.

Precisely. Len Brown is a lame duck, lying, rooting, ratbag mayor.

Malcolm Harbrow says:

So, the report on Len Brown’s affair with a council staffer is out, revealing that he received free hotel rooms and upgrades worth nearly $40,000 which he did not declare as gifts.

I don’t care who Len Brown fucks, and I don’t really want to know. But I do care that he maintains basic standards of integrity in public office, and that means declaring all significant gifts. Particularly when those gifts come from organisations in a position to receive favours from him or the Council. Brown has failed in that basic task. He must resign.

John Banks is in court for allegedly failing to disclose donations…what is the difference here with Len Brown?


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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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