More calls for Brown to go

December 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Matt McCarten writes:

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. …

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.

Kerre Woodham also writes:

You’d have thought that shame would have seen him depart the mayoralty but the shame gene appears to be missing from his DNA.

I suppose he’s hoping the Christmas and New Year break will take the heat off him and when everyone comes back to work next year, it will be as if nothing ever happened.

But unless there’s a seismic shift, he’s going to be the most impotent mayor in the history of local body politics (which is ironic, really, isn’t it?)

People don’t want to work with him. Ratepayers are contemptuous of him. And politicians in Central Government will be wary of him, because nobody likes being around a loser, so it will make it more difficult to lobby for Auckland’s interests in Wellington.

On that note the HoS reports:

Auckland councillor Dick Quax, an outspoken critic of Mayor , has called on him to withdraw from hosting Prince William and wife Catherine early next year.

The couple and their baby George will visit New Zealand in April.

Yesterday, Quax said Brown should not be greeting the royals after his two-year extramarital affair with Bevan Chuang and a review that found he had accepted free hotel rooms and upgrades.

“I’d be absolutely horrified if he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.”

That would be embarrassing.

And the HoS editorial:

When Santa Claus packs his sleigh ahead of his delivery run in the next couple of days, it’s fair to assume he won’t be needing a lot of space for parcels for one Len Brown, of Manukau in Auckland.

“Have you been a good boy this year, Len,” is a question the Auckland Mayor would, surely, dread right now.

It has been a horrendous end to 2013 for a man who should have had so much to celebrate. He won a landslide victory in the Supercity mayoralty and had another term or two firmly in mind. But his lengthy affair with Bevan Chuang, an independent report that cleared him of legal wrongdoing but revealed freebies and the use of a ratepayer-funded cellphone to support the affair, his forgetfulness over council policies on transparency, and a media pack that has turned on him all mean one thing – Mayor Len is dead man walking.

Len’s sole supporter remains Brian Rudman it seems.

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71 Responses to “More calls for Brown to go”

  1. BeeJay (72 comments) says:

    Boy oh boy, is Brown an embarrassment to Auckland, and we should be embarrassed! He should do the right thing and resign, but will stay on for the pay packet, a lame duck until the next election, when he will finally disappear into oblivion!

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  2. Dennis Horne (2,403 comments) says:

    Len Brown is a grubby little man, but, Prince William has seen infidelity before (and cuckoos).

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  3. SGA (1,144 comments) says:

    “I’d be absolutely horrified if he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.”

    That would be embarrassing.

    Because no members of the royal family have ever got involved in extra-marital affairs (think about it for a second). Given all the good reasons for Len Brown to resign, this is so, so lame.

    Opps, see Dennis has made the same point.

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  4. nasska (11,813 comments) says:

    It would be intolerable to allow the hand that has spent so much time wanking the grubby mayoral appendage to touch the fair Duchess of Cambridge.

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  5. campit (467 comments) says:

    The whole declaration of interest concept needs clarity and enforcement. Only 9/20 Councillors bothered filing returns. Brewer failed to declare a junket in 2011, so there is a fair amount of hypocrisy going on here.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11176087

    As for Len, personally I think he should probably resign, but I’m mindful of the saying “be careful what you wish for or you just might get it”. The level of scrutiny the Mayor is put under would be off-putting to many candidates. I’m not convinced anyone better is going to suddenly come forward. The Mayor only has one vote out of 20. Despite the rhetoric, he doesn’t have much in the way of power besides the baubles of office. It would be awkward if he remained, but I think the council could still function.

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  6. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    I’m not convinced anyone better is going to suddenly come forward.

    Auckland should keep on a mayor with his trousers in tatters around his ankles just in case no one better comes forward for a by-election? That’s bizarre reasoning for keeping the city’s knickers twisted in Brown’s grasp.

    The Brown bollocks is irreparable. How now down trou Brown?

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  7. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    “I’d be absolutely horrified if he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.”

    As a non-Aucklander, for me the main discovery of the last week or so has been what a pompous, loudmouthed stuffed shirt Dick Quax is. Who knew?

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  8. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    “I’d be absolutely horrified if he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.”

    That would be embarrassing.

    It would have been embarrassing even before the Bevan Chuang affair. Brown is cringeworthy, and the only surprise is that his voting base seems not to realise.

    C’mon Dick Quax, stick it to him.

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  9. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    While Brown clings to his baubles with virtual impunity Bevan Chuang keeps copping repercussions.

    Chuang pays price for affair

    Despite calls for his resignation, the mayor has held on to his job at the helm of the Supercity.

    At the same time, Chuang – who was not implicated in the report – has been forced out of the Chinese Garden Steering Committee.

    Steering committee co-chair and eminent Auckland architect Ron Sang said even though Chuang was well qualified, it was felt she had attracted unnecessary attention and this might jeopardise the project.

    “As you know, it’s a very sensitive issue at the moment,” said Sang.

    “We had a committee discussion with my co-chair and we decided it is probably the right thing to do. I think she’s totally qualified for the job but because of the publicity, we prefer not to be associated with that.”

    Brown used his position of power to satisfy his promiscuous preferences while his porn pawn gets shafted again.

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  10. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    “Len’s sole supporter remains Brian Rudman it seems”

    No DPF he has another steadfast supporter in one Wallace Chapmen who has just been given Chris Laidlaw’s spot on RNZ Sunday mornings

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  11. Manolo (14,077 comments) says:

    Lusty Len does not have an ounce of dignity or decency in his body. The crook from Labour will not resign.

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  12. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Even though Rudman showed some support for Brown he also laid reality on the line in Failed vote may have been kinder.

    Perhaps most telling was the decision to change the final clause of the resolution which initially read that the council “accepts the mayor’s apology and expression of contrition for his actions …”

    Councillors voted instead “to note the mayor’s apology … ”

    Such a deliberate change indicates how isolated the mayor now is.

    It also calls into question the second part of the resolution which says the vote signals the councillors’ “willingness to work with the mayor in the best interests of the people of Auckland”.

    True, only five councillors supported a vote of no confidence, but the vote of censure that was passed, complete with its excessive fines and unconciliatory wording, suggests little interest in any ongoing relationship as far as councillors are concerned.

    It only adds to the mayor’s humiliation.

    Humiliated and isolated pretty much sums up Brown’s situation.

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  13. Longknives (4,889 comments) says:

    Agreed Manolo- This Labour crook and fraudster isn’t going anywhere! His staggering arrogance and overwhelming sense of entitlement means we are simply stuck with him…

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  14. Souvlaki (46 comments) says:

    ‘L’ is for Labour, ‘L’ is for Lice,’L’ is for Len…..

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  15. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    People don’t want to work with him. Ratepayers are contemptuous of him

    Some people don’t want to work with him and some ratepayers are contemptuous of him. Nothing like a bit of hyperbole, Kerry.

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  16. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    he has another steadfast supporter in one Wallace Chapmen

    Wasn’t Chapman a friend of David Bain and appeared for the defence at Bain’s trial? Enough said. :)

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  17. Warren Murray (314 comments) says:

    PG, so Bevan is experiencing some fall out. Good, Im pleased about that. She went into this affair to pursue political opportunities, so I feel no sympathy for her, just anger that Brown is still immune from the same degree of accountability.

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  18. Paul Marsden (999 comments) says:

    If Brown does not resign the Mayoralty sooner or later, the Government will have no option but to wield its big stick.

    Whether it does that though the AG or, a Commissioner or, some other means at its disposal, it will act. It has a duty of care to the tax and ratepayers of Auckland to bring function to the dysfunction, at the top of the management structure that governs the power house of the NZ economy.

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  19. Duxton (657 comments) says:

    Pete George: I couldn’t care less about Ching Bevan’s predicament, and certainly don’t appreciate her or anyone else trying to portray her as a victim. She knew exactly what she was doing.

    If Mrs Brown and the kids are able to maintain a dignified silence, Ms Bevan can keep her trap shut as well.

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  20. flipper (4,227 comments) says:

    Heh…

    Let us not get too prissy about the Royals.

    Let us remember that while Brown is an arsehole, and should have been wiped and gone before lunchtime yesterday, William’s father was every bit as bad, or worse (given his constitutional position), than silly red Len.

    On the other hand, a son should NOT be afflicted by the misdeeds of his father. By having Brown front on behalf of Auckland we would be adding insult to the injury that he (William) surely feels (he will have been carefully, and accurately briefed).

    Brown must go.

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  21. Reid (16,634 comments) says:

    You’d have thought that shame would have seen him depart the mayoralty but the shame gene appears to be missing from his DNA.

    Lookup Narcissistic Personality Disorder and it explains everything.

    Everything that is, apart from why some still continued to support him right up until the report was released and it became untenable to continue to do so. His actions from day one have made it obvious he’s not a normal person. The fact some people resisted coming to that conclusion for so long says a lot about their lack of perspicacity or their willingness to place partisan politics over plain, simple, cold, hard facts.

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  22. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    As a non-Aucklander, for me the main discovery of the last week or so has been what a pompous, loudmouthed stuffed shirt Dick Quax is. Who knew?

    Some former top sportspeople seem to think they are experts on everything. Many also have no sense of humour…I am not sure how Quax’s former life qualified him for his current one.

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  23. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    I agree Warren, Chuang is literally the author of her own misfortune, but there’s a glaring disparity between the patriarchal and powerful holding onto power versus the expendable pawns thrown under a bus in order to maintain that power.

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  24. Manolo (14,077 comments) says:

    Miss Chuang was a consenting adult and part of the affair. She knew full well what she was getting into.
    Unlucky for her, but life does not need to be fair.

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  25. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    No idea about that Ross69 what has that got to do with anything? Are you saying he sticks up for even the most glaringly obviously guilty?

    What cunning old Dirty Old Brown is hoping for Christmas, is for us kiwis to eventually let this one go. And he’s smart because we will. Kiwis are notorious for not holding grudges, not protesting, not wanting to make a fuss. We’re famous for it, must be an echo of the British thing.

    You can get the shittest service or food in a restaurant, and 99% won’t grumble. If someone pushes in the line at an ATM, everybody frowns but nobody says get the f*** to the back of the line. I’ve seen it all my life

    If this was France, they’d have had the city gridlocked, burned down City Hall and have Brown’s head on a pike by now.

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  26. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I’d be absolutely horrified if he was the face and the representative of Auckland meeting Prince William, his wife and their baby.

    I’m absolutely horrified that the Royals, who can afford to pay their own way out here, expect taxpayers to foot the bill. I’m equally amazed that the Right, which apparently hates handouts, seems to be OK with this arrangement.

    Charles and Camilla’s trip here last year cost us almost $800,000. It seems times aren’t so tough after all.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/prince-charles-camilla-s-nz-visit-cost-over-700k-5285544

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  27. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    No idea about that Ross69 what has that got to do with anything? Are you saying he sticks up for even the most glaringly obviously guilty?

    I’m saying that Chapman’s judgment is no better than the Mayor’s. :)

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  28. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    Penny Hulse, the new doyen of democracy is the now de facto Mayor, so she will greet the Royal couple – the so called one time Mayor being indisposed.

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  29. All_on_Red (1,650 comments) says:

    Ross69- perhaps you could point us to your criticism of how $9 million was wasted on a pointless referendum.
    The left don’t seem to think times are that tough obviously .

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  30. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    Ross69 I’m happy for that $800,000 to come out of my taxes because having the Royals here in an election year helps to keep the mental Labour Green Mana whoever else is available coalition out of office for another 3 years!

    You wouldn’t understand this, because Principles keep you safe and warm, but $800,000 is peanuts considering how much international media we’ll get and visitor numbers off the back of it etc etc

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  31. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

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  32. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Ross69 I’m happy for that $800,000 to come out of my taxes because having the Royals here in an election year helps to keep the mental Labour Green Mana whoever else is available coalition out of office for another 3 years!

    So, National supporters love the Royal family and will reward the govt at the polls? Basically you’re saying that National supporters are batshit crazy…you might be onto something.

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  33. flipper (4,227 comments) says:

    “…The left don’t seem to think times are that tough obviously ….”

    Red,

    Rossie69 is screwed in the head.

    He/she/it and cronies will never understand that the world of 1910 -30 is no longer. They live in, or yearn for a return to, antiquity.

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  34. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Miss Chuang was a consenting adult and part of the affair.

    Yes.

    She knew full well what she was getting into.

    Unlikely. She tried to climb social and political ladders using Brown’s cock but when it went limp I doubt she realised how much she would take the fall.

    Brown he manipulated, coerced and pressured her using his position of power. I doubt Chuang recognised how she was being used and abused, and I doubt she realised how expendable she would be when the shit hit the fan. She was flushed down the mayoral toilet quicker than you can boil noodles.

    I don’t think Chuang had any idea how one-sided the liaison was and would become.

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  35. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    @ duggledog… precisely what impact do you expect the royal visit will have on NZ? Besides the royal party themselves (that we will pay for) which international visitors will flock to NZ just because the royals are here? What kind of media attention is this going to generate that is so positive for NZ? And how exactly will a visit by a prince of the british crown ensure an electoral victory by the centre right?

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  36. Reid (16,634 comments) says:

    And he’s smart because we will. [forgive him]

    No, I don’t think so. He’s hoping that of course but not on this one. It’s purely because of the way Brown has reacted. If he’d been genuinely contrite people may have allowed him to stay, but he hasn’t once shown genuine contrition, it’s always been an act and a transparently begrudging act at that. I think the last straw for most of his remaining supporters was the way he simply acknowledged the censure and immediately moved to the next item. That showed to the last remaining holdouts what some of us have been seeing in him since day one on this.

    Sad thing is he won’t get another job, he’ll need to become a self-employed immigration lawyer and his ego will be shattered. But he won’t ever look at the man in the mirror on this, he’ll always look at other people as the reason for his downfall and he’ll become a very bitter and angry man unless he gets psychological treatment which he won’t seek because he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with him.

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  37. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    Guess Brown is only fit to meet Charles and Camilla then..btw..has Cameron Brewer resigned yet ?

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  38. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    What cunning old Dirty Old Brown is hoping for Christmas, is for us kiwis to eventually let this one go. And he’s smart because we will.

    He has proven to be far from smart right through his affairs and the aftermath. As reid says his lack of contrition is snowballing the anger at what he has done.

    And this one won’t be let go.

    Whale Oil won’t let it go.
    The councillors won’t let it go.
    The Herald won’t let it go.
    The people who feel uncomfortable visiting his office and other council rooms won’t let it go.
    The people and organisations who usually invite mayors to events won’t let it go.

    Brown’s trousers are down round his ankles along with his credibility and political career and no amount of Christmas pudding will raise anything for him.

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  39. Chris2 (770 comments) says:

    The online editorial of Sunday’s Herald described their front page editorial earlier in the week urging Brown to go as “Gutsy journalism”. How arrogant, the Herald left it to the last minute to join with others calling for Brown to resign.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11176512

    The “gutsy journalism” was that shown by Cameron Slater for publishing the story in the first place, no mention of that by the Herald.

    Shame on the Herald for trying to pat itself on the back.

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  40. Chuck Bird (4,928 comments) says:

    “btw..has Cameron Brewer resigned yet ?”

    Why the fuck should he?

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  41. Scott Chris (6,177 comments) says:

    There is this old man called Len Brown,
    Who’s apparently Mayor of this town.
    He likes to eat Asian
    On the odd occasion,
    Especially with his pants down.

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  42. lilman (968 comments) says:

    So ross69 reares his head after weeks of shit ,feeling brave are you ross.

    About as much balls as Len on show Ross.

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  43. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11176534

    She had forged a close relationship with Ngati Whatua

    You cannot make that shit up can you? Just confirming terminal stupidity runs across both sexes equally.

    Yes, Bevan we know shagging Len was love and nothing to do with furthering yourself . Lens a catch, that’s for sure, no doubt.!!!!!!!

    Sad people , I desire them both to fade into obscurity as soon as possible.

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  44. jcuk (716 comments) says:

    Has LB resigned yet? Why the f… should he.
    After ‘Jersey Lily’ I don’t think the Royal Family is much different to others … except apparently the women involved co-existed in the same circle.

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  45. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    WineOh and to a lesser degree Ross69:

    You’ve obviously missed this, but Will and his Mrs and baby George are currently bigger than Jesus. Don’t you remember how Cunliffe etc went spastic about the visit? It’s because they know a Royal visit has the same effect as winning the RWC in an Election Year. It just does, and it’s the LAST thing the clowns need – a photo op of JK with the most fabulous couple in the world. The guy got invited to Balmoral for god’s sake! Unheard of

    It helps NZ’s bottom line because we rely hugely on tourism and all the Poms (and I’m talking about the upper class with all the money and ponies etc) who see the pictures of George sucking on a Buzzy Bee at Govt House will all be reminded of how lovely NZ is and we jolly well ought to visit one day. Like the LOTR movies did. It’s visibility. Take it to the bank. Are you seriously suggesting the Royal visit is no biggie?

    Pete, re my comments about Brown above, I’m just saying that’s what I think Brown is thinking – Christmas will kill the story for the time being, something else will come up and we’ll lose interest. And that is kiwi form, you can’t deny it. Remember when the Herald published photos of all those who supported the EFA? They said they were going to print those pictures every day (they didn’t)

    There’s a massive difference between all us lot hammering out our displeasure on our keyboards anonymously and a dozen old folks yelling at him in public. The overwhelming discontent at large is not reflected visibly; only through blogging and calls to talk back.

    And that won’t do.

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  46. Reboot (101 comments) says:

    Pete George (20,239 comments) says:
    December 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Yes.

    Unlikely. She tried to climb social and political ladders using Brown’s cock but when it went limp I doubt she realised how much she would take the fall.

    Brown he manipulated, coerced and pressured her using his position of power. I doubt Chuang recognised how she was being used and abused, and I doubt she realised how expendable she would be when the shit hit the fan. She was flushed down the mayoral toilet quicker than you can boil noodles.

    I don’t think Chuang had any idea how one-sided the liaison was and would become.

    So what you’re saying is that if you are a woman and use your body to your advantage for your own career progression knowing that there are innocent third parties that will be hurt by it and happily enjoy the benefits of the arrangement over the course of two years you should consider yourself, in your words, “used and abused.” You sound like a white knight Pete, why don’t you go rescue her since she’s such a victim (don’t be surprised if she leaves you for someone with money and power though, that poor girl). Don’t forget to also grant her a sainthood while you’re at it.

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  47. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Ross69
    I am not sure how Quax’s Browns former life qualified him for his current one.

    That’s got me fucked to Ross but then again he may have been a duplicitous liar since wrapped in swaddling.

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  48. duggledog (1,589 comments) says:

    Reid, your paraphrase (forgive him) those are your words. I don’t think kiwis will forgive him exactly, just won’t hold a grudge, those are different things.

    The affair will define Brown forever in the annals of NZ history, much as Shane Jones will always be remembered as a wanker on the public purse. First entry in Wikipedia if you like.

    God who would run for public office?

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  49. RF (1,454 comments) says:

    We must never forget that Len the 2 minute noodle is a Labour stooge. Support Labour and you agree with the activities of immoral pricks like Brown.

    A dirty disgusting has been.

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  50. OneTrack (3,235 comments) says:

    ross69 – “John Key had for quite some time dishonestly claimed that he had a mandate to sell our assets. The CIR proved…”

    You dont seem to understand how the New Zealand democracy works. It is a representative democracy, which means an election every three years selects a government AND gives them the mandate to implement their policies. That is why Key has his mandate.

    If you want to campaign to change that into a direct democracy, like Switzerland, then go ahead. Come back when its done.

    I am sure the Greens will support you when they get into government. They will no doubt announce their policy well before the election. They will want the people having a right to cancel any legislation they bring forward.

    Anti-Smacking
    Raised personal tax rates
    Carbon tax
    Reduced parliament size

    Yeah, I am sure the Greens will support direct democracy. Not. When the totalitarians get into power they wont want anybody getting in the way of “the cause”. Especially not the proletariat.

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  51. All_on_Red (1,650 comments) says:

    Ross69
    “I am not sure how Quax’s former life qualified him for his current one.”

    Unlike the Greens Gareth Hughes whose role as Ronald McDonald sees him perfectly qualified to be an MP for the Greens!

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  52. Scott Chris (6,177 comments) says:

    Mayor Brown met a girl named Miss Chuang
    Who pretended that Len was well hung.
    Len later discovered
    In the boardroom cupboard,
    She could do lots of tricks with her tongue.

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  53. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    “Len’s sole supporter remains Brian Rudman it seems”

    No DPF he has another steadfast supporter in one Wallace Chapmen who has just been given Chris Laidlaw’s spot on RNZ Sunday mornings

    Don’t forget Campbell Lie, who gave that patsy interview the day the news first broke.

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  54. Viking2 (11,574 comments) says:

    Has there been any word around of Lens old hunting mate from Manukau?

    That Lee Auton figure that managed to waste $300k in a few weeks at Tauranga city Council.

    He must be there somewhere.

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  55. secondcumming (93 comments) says:

    Extract (12) from AFFIDAVIT sworn in relation to the Brown / Chuang affair:

    ‘During one lunch time phone call from his office, Mr Brown told me he was so ‘turned on’ by the sound of my voice he had removed his pants to relieve himself. I did not know what to make of the comment but could hear a lot of panting and heavy breathing followed ‘by that sound’ when it was all over. He would do this on other occassions when he was on the phone to me in his office bathroom’.

    How fucking embarrassing! You would have to wonder what PDB does not understand about the word ‘GO’

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  56. Manolo (14,077 comments) says:

    Words borrowed from the excellent Theodore Dalrymple (with a few changes):

    When Len Brown announced his decision to stay as Mayor of Auckland, his voice choked with emotion and he nearly shed a tear. He asked his audience to believe that he had always done what he thought was right. He would have been nearer the mark had he said that he always thought that what was right was whatever he had done.

    Throughout his years in office, he has kept inviolable his belief in the existence of a purely beneficent essence of himself, a belief so strong that no quantity of untruthfulness, lechery, unscrupulousness, or impropriety could undermine or destroy it. Having come into the world marked by Original Virtue, Brown is also a natural-born preacher.

    In a confessional mood, Brown admitted that he has sometimes fallen short of what was expected of him. He did not give specifics, but we were expected to admire his candor and humility in making such an admission. Here was a mea culpa without the culpa.

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  57. tvb (4,517 comments) says:

    He will stay and stay. Dick Quax is hinting darkly about more scandals. Len will survive this round but round 3???

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  58. wikiriwhis business (4,131 comments) says:

    I’m glad I promised I wouldn’t make any more comments on Len

    But I don’t think I could make a fool of myself if I continued. Just my conscience

    So I will not.

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  59. Nostradamus (3,433 comments) says:

    Good grief – the mind boggles:

    Chuang said the committee had overlooked the important work she had done between local Maori and the Chinese community. She had forged a close relationship with Ngati Whatua and had the tribe’s support in creating a special Chinese garden for Auckland.

    She certainly forged a close relationship with Ngati Whatua. The Ngati Whatua room is now a household name – possibly not what the tribe wanted!

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  60. secondcumming (93 comments) says:

    Or as Confucius say:

    “Part-time staff member become permanent when screwed on top of table”

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  61. Longknives (4,889 comments) says:

    I am hearing loads of rumours/stories about even more scandal to come regarding this sleazy little fraud..
    I still reckon he ain’t going anywhere…300k buys a lot of happy endings!

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  62. ShawnLH (5,757 comments) says:

    Brown should go. So should the rest of them. We need elected local body councilors like we need the plague.

    All politicians are parasites and demagogues.

    “As for the moral status of majority rule, it must be pointed out that it allows for A and B to band together to rip off C, C and A in turn joining to rip off B, and then B and C conspiring against A, and so on.

    What is true, just, and beautiful is not determined by popular vote. The masses everywhere are ignorant, short-sighted, motivated by envy, and easy to fool. Democratic politicians must appeal to these masses in order to be elected. Whoever is the best demagogue will win. Almost by necessity, then, democracy will lead to the perversion of truth, justice and beauty.”

    Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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  63. Keeping Stock (10,441 comments) says:

    Dirty Rat said

    btw..has Cameron Brewer resigned yet ?

    Why should he? According the the Council’s Electoral Officer, the Mediaworks trip was in fact declared in 2011

    http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/council-confirms-brewers-trip-was-gift-register/5/178064

    Whoever it was from the Mayor’s office that slipped this to the media is the one with egg on their face, not Brewer.

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  64. flipper (4,227 comments) says:

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    Keeping Stock (9,380 comments) says:

    December 23rd, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Dirty Rat said

    *****

    KS..well said.

    And did you notice the use of the pejorative “junket” term by O’Herald ???

    Apart from the Mayor’s office. which clearly inspired the crap Herald editorial on Brewer, the Herald is simply seen to be a ready made mouth piece for the Auckland left.

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  65. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    It’s amazing how the Right are quick to attack Brown but Brewer gets a free pass. He has admitted not declaring his junket to the Gold Coast in 2012. The guy has no shame…

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  66. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Seems Brewer didn’t learn that sage advice.

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  67. Manolo (14,077 comments) says:

    @ross69: Councillor beats critics after Port Douglas trip declaration discovered in 2011 email
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11176844

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  68. All_on_Red (1,650 comments) says:

    @ross69: Councillor beats critics after Port Douglas trip declaration discovered in 2011 .

    Eat your words ross69 you dumb fucking socialist.

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  69. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    I wonder if clouds ever look down on us and say “Hey look. That one is shaped like an idiot”.

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  70. burt (8,322 comments) says:

    ross69

    He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Seems Brewer didn’t learn that sage advice.

    Hey apologist for corruption – we have laws and rules about declarations required in public office. That’s rules for each and every person – not some relative comparison to others. See here’s how it works in the real world…. Len is required to follow the rules as written rather than be compared to somebody else … But let me guess … A lefty like yourself would say Brewer is self serving and corrupt and a disgrace but Len is fantastic because he’s no worse then Brewer…

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  71. Keeping Stock (10,441 comments) says:

    ross69 said

    It’s amazing how the Right are quick to attack Brown but Brewer gets a free pass. He has admitted not declaring his junket to the Gold Coast in 2012. The guy has no shame…

    My Dear Departed Dad used to say that it’s better to remain silent and people think that you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Wonderful own goal there Ross; you must have missed this:

    Auckland Council Electoral Officer and Public Information Officer Bruce Thomas has confirmed with Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer today that while he did not file a full “Register of Members’ Interests” annual statement by 30 June 2012, Brewer’s much criticised four-day sponsored trip to Australia was in fact declared by the Councillor for Orakei at the time and was subsequently in the Council gift register all along.
    In a surprise turn, Mr Thomas advised Mr Brewer in an email today that “You did however declare the Port Douglas trip and this was included in the gift register. A copy of the gift register was given to the Ernst Young Inquiry.”

    When will the Left and its apologists never learn that their smears usually come back to bite them on the backside? Merry Christmas ross69, but when the New Year rolls around, do your homework before posting please.

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/so-much-for-undeclared-gift.html

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