ilovemusic: every day the guy is more of an embarrassment.
all this yibber yabba over whether he broke the rules or not would be moot if the council adopted one simple rule - accept no gifts.
They could also adopt the simple rule - don't tell lies, including by omission.
Gift giving isn't in and of itself a bad thing for politicians. An amazingly large number of important things such as companies setting up offices in one city or another surprisingly hinge on the personal experience of one or two people who actually make the decision. Within this context the giving and receiving of personal gifts can be crucial.
The real problem here is Brown lacks integrity. He got caught, I mean that in all senses. He should step down and seek re-election. Until then it going to be an ongoing embarrassing circus because he did the 'wrong thing' on more than one level and we all know it. Some people will not care about recent events and vote for him, some will care and not vote for him but he hid things and therefore he can't be trusted.