Aucklnd Council

Chris Trotter on Len Brown

Slowly but surely people on the left are deciding that to be aligned with Len Brown is to cloak oneself in the stench of a rotting corpse.

Chris Trotter backs away from Len Brown now.

IS AUCKLAND about to join Toronto? A city with a mayor some would dearly like to be rid of but cannot sack?

Auckland’s Len Brown may not have smoked crack cocaine or clean-bowled an elderly councillor in the council chamber, like the rampaging Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, but he is fast engendering a very similar sort of cringe factor.

Like Toronto, Auckland is its country’s commercial heart. Politically, it plays a similarly pivotal role. Who leads a city like Toronto or Auckland matters. Getting stuck with a laughing-stock mayor would be but a short step away from becoming a laughing-stock city.

That Auckland could finds itself contemplating that possibility is due to a peculiar constitutional anomaly.  Read more »