That’s a very strange claim. Banks is in no position to stand for mayor of Auckland.
“You’re a lame duck” “You’re a lame duck” “You’re a lame duck” “You’re being called a lame duck. You must go.”
@Inventory2 @FranOSullivan @nzherald Oh, sorry. Um, thank you! But I’m not impressed with Brown either.
Is it time for Len Brown to stand down?: An editorial in the country’s largest newspaper adds to the debate
The pressure is mounting on embattled Auckland Mayor Len Brown to call it quits.
The Herald’s argument that Len Brown must go or the democratically-elected councillors will win may not go down so well with councillors.
Why do media etc say public figures MUST resign rather than SHOULD?
@mayorlenbrown will do whatever he wants. There is no MUST
Editorial: Brown must go for the good of the Super City – National – NZ Herald News
Todd Niall is unusually blunt on RNZ: says the Herald’s Brown-must-go editorial is strangely-timed and its logic “doesn’t really stack up”.
I get it, Herald. It’s like Auckland’s own 9/11 pic.twitter.com/z5B3NKC5Bv
Herald editorial mistaken in thinking authoritative rather than inclusive leadership is key to Auckland Council success
If this morning’s NZ Herald front page was designed to create a stir, it has been a spectacular success…
Herald Editorial says Brown should go
@kaupapa @Zagzigger He’s been able to work productively with disparate groups on council. That was the key to his first term, really.
@publicaddress @kaupapa Thats his main value? Is that viable now?
@Zagzigger @kaupapa We’ll have a better idea of that after tomorrow.
@nzherald claim the high ground against Brown when it runs rape apologism, endorsement of police-on-women violence & suicide boasts?
IMO Brown is a person of little integrity and an average mayor, but the mayor isn’t
@nzherald‘s to choose. Do you hate democracy now too?
But seriously, it must suck for the
@nzherald‘s good writers (there are many) who have to share a platform with the Daily Mail-esque shit
@MorganGodfery the argument from many is democracy requires an informed vote: Aucklanders didn’t know these things at the election.
@GraemeEdgeler @MorganGodfery people are not obliged to follow Herald – trouble is not many people saying Len must start – apart from Len
I am still baffled about why Len Brown needed to stay at hotels so often, only 30minutes drive from his home.
We need a “Brown’s Law”
“Len Brown’s behaviour and refusal to resign has highlighted council and public impotence in the face of serious transgression by a mayor.”
Len Brown should quit – paper
The mayor’s office this morning declined to comment on the editorial but said Brown would be making a full statement to tomorrow’s meeting of the council.
@dylanhorrocks @kaupapa @Zagzigger That will be clearer *after* we’ve heard from the councillors tomorrow. The editorial’s timing is strange.
Because the councillors will publicly indicate their willingness to continue working with Brown.
The belief that they will try – and that that would be bad – is the basis of the editorial’s argument.
But as Todd Niall pointed out, that’s a premature and illogical assumption.
tho -they know the editorial opinion of the local paper – for what its worth
Time to pack up, Len ~ EDITORIAL
When the Herald, a generally reasonably balanced paper, has a front page, huge headline telling you to quit, you get second thoughts right?
former Mayor in the Docks, current Mayor in the dog house… Auckland, when are you going to take responsibility for who you actually elect
Len Brown says it’s been his “annus horribilis” and he’s been copping “a fair old whack around the ears”:
Auckland mayor Len Brown has lamented his ‘annus horribilis’ in an interview this morning and reiterated that his failure to declare hotel freebies was due to ‘a lack of clarity’.
“Secondly, I just didn’t bring my mind to it clearly enough … if you received an upgrade, or a complimentary [room], if it was over $300, then you should declare it.
“I’ve put my hand up to that and said `hey, you know we could have been much, much clearer and lucid around that and got better instruction and understanding.
“I was also thinking, ‘hey, look this has nothing to do with the council, this has nothing to do with spending ratepayers’ money’.
“I’m wiser in hindsight, well chastened and I suspect that it’s just not me, there’d be many sitting around the council table who’ll be thinking back on their declarations and wondering, ‘hey, did I declare that upgrade in the aeroplane?’.”
‘Lack of clarity’ is bollocks, the mayor should know basic disclosure procedures and be aware of potential conflicts of interest.
“Certainly the last few weeks have provided something of a reflection for me … It’s been really, really tough and not just in the public eye obviously, [but also] for us as a family, for me as a husband and a dad – it’s been really difficult to confront that and that’s where the damage has been most profound.”
The damage has been most profound for Brown at home where his wife can sack him, but where he can’t be sacked, Auckland City Council, the damage continues to accumulate.
Haven’t we heard enough of Len Brown’s dirty talk aready? Now he’s telling us about his annus. Just stop.
Herald calls for mayor to step down
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has lost the support of his home-town newspaper.
NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy
So, once again the NZ Herald editors show their right wing leanings. The front page of the hard copy today is pure partisan propaganda.
The NZ Herald is trying to preempt and manipulate the outcome of tomorrow’s public meeting. Their front page is pure propaganda and (pre) electioneering.
Shame on them!
On left wing blogs NZ Herald is called right wing, on right wing blogs it’s called left wing.
Surely at this point we need more information about who contributed to Mayor Len’s election campaign
First it was Jesus, now he is channelling the Queen
The Queen’s annus horribilis: separation of the parents of four of her Grandchildren, and her home burning down. Len Brown’s: re-election.
The councillors so far planning to vote no confidence in Len Brown are from the right. So its really about politics, not morality or ethics
Wow. NONE of the five councillors who want to sack Len Brown made their own declarations of interest last year:
Mayor lacks ‘honesty, integrity and credibility’ – five Auckland councillor
A quarter of Auckland councillors have signalled they will try to pass a no-confidence motion about the mayor at tomorrow’s 10 am governing body meeting at the Auckland Town Hall, according to a just released statement by councillor Cameron Brewer.
They are expected to debate and vote on a motion that says: “The governing body notes that Len Brown lacks the essential leadership credentials of judgement, honesty, integrity, and credibility and, as a result, councillors have lost confidence in his ability to carry out his duties as mayor of Auckland.”
The five councillors, Dick Quax, Linda Cooper, Mr Brewer, Sharon Stewart and Denise Krum have told other councillors of their intentions. They want more councillors to join them tomorrow in supporting the stronger motion, according to Mr Brewer’s statement.
Len Brown says he won’t resign over breaches of the council’s code of conduct, and wants the city to let him get on with the job
Len Brown affair: Reader reaction: Today the New Zealand Herald took the rare step of running our editorial
Goin, going… Len Brown: Councillors call for no-confidence vote – National – NZ Herald News http://nzh.tw/11174578 via
Am told Auckland Council has been polling people on their confidence in Auckland Council
If the PM can ignore nearly a million voters Len Brown can be cool ignoring a major crowd of twenty from Remuera
For first time, Brown does not rule out resignation
RAW DATA: TVNZ’s Lisa Owen questions Len Brown:
LO: What do you think of the views of these people [street protestors] here, behind you?
LB: They’re expressing their own view democratically and I accept that and acknowledge it.
LO: How determined are you to stay in position as the mayor of Auckland?
LB: Oh, I think that we will just, um, await for an assessment of the council tomorrow and then we’ll go from there.
LO: Are you determined to stay on in your job or are you considering resigning?
LB: Look, I’m just listening to what has been said and then we’ll reflect on the final decision tomorrow from the council
LO: Are you leaving the door open then to resignation, it sounds like you are?
LB: Look, I just think that it’s important for the… (heckling) it’s going to be really hard to get interviewed here
Len Brown ‘will go’ – commentator: The embattled Auckland mayor will go sooner or later, says a political comm…
Mr Trotter said he thinks Mr Brown will go.
“He should resign, I believe because he can no longer lead Auckland effectively,” he said.