Len’s spin weasels still in operation

This morning in the Herald, the Gurnard continues the ham-fisted attack on Cameron Brewer rather than continue to hold Len Brown to account.

The councillor caught out on a junket to the Gold Coast declared the trip to officials – but concedes he may have done so after a call from a journalist.

Caught out? Really…top spin there from The Gurnard, has he taken over from Orsman as the Herald’s embedded journalist int he mayor’s office?

But Cameron Brewer said his declaration wasn’t prompted by a call from Herald media specialist John Drinnan. Instead, he said it was a council official’s email that raised concerns about his free flights and accommodation.

Mr Brewer’s stand against Auckland Mayor Len Brown was brought up short when he was exposed as not having declared the August 2011 trip to Australia.

Caught out? Exposed? Uhmmm not, declared, but hey let’s not any facts get in the way.

On Sunday, Mr Brewer revealed he had actually declared the trip but only for the council’s gifts register and not the Register of Members’ Interests.

The declaration was made at 11.30am on September 8, 2011, recorded in an email sent a day before Drinnan revealed it in his weekly media column. On September 9, 2011, Drinnan reported: “Brewer says he declared the trip as a gift.”

Drinnan said he called Mr Brewer either the day before the column ran or two days before.  

Oh look it was intrepid seat warmer John Drinnan that flushed it all out…apparently.

Riiight…talk about mangling the facts.

How about this for what this article really says.

Len Brown’s spin weasels are still operating in defence of the mayor despite the fact he is in hiding on holiday. David Lewis would have spent a reasonable amount of time getting in the Gurnard’s ear…he was certainly getting in councillors ears.

The story actually reinforces the fact that Cameron Brewer did declare his trip in writing to the council at the time and it was publicly declared in a newspaper at the time, a long way from being caught out or undeclared.

Meanwhile it remains a fact that Len Brown has declared nothing in his returns, denied his 3rd party sponsored trip to Hong Kong, failed to declare that as well, plus all his other substantial gifts received due to his position as mayor.

Len Brown and his spin weasels wrongly think this issue will go away over Christmas. I can promise you it won’t.

There is a news vacuum and someone will fill it.


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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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