Friday, December 20, 2013

A liar and a hypocrite

So, it turns out that Cameron Brewer, who yesterday supported a motion of no confidence in Len Brown for failing to disclose gifts received as mayor, failed to disclose a corporate-funded junket to Australia:

Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer, who has been baying for Mayor Len Brown's blood for not declaring gifts, has admitted not declaring a four-day junket to the Gold Coast.

Mr Brewer yesterday admitted taking free air tickets and accommodation paid for by MediaWorks, which runs TV3.

The right-wing councillor said he made a declaration of interests in 2011, but not in 2012, which would cover the period he went to Queensland.

[In fact, he didn't make a declaration for 2011, because the interest register didn't exist then. So he's a liar as well as a hypocrite]

By his own standards, shouldn't Brewer be being investigated, humiliated, and formally censured, while being made to pay for the costs of the investigation? Or are the rules different for right-wingers?

And again: interest registers exist for good reason: so we can make sure that our politicians are clean. Brewer's refusal to fill one out is a failure to perform the basic functions of the job, and the natural conclusion is that he has something to hide.