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Brian Rudman is a NZ Herald feature writer and columnist.

Brian Rudman: Don't worry Mayor, no apology is necessary

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Cameron Slater seems to have forgotten what century he's living in, writes Rudman. Photo / NZPA
Cameron Slater seems to have forgotten what century he's living in, writes Rudman. Photo / NZPA

The Slater family failed to defeat Len Brown by masterminding John Palino's campaign in last week's mayoral election, so now we have a dirty blow beneath the belt.

Former National Party president and Palino campaign manager John Slater couldn't topple the Mayor fairly, now his son, Cameron, is trying to humiliate him out of office.

Cameron Slater seems to have forgotten what century he's living in. Marital infidelity is hardly a sacking offence in this day and age. The sleazy and infuriated out-pourings of the discarded mistress on his website might have shocked his grandparents' generation, but today it's more likely to raise little more than the odd snigger, and feelings of sympathy for Mr Brown's family. What his Labour Party friends might think of him sleeping with a class enemy - a dreaded Citrat - is another matter.

One-time US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote of power being the ultimate aphrodisiac, and Mr Brown is hardly the first politician to discover this.

But as long as he seems to have been able to fit in his extra-curricular activities with the job we elected him to do, I, as a ratepayer, don't expect any apology. As for the mistress, it takes two to tango.

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- NZ Herald

Brian Rudman

Brian Rudman is a NZ Herald feature writer and columnist.

Brian Rudman's first news story was for Auckland University student paper Outspoke, exposing an SIS spy on campus during the heady days of the Vietnam War. It resulted in a Commission of Inquiry and an award for student journalist of the year. A stint editing the Labour Party's start-up Auckland newspaper NZ Statesman followed. Rudman decided journalism was the career for him, but the NZ Herald and Auckland Star thought otherwise when he came job-hunting. After a year on the "hippy trail" overland to London, he spent four years on Fleet St with various British provincial papers. He then joined the Auckland Star, winning the Dulux Journalist of the Year award for coverage of the 1976 Dawn Raids against Polynesian overstayers. He has also worked on the NZ Listener, Auckland Sun, and since 1996, for the NZ Herald as feature writer and columnist. He has a BA in History and Politics.

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