Bright & Berry Team Up
Bright & Berry Team Up
Anti-Corruption watchdog Penny Bright and Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry are teaming up to organise the Len Brown Stand Down March on Saturday February 22. It will depart from Britomart at 12 noon, travelling up Queen Street on route to Airedale Street. While the third and fourth placed Mayoral candidates ran against each other in the 2013 election, they both agree it is important for Brown opponents from across the spectrum to work together to unseat the Mayor. The pair have now thrown their support behind a new Len Brown Stand Down Coalition dedicated to this task.
Stephen Berry said today, “The whole purpose of the Len Brown Stand Down march has always been to create a unified coalition of those who are demanding the Mayor resign. We will probably disagree on other issues, we may even disagree on the reasons why Brown should resign. However, we are united in the opinion that Len Brown is completely unsuitable to be the Mayor of Auckland and needs to resign as soon as possible.”
“The coalition of Len Brown Stand Down participants are now focused on appearing at as many of Brown’s public appearances as possible and maintaining the pressure on him to quit the job. A contingent appeared at Walker Park in Point Chevalier last Thursday where the Mayor was welcoming the Broncos NRL team. Persistence was rewarded when Len’s attempt to make a quick escape from our protests turned farcical. His car was blocked in by a Bronco’s bus parked across the exit and protestors surrounded the Mayoral vehicle while attempts were made to find the person with the keys to the Bronco’s bus.”
Berry was also joined by other Coalition members on Monday 17 to form a welcoming committee for Len outside the Onehunga RSA. Unfortunately they, along with several groups of media, were not permitted inside the meeting. Berry wonders if Brown is trying to socially engineer future engagements to avoid being held accountable in front of audiences from now on.
Len Brown will have to keep one eye over his shoulder on Friday as Len Brown Stand Down protests follow him around more official engagements. Berry is adamant that “we will not stop until Len Brown Stands Down!”