No mates, can’t show his face and can’t do his job

Bernard Orsman, under new editorial direction to cut Brown loose highlights how Len Brown is unable to do his job and watches from the sidelines as his promises at the election are voted down.

The sex scandal that has dogged Len Brown for two months could be having an effect on the mayor doing his job – he has lost a vote on a core policy and failed to keep a promise made to voters at the local body elections.

Shortly after Mr Brown was censured by councillors on Thursday, he lost a vote on a living wage for council staff, which now has little chance of being implemented.

Mr Brown has also not developed a funding proposal for his pet $2.86 billion city rail link for the Government before the end of this year – a promise made on the election hustings as part of his transport policy called Getting Auckland Moving. 

Two key policies, two failures. Meanwhile Len Brown is on holiday…I mean WTF?

Yesterday, Mr Brown was on holiday and not responding to questions. It is understood he is taking a break to spend time with his wife, Shan Inglis, and family as part of trying to “redeem and rebuild myself in the eyes of my wife and children and wider family”.

The Brown family are planning to spend Christmas and New Year with relatives, then possibly take a family holiday overseas.

The mayor’s office said he mayor would resume public engagements in early to mid January.

“In hiding” would have been quicker and easier to write.

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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.