Silence won’t work Len

Len Brown continues to remain silent on the contents of the report by Ernst & Young.

Doug McKay will now be waiting a respectable amount of time before releasing it. Today it is a week since the report was given to Brown for comment.

The fact that he promptly lawyered up indicates that it isn’t good reading.

Meanwhile Bernard Orsman’s direct line to the Mayor’s office seems to have been severed.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown will not say if he has received free hotel rooms as pressure mounts on him to come clean on overnight stays in the city.

The use of hotel rooms by Mr Brown is believed to be at the centre of a legal wrangle holding up the release of the Ernst & Young (now EY) report into use of council resources during the mayor’s extra-marital affair with Bevan Chuang. 

When the Herald asked Mr Brown if he had received free accommodation at Auckland hotels during his time as mayor, a spokesman said he was not commenting on any aspect of the review while it was ongoing.

The silence on the issue prompted right-wing councillor Dick Quax to liken the latest twist in the mayoral sex scandal to Mr Brown’s actions when he was mayor of Manukau.

Mr Quax, a former Manukau city councillor, said Mr Brown had enjoyed countless coffees and lunches on his council credit card, paid for by some of the poorest people in the country.

“It seems that his entitlement mentality has not changed. He has no reason to stay overnight in a hotel when he has a car and driver at his disposal 24/7,” Mr Quax said.

Mr Brown has denied claims by Ms Chuang that some of the rooms he booked for the pair at the Langham, SkyCity Grand and Hilton hotels for sex were freebies, saying he paid for any private accommodation.

Rooms at SkyCity Grand start at about $200 and rise to $400-plus for a suite.

The Herald understands Mr Brown was not impressed when the first draft of the EY report raised his use of hotel rooms outside his stays with Ms Chuang.

I understand that neither is his missus impressed with all the tim spent sleeping elsewhere.

Time for Len Brown to stand down. Times up, let Phil Goff have a crack now Len, he’s already boasting about it.

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