McCarten on Brown, no friends left now

Len Brown has no friends left.

Matt McCarten, who can normally be relied upon for a last ditch defence, has instead thrown Len Brown under the bus.

Everyone’s piling in on our hapless mayor.

The political attacks from his enemies and public callings for him to resign, including from the powerful NZ Herald, will be stressful for him.

But the poundings from the daily incoming missiles are insignificant compared to the trauma of seeing the humiliation and hurt his wife and daughters are suffering because of his conduct. Their idol has stained them with a stench that will linger forever.

That is the real reason Len Brown looks like the walking dead.

What Brown did destroyed his reputation. He may resign after he has had the summer to ponder his options. But I suspect he won’t.

No Shame Lenny Brown.

Until this week Brown’s crime has been mainly about moral hypocrisy by using his wholesome family image to help his career for years while being privately the opposite. Without doubt, if any council employees had used council property or work time for trysts, they would have been fired with the mayor’s blessing.

This week the findings of the investigation take things to another level. His conduct crossed from his personal misbehaviour to the professional compromise of the office of mayor.

At first glance the report finding of non-disclosure of hotel room upgrading was a little pedantic. However, he knew hotels would automatically upgrade him to VIP status for nothing. Obviously he considered it a perk he chose not to declare. But staying at SkyCity hotels with undeclared freebies at the same time the “convention centre for pokies” deal was being done is inappropriate for several serious reasons.

Wait until Matt McCarten finds out the the real truth behind the upgrades.

Brown won’t get another term, regardless of what happens. So he should forget about himself and spend his energy doing big meaningful things for the people who put him there. That’s the mayor’s pathway to redemption.

Otherwise he may as well resign now and put himself, his family and us out of our misery.

Len Brown only ever thinks of himself. He is a classic narcissist.


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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.

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