So the first thing I do is put the whole Bevan Chuang, Cameron Slater, Luigi Wewege, John Palino, John Slater sleazefest to one side for a minute. Then get a bit of perspective by asking myself: Danyl? How would you feel if a right-wing politician secretly took $39,000* from a casino company to cheat on his wife while he was lobbying to have the law changed to benefit that casino company and then lied about it to the public?
Well, my reaction to that would be that the hypothetical right-wing politician was a disgusting, corrupt untrustworthy crook and that he’d disgraced his office and should resign. Which means – since I think politicians should be held to the same standard irrespective of their political allegiances – that I think Len Brown is disgusting, corrupt etc and should resign. That was pretty easy!
Update: The amount of free hotel rooms received from Sky City was less than the report’s $39,000 total, and the actual value of the free hotel rooms is a subject for debate. But the substance is the same. Politician took freebies from casino while promoting a law change that would favor them, didn’t disclose it and then lied about it.