Uh, I did say I thought that extramarital nookery wasn't a sackable offence, remember? However, he did use council funds to finance his personal dalliance with Ms. Chuang. And as for the irrelevance of his council's more conservative policies to this situation, it's ironic that the moralists calling for his neck are those who praised him precisely for those anti-sexworker and anti-transient civic ordinances.
Come on, is this bloke really the Auckland Left's great white hope?
Sorry, I refuse to give Len Brown a free bus ticket, given that he backs destructive attacks on Manukau City street sex workers, many of whom are transgender and therefore part of my LGBT community through backing the Manukau City (Regulating Prostitution in Specified Places), as well his council's anti-beggar bans.
Critical scrutiny of Brown's unethical actions is therefore justifiable. I don't think he should be forced out of office merely for extramarital sex, but misuse of council funds does render the issue more serious.
It's interesting to compare this to Canada's equivalent Toronto imbroglio with its own scandal-ridden, embattled Mayor, Rob Ford (although he's aligned to Canada's Conservative Party)...
Malignant past and present figures who may shuffle off this mortal coil in the not too distant future...
Pat Robertson, past US televangelist and Republican presidential aspirant- 83
Ian Paisley, former Northern Ireland First Minister and fundamentalist
Protestant agitator- 87
Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI- 86
Fred Nile, fundamentalist homophobe and NSW Legislative Councillor- 79
George H.Bush- former Republican US President- 89
Lord Norman Tebbit, Thatcher era relic- 82
John Howard, former Australian Prime Minister- 74 [sadly, this is a long-term prospect]
Fortunately, none of the great and good from the past seems to be in this category- apart from
Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown Desmond Tutu- 82
And what about the severity of the accidents in which stoned drivers are involved? Are we talking injury? If so, what kind? Were there any fatalities? How do long-time jurisdictions take care of prevention education in this context?
Fascinating. So, can we find out more about this stoned driving legislative reform in the States? And is there any uniform measure of intoxication that can be cited in this context? How do they tackle it in other jurisdictions where cannabis has been decriminalised? What about other health and safety issues?
Graeme, how much cost to the :) consumer and taxpayer :) is there in this litigation?
I still miss Brunswick from the nineties and early noughties...(sigh)...
Arrgh! Has anyone read Matt McCarten's latest inept defence of the Dismal Duo's Radio Live brainmelt in the Herald?