This is an Open Letter to those on Auckland’s City Council – specifically those right wing Councillors who are now ‘gunning’ for Len Brown’s resignation. I refer to Councillors Dick Quax, Cameron Brewer, Christine Fletcher – though others should take note as well.
Are you purer than virgin snow?
Holier than the Pope?
More innocent than a newborn lamb?
I hope so.
Because just in case it may have escaped your attention, politics in this country just got a whole lot dirtier and smellier.
It may have started with the so-called “expose” by the Sultan of Sleaze, Cameron Slater, and aided and abetted by others connected to the Palino mayoral campaign-camp (John Slater, Luigi Wewege, et al) – but certain right-wing Councillors have ramped up the temperature to white-heat by demanding Brown’s resignation.
All because Mayor Len Brown wasn’t found guilty of mis-using Council funds – he was found “guilty” of not declaring free hotel rooms and free hotel room upgrades.
Brown is guilty of gross stupidity – especially for accepting freebies from SkyCity – but these are not offences demanding a resignation and a million dollar mayoral by-election.
If Aucklanders want to waste a million bucks on a needless by-election, then they have been spending too much time on their motorways breathing in mind-altering engine fumes.
But back to my point.
Quax, Brewer, et al, need to be 100% that they themselves have led blameless careers whilst in local body politics.
Have they declared everything?
Cr Brewer – one of Brown’s staunchest critics – seems to have been caught out as well,
If Brown goes – Brewer must resign as well. No ifs or buts. Just p*ss of.
And to the remaining opponants to Len Brown – you are all on notice. Your actions from now on will be under a microscope and every blogger in this country will keenly scrutinising your actions.
If you so much as spit on the footpath, we’ll know.
You better make sure every donation is scrupulously recorded; every allowance legally claimed; every freebie faithfully registered; every action fully justifiable.
Because a million eyes will be watching. And we’ll know.
And not just left wing bloggers either. There are even Right Wing bloggers like David Farrar who take a dim view of liars,
(Kudos to David Farrar for taking a principled stand on this issue.)
So let’s hope that Brown’s detractors sitting around the Auckland Council table are squeaky clean and, like Caesar’s wife, are above suspicion.
The bar has been raised.
Expectations are now higher.
And precedent has been established.
So, behave yourselves.
We’ll be watching.
A note to Len Brown.
Dear gods, let this be an end to it.
The next time you F**K up, it won’t be Quax, Brewer, Slater, et al, calling for your arse to be chucked out – it will be left wing bloggers. And we will be even more relentless and merciless.
Radio NZ: Mayor’s critic didn’t declare trip
Kiwiblog: Not in a relationship!
The Daily Blog: Len Old Friend: This Is Why You Must Stand Down
The Dim Post: Thinking my way through the whole Len Brown thing
The Standard: Ernst and Young should investigate Cameron Brewer
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