The National Party smear machine is stepping up its attack on soon-to-be Auckland mayor Len Brown. Worried that Key’s handpicked candidate John Banks is falling behind, the right is resorting to smearing his left-wing rival.
The National Party’s David Farrar is even suggesting a “cover-up” and “fraud” at the Manukau Council. Is panic setting in at the thought of losing Auckland?
The right-wing spin machine is referring to an article in the Sunday Star Times, which states that council staff asked a restaurant to “make up” a receipt for a dinner that was held by Brown. Of the right conveniently ignore general usage, that to “make up” a bill simply refers to writing one out.
It may very simply be the case that council staff could not find the original receipt, so asked the restaurant to make one up for them (not as in ‘invent’ but ‘do’). As those facts read, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that state of affairs.
Brown has already agreed that using his Council credit card and paying back the bill was unacceptable. Trying to drag this issue out by further making ridiculous insinuations without any concrete proof won’t work. The polls show the people of Auckland like Len Brown.
Under the assumption that Banks would win National gave the Super City Mayor huge powers. Now that their candidate looks like he isn’t going to cut it, their attempts to smear Brown just look petty.