Beneficiary Bill and “Roger the Taxpayer.” Two graduates of the entitlement culture running right from the top to the bottom of the New Zealand political tree. Two people with their hands in your pocket – two moochers who saw a racket, and wanted in on it. Two looters – one of whom as minister of finance increased the total tax take, the other of whom increased the total deficit. Two bludgers, neither of whom ever saw an “entitlement” they didn’t want part of.
Two of the country’s most highly-paid beneficiaries, with morals to match.
Seems to me that whatever claims to moral authority either of them might have had once, and any such claims must be vanishingly small, their studied and unrepentant fleecing of the taxpayers has now destroyed it. As Adam at The Inquiring Mind says, “Bill English has committed the cardinal sin of being the resident of a glass house who has commenced to throw stones. He may not have ‘broken the rules’ but he has undoubtedly diminished his ability to speak with any authority . . . “ Given Douglas’s previous reputation, that goes double for him.
Frankly, except for the occasional party zealot, who are out in force even now insisting neither of these bludgers has done anything wrong, who would ever again take seriously anything either of them has to say on taxing, spending, belt-tightening, economising, responsibility, or honesty. Who could?