The Mayor for all of Auckland

March 9th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I defend Len Brown in my Herald column today:

campaigned to be the first Mayor of the Auckland super-city with the slogan, that he would be the Mayor for all of Auckland.

Mayor Brown has come under huge pressure from his party, his donors and his activist supporters to abandon his campaign pledge, and to intervene in the dispute. It is to his credit that he has resisted putting the interests of the Labour Party above the interests of Auckland.

I conclude:

Len Brown got elected on a slogan of being the Mayor for all of Auckland. The Labour Party shouldn’t complain that he is taking that slogan seriously and putting the interests of Auckland ahead of the interests of the Labour Party affiliated . He should be congratulated for his stance.

In my full column I articulate why I think this has helped Brown get re-elected.

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17 Responses to “The Mayor for all of Auckland”

  1. plebe (271 comments) says:

    As if the rest of New Zealand give a stuff about lennie boy
    PS get him to fire the blues up, they have our throwaways from the caines,they need some help in winning, but then we are talking about Auckland.

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  2. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    I was watching this strange little character present the Auckland Cup to the winning connections the other night- There is something seriously abnormal about Len Brown…he just doesn’t seem ‘wired up’ right to me.

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  3. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    I don’t think he has a political identity any more so he’s getting a backlash from the right and the left. It’s a situation of ‘will the real Len Brown stand up,’ maybe it could be as simple as that he’s not tough enough for Aucklanders. If for example he’d taken the side of the wharfies everybody would have known where he stood, in the meantime he’s copping it from the left and it seems the right are jubilant over his failure of identity and where he stands?

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    You defend the indefensible.

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  5. plebe (271 comments) says:

    The other option was the useless SHOE IN parnell right wing smelly dagg hanging off CANDYFLOSS keys arse the (acting act mp)as if NZ cares,JOHN BANKS,the face of act a party of one person i think a escapie from a oldies home and you lot think NEW ZEALAND worries or thinks of dorkland, spare us please.move on folks nothing to see only a GERIATIC mp wanting ALL the benifits he can rort in one term..

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  6. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >The other option was the useless SHOE IN parnell right wing smelly dagg hanging off CANDYFLOSS keys arse the (acting act mp)as if NZ cares,JOHN BANKS,the face of act a party of one person i think a escapie from a oldies home and you lot think NEW ZEALAND worries or thinks of dorkland, spare us please.move on folks nothing to see only a GERIATIC mp wanting ALL the benifits he can rort in one term..

    This is possibly the least coherent sentence I have ever read. How did you avoid ever attending school?

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  7. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    The other option was the useless SHOE IN parnell right wing smelly dagg hanging off CANDYFLOSS keys arse the (acting act mp)as if NZ cares,JOHN BANKS,the face of act a party of one person i think a escapie from a oldies home and you lot think NEW ZEALAND worries or thinks of dorkland, spare us please.move on folks nothing to see only a GERIATIC mp wanting ALL the benifits he can rort in one term..

    Yes, thankyou Trevor…..

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  8. plebe (271 comments) says:

    Thanks folks i got SC, but thanks for reposting. and NOTHING upsets me.
    davidp (2,236) Says:

    March 9th, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    >The other option was the useless SHOE IN parnell right wing smelly dagg hanging off CANDYFLOSS keys arse the (acting act mp)as if NZ cares,JOHN BANKS,the face of act a party of one person i think a escapie from a oldies home and you lot think NEW ZEALAND worries or thinks of dorkland, spare us please.move on folks nothing to see only a GERIATIC mp wanting ALL the benifits he can rort in one term..

    This is possibly the least coherent sentence I have ever read. How did you avoid ever attending school?
    Peter (708) Says:

    March 9th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    The other option was the useless SHOE IN parnell right wing smelly dagg hanging off CANDYFLOSS keys arse the (acting act mp)as if NZ cares,JOHN BANKS,the face of act a party of one person i think a escapie from a oldies home and you lot think NEW ZEALAND worries or thinks of dorkland, spare us please.move on folks nothing to see only a GERIATIC mp wanting ALL the benifits he can rort in one term..

    Yes, thankyou Trevor…..

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  9. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    yea for all of auckland.. excluding the north shore cause we are rich..

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  10. labours a joke (442 comments) says:

    “plebe (247)”

    ..what a strange individual..do you suffer from fith syndrome?

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  11. plebe (271 comments) says:

    I live in Wellington and you poor sods live in dorkland home of candyfloss key(when hes not at home in Hawaii getting instructions from his masters) the blues,crime, banks,brown,traffic,crime and crime and the blues again,you could write a comedy about dorkland , brown,banks and POA. and the rest of NZ could have a good laugh,STRUGGLE ON auckland NZ dosnt care.

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  12. Steve (4,563 comments) says:

    dime, cut it out.

    “excluding the north shore cause we are rich..”

    We pay enough Rates now without encouraging the bastards

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  13. Steve (4,563 comments) says:

    Crack another bottle plebe, you deserve it, putting up with the Taxpaying Aucklanders all this time

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  14. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Auckland didn’t vote Brown in – we voted Banks out. Without the mischievous use of MMP, Epsom would have done the same.

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  15. MaxPower (41 comments) says:

    “I live in Wellington and you poor sods live in dorkland home of candyfloss key(when hes not at home in Hawaii getting instructions from his masters) the blues,crime, banks,brown,traffic,crime and crime and the blues again,you could write a comedy about dorkland , brown,banks and POA. and the rest of NZ could have a good laugh,STRUGGLE ON auckland NZ dosnt care.”

    And yet it’s still a much better place to live than Wellington and the rest of NZ :P.

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  16. Keeping Stock (10,341 comments) says:

    @ plebe (3.42pm) – that’s no way to talk about Winston Peters; “geriatric MP wanting all the benefits he can rort”…

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  17. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Interesting censorship going on at Granny, I made a couple of innocuous comments criticizing Labour and the CTU – neither published.

    It seems some/many Herald staff are card carrying commies.

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