Dodgy theatre, dodgy council, dodgy media…why did no one act?

2016-09-18

After we busted John Leggett and the Marlborough Express tried to ignore the story there still remain a number of unanswered questions that I am sure the ratepayers of Marlborough wants answers to.

For a start, let’s examine this “world class” theatre malarky.

The council and the backers of the theatre must seriously think that the wine industry will continue to be strong there and “hopefully”, one day, all the “movie stars” of the world will just fly on in and while there doing their up-market shopping at The Warehouse and Farmers and the $2 shops they get so worn out that they want to catch a Broadway show direct from New friggin’ York.

There was never a valid business case for this white elephant. Now the council is committing more ratepayers cash after burning $5 million with the loan guarantee.

It took a brave staffer and some braver staff at the Mex to finally get some traction on this by leaking the audio of Leggett’s hypocrisy.

Then there is this comment in the article:

Public-excluded meetings were usually held for genuine reasons of commercial sensitivity.

“I have a view that using this sort of thing for political expediency is just despicable, and it is harmful to credibility – particularly for the person that actually recorded and released it,” he said.

Sowman said it raised the question of how many other recordings were made.  

Good point there from Sowman. Let’s just say enough to make the council’s life a living hell, especially the video…now that was an eye-opener.

Which raises another question. Will the Mex run those audio files and the video?

Or are they too beholden to the power of the advertising dollar, it must be real hard to hold ratbags to account when they are your first and third biggest advertisers.

The one thing the Mex got right is that there is skullduggery in politics in Marlborough…I love skullduggery, it makes me happy…

Politics in Marlborough isn’t going to improve until the local media starts to take their responsibilities seriously.

I’m happy to work with them on the stories.

 

-Marlborough Express


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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.

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