The pariah Mayor

February 20th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Embattled Auckland Mayor has been told to stay away from a community military event this weekend for fear he will attract protesters and take the shine off the promotion.

It follows booing when the mayor opened the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on Saturday and comes ahead of a planned march up Queen St calling on him to stand down.

The terse reaction following him at many public appearances seems to be a response to last year’s revelations of Mr Brown’s affair with council adviser Bevan Chuang, hotel stays and censure by councillors.

I think Brown is hoping that over time people will forgive and forget. I am unsure that will be the case.

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45 Responses to “The pariah Mayor”

  1. dishy (248 comments) says:

    “Why are they booing that nice old man, Mummy?”

    “Well, Timmy, he …..psst…psst….psst… and then he wouldn’t…..psst…..psst….psst”

    “Oh, so Mummy do you mean he’s a grade one arsehole? I see that. BOOOOOOOO!!!!!”.

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  2. questions (207 comments) says:

    Asked by opposition Councillor*

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  3. Nigel Kearney (1,014 comments) says:

    I don’t think an expectation of being forgiven in a big factor in his decision to stay on. He just wants the power and salary.

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  4. Duxton (651 comments) says:

    @dishy: Would that be an example of Chinese whispers?

    :-)

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  5. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    WANKER.

    [It hurts because it's TRUE. Eh Len? You know it, I know it, and you know I know it.]

    RESIGN, WANKER.

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  6. redqueen (563 comments) says:

    I think what hasn’t be caught onto yet, by Brown or any of his cronies, is that there is a reasonable divide between disagree (even if you think the person is a twit or twat) and loath. I don’t happen to agree with Cuntliffe, particularly as he’s acting like the arch-politician (say anything and everything to anybody and everybody), but he isn’t specifically a corrupt, cheating, bastard who smirks in the face of principles or people (even if that’s the air he sometimes seems to give off). Brown, by comparison, is a loathsome bastard who deserves to be beaten out of office and mocked at every time he ever thinks he can swagger into the midst of honest people again.

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  7. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Forgive … Nah.

    Forget … Never!

    We might all now choose to follow the example of those who will have nothing to do with the man.

    Just a pity the gutless Auckland Councillors (beholden-scraping for their Brown appointments) did not do likewise.

    Auckland City will underperform and limp along while this keeps up.

    Good Job …. we here in Rodney North want to “Get the Hell out” of this omni-shambles”.

    Pants Down Brown gives us just one more excellent reason to bail.

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  8. dishy (248 comments) says:

    redqueen: Give Cunliffe time. He won’t need much, based on how you’re already spelling his name.

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  9. Mighty_Kites (84 comments) says:

    Way to conveniently ignore the fact that the “organiser” is actually one of a small group of marginalised Auckland councillors who has been fixated on Brown for ages. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a good story

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  10. Ashley Schaeffer (487 comments) says:

    Good job. The lech deserves it all and more. Having a sordid affair and taking advantage of his privileged position is one thing. Not doing the honourable thing and resigning when he was exposed is the stain that will haunt him for many years to come.

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  11. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Lecher Len, your days leeching off Auckland ratepayers are rapidly coming to an end, so be prepared to find a real job to support your dirty indulgent habits, and credit card abuse. Even a brazen left-wing trougher such as you, must realise that ratepayers . . . the ones that do all the paying, not the idiots that support you, have had a gutsful and want you gone by lunchtime.

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  12. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    The former STRIKENLY HOT NSW Premier Kristina Keneally went to the Bathurst Car Race – and was booed by 80,000 red blooded half pissed young Aussie males.

    Brown will soon be belted with cans! :cool:

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  13. burt (8,273 comments) says:

    Why won’t he just resign – oh that’s right – he’s a lefty and he’s entitled to our money !

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  14. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    I think you should look up who is planning the march before you suggest there is some sort of popular uprising against Brown. I suspect most people in Auckland no longer give a toss. They won’t vote for him again, but in the meantime – meh.

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  15. redqueen (563 comments) says:

    @ dishy: dislike, oh yes, but he isn’t a corrupt bastard who smirks about it to us. That is a key dividing line and one which, even for such a knob, still is the difference between being civilised to his face and booing when he is anywhere nearby!

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  16. Zebulon (114 comments) says:

    What will he remembered for? Being a philandering, lying jerk and then failing to do the right thing by resigning.

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  17. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    The public should keep humiliating the lecher until kingdom comes, although the corrupt Brown will not resign.

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  18. secondcumming (93 comments) says:

    Sharon Stewart is one of the few Auckland Councillors to exhibit real community standards……
    So good on ya’ SHAZZA for saying and doing what the ‘silent majority’ of Auckland ratepayers really think and want.
    We all know Brown is nothing more than a horrible, lying, dishevelled little arsehole – totally despised by all right thinking people….except of course for those that still rely on him for their incomes.

    YOU GO GURL!!

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  19. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    If he had any real concern for his family he would do the decent thing and resign…while he remains a public figure his teenage daughter must just hate going to school…the way things are going he’ll have a stress induced heart attack and die in office..

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  20. Duxton (651 comments) says:

    “….the way things are going he’ll have a stress induced heart attack and die in office..”

    Is that Plan B? :-o

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  21. burt (8,273 comments) says:

    Nick R

    I suspect most people in Auckland no longer give a toss.

    Probably not, Len’s doing enough tossing for all of them.

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  22. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    Duxton: No, I dont wish death on the man…but he sure as hell doesnt care about his family…imgaine being a teenager and having “Mayor booed at meeting” “Mayor told not to show up” headliness every other day…As soon as I realised my position was untenable I resigned…so should he…

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  23. Nostalgia-NZ (5,214 comments) says:

    Some one in his office issued a statement that his attendance to the event shouldn’t be politicised. The point is however that Brown politicised his role as mayor when he chose to dupe the voters – something which remains a high, possibly insurmountable hurdle between he and the voters. He doesn’t get it, it’s nothing about party politics it’s about his corrupt use of an ‘image’ sold to the public. He says he ‘believes’ he has a mandate, well if he does lets have another election.

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  24. chris (647 comments) says:

    @David Garrett, the problem with Len Brown is that he doesn’t appear to believe his position is untenable. The fact he’s still going to go to the Howick Military Tattoo, when he clearly isn’t welcome in any capacity, is evidence of how out of touch he is.

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  25. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    Len Brown typifies the LEFT in this country. A sense of entitlement, in the best paying job they will ever have in their sad sorry lives, two faced hypocrites, ignorant of even the most basic of good governance principles, unethical, incompetent, liars……….Have I left( pun intended) anything out.

    Brown will forever be remembered as a grasping self interested self centred fool.

    but the bigger issue is that the good citizens of Auckland should be petitioning the Government to pass legislation that ensures this sorry state never occurs again.

    And how do they do that. Simple. If a future Mayor OR Councillor engages in acts unbecoming then 5 % of the citizens can petition for a binding referendum requiring a super majority (65%) vote ( to be fair and allow for a low turnout) to recall the Mayor or Councillor in other words sack the bastard and have a new election for their seat.

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  26. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    lastman – cool idea, but don’t forget over ten thousand Aucklanders actually voted for Penny Bright to be their Mayor…

    …I don’t think making it easy for any disaffected small group to wield a big stick is necessarily a good thing!

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  27. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Is the Howick Military Tattoo a serious thing, or is it a LARP event? I can’t tell.

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  28. chris (647 comments) says:

    According to http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/events/Events/Pages/howicklionsintheparkmilitarytattoo.aspx

    Community family day with historic military demonstrations, bands, entertainment.

    There will be a children’s fun fair and lots of food and craft stalls as well as plenty of entertainment.

    Looking at the Facebook photos https://www.facebook.com/pages/Howick-Military-Tattoo/134428906587108 it appears to be a bit of both.

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  29. Tautaioleua (307 comments) says:

    Len Brown has turned down more than 11 interview requests by the NewsTalkZB breakfast programme (the biggest breakfast programme in the country) since the affair broke.

    Quite frankly, it is not good enough for the lord mayor of Auckland to refuse ‘public accountability’ for no good reason. He says it’s a private affair, but why is it having such an impact on his duties as mayor?

    If he can’t handle the heat, he should resign.

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  30. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    RRM Recalls with a super majority are used in many countries and work OK the 5 % is just to get a referendum then you have the vote.
    Lets face it. In Lennies case we could have got the 65% JUST on the petition for a referendum given the Polls. Yes you might get a few wacky ones even at 5% but you don’t want to make the bar too high.

    The Swiss have used this system for decades and their governance is one of the best going IMHO. It means citizens have a real say and ideal when you get the Lennie situation I mean if we have known about Bevin a month before the election Lennie would have been brown bread.

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  31. doggone7 (806 comments) says:

    Tautaioleua

    Public accountability through the newsTalkZB breakfast programme? Excuse my rudeness, but a gaggle of geese, a herd of cows, a flock of sheep – what do you call a collection of arseholes? That’s what would be gathered around the microphone if he went there. I hope he doesn’t let his standards slip by now starting to mix with people like that.

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  32. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    doggone: What an astounding comment…one standard of conduct for the lefties, a different one for everyone else…FFS even Penny Bright and her mate are calling for him to stand down!!

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  33. doggone7 (806 comments) says:

    David Garrett
    Who said anything about standard of conduct? When public accountability has to be through newstalkzb the world of Len Brown would seem to not be such a bad place at all. The last time I looked, God (or any of his relations) did not put them in charge of being the special conduit of stuff of vital interest. You can tell that on hearing Brown turned them down I’m more likely than not to give him a little tick. (to go with all the big crosses.)

    “Even Penny Bright and her mate are calling for him to stand down.” Big deal, whoever they are, their opinion and agendas are no more or less important than anyone else’s.

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  34. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    Pardon my mystification, but I’d have thought that any decent, right-thinking individual who, for whatever reason, was revealed as a philanderer who had betrayed his spousal loyalty to his wife by conducting a sexual liaison with another woman, and who also displayed his evident disregard for the Office of Auckland Mayor by conducting an illicit sexual encounter in the very office occupied by that Mayor, would have the strength of character to accept that his conduct had offended many citizens of Auckland and to offer his resignation as Mayor.

    That he hasn’t done so suggests to me that here we have a man of the very lowest moral character and who is thereby totally unfitted to hold the appointment of Mayor of New Zealand’s largest, and arguably finest, city.

    What other conclusion can one draw?

    The only conclusion a reasonable person can draw from all this is that he is quite devoid of any semblance of normal morality and self regard and is clearly in office – not in the interests of the citizens of Auckland – but solely in the interest of his own material and pecuniary benefit.

    What was it? “Turn again Whittington, Lord Mayor of London?”

    NO!! “Resign now Brown, you’ve disgraced this Town!!”

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  35. notrotsky (84 comments) says:

    In the inimitable acronym of ratesarerevolting..

    LBIAFC !

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  36. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    Just a short PS to my comment, above, at 5.16!

    I should, of course, have said, “….who had betrayed his spousal loyalty to his wife AND PATERNAL LOYALTY TO HIS CHILDREN by conducting a sexual liaison with another woman,…….”

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  37. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    I hope he doesn’t let his standards slip…

    Bwahahahaaaaaaa… Len Brown has ‘standards’ …???

    That statement has as much credibility as someone suggesting Darien Fenton should be the new cover girl for Revlon.

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  38. Steve (North Shore) (4,563 comments) says:

    Len will continue to be an arsehole because he is one.
    ANZAC Day is coming. If Len starts his nonsense at the Glenfield Parade he will need some heavy security. I will not let him grandstand himself as he tried last year.
    You embarrassing little cretin, why don’t you just fuck off?

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  39. Ross12 (1,428 comments) says:

    Brown should resign because of the state of Council finances as well !!

    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/21589679/one-third-of-rates-will-go-towards-paying-interest/

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  40. OneTrack (3,108 comments) says:

    “Public accountability through the newsTalkZB breakfast programme?”

    Len will do anything to avoid any public accountability. Newstalk might ask him some ….. questions. Oh, the horror.

    Better he sticks with the mutual fellating on Campbell.

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  41. KevinH (1,227 comments) says:

    NewsTalk ZB probably couldn’t add to an already crowded chorus singing for Len’s resignation. Hoskins, Smith and Williams would no doubt pose the question ” Why haven’t you resigned” and Len would no doubt reply “It’s a personal matter”.
    It is however excruciating to witness the ongoing public humiliation of Brown, why he doesn’t get the message and go is beyond belief. Browns credibility is totally blown, he is not wanted, and Auckland is now a hamstrung city with him at the helm.

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  42. doggone7 (806 comments) says:

    Right now is it hamstrung because of Brown or because of the paranoid behaviour of others?

    Others who can only see his appalling behaviour and can’t see what needs to be done to get the city moving?

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  43. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    I once felt sorry for the plight of Brown’s family, but as time goes on, it appears they are supportive for the baubles, not unlike Lecher, so are prepared to forget and forgive. He must get to hell out of it now, not wait until weasel Goff gets out of Parliament. The left really piss me off the way they scrounge around troughs of taxpayers’ swill, hanging on at all costs. This example with Brown would be one of the worst, maybe he hopes to replace Cunliffe after he loses the election . . . can’t he is obviously not a rainbow!

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  44. OlderChas (24 comments) says:

    A telling picture of Lenny at another community outing? Sitting with all his friends? http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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  45. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    The question is primarily one of significance and magnitude. Mr Brown’s extramarital affair may have been a lamentable betrayal of his marriage vows, but neither infidelity or adultery are regarded as criminal acts within New Zealand, although they may serve as grounds for divorce…unlike Augustan era Rome, many African nations, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, and the US states of Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Florida and Alabama, although admittedly, the “offence” carries variable penalties and isn’t actively enforced in some US jurisdictions.

    I think the best way to deal with political scandals is to ask the following set of questions to assess magnitude or significance: what is the political culture of the nation in question like? What is the nature of the scandal in question, financial or sexual? What is the magnitude and gravity of the scandal in question- as in, how much money is in stake in terms of a financial scandal, or was there rape or child sexual abuse involved in the case of a sexual scandal?

    Personally, I’m unhappy with aspects of the Brown mayoralty, unlike many other leftist political commentators. However, arguably, this particular scandal is of lesser significance than the corpulent cavortings of the crack cocaine-imbibing Toronto mayor Rob Ford. And granted, some centre-rightists aren’t willing to tolerate them either, so at least they’re consistent.

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