Brown's office has as many staff as the Prime Minister
31 January 2014
Reacting to this
morning’s report in the National Business Review that
Auckland Mayor, Len Brown, has as many staff in his office
as the Prime Minister, Executive Director of the
Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams, says:
Brown’s put together an army of advisors, spin doctors and
political staff, all paid for by Auckland ratepayers. The
share number indicate they’re not there to look after the
public, they’re there to look after Len Brown.”
the age of Outlook and the iPhone, why does Len Brown need
two full-time diary managers?”
“On top of all this, in
recent months ratepayers have been footing the bill for a
mayoral security detail which appears to be more about
quelling protesters than security.”
The NBR article is available.
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