Movies. Massages. Golf clubs: "Using their ministerial credit cards like personal cheque accounts," bless ‘em. [Update 3]
Yep, the latest spending figures are out for the country’s biggest beneficiaries, your politicians, who spend your money like water when they’re signing off as ministers, and spend it like a torrential flood when they’re signing off on their own personal spending—at least when you’re paying for it. Chris Carter. Tim Groser. Shane Jones. Parekura Horomia. Mita Ririnui. Drinks. Movies. Magazines. Massages. Golf clubs. "Using their ministerial credit cards like personal cheque accounts." Just another day spending ministerial perks, eh bro.
Chris Carter for one has gone on the offensive, saying his own spending (if not that of his colleagues) is mistaken rather than dishonest.
And sure, the amounts we’re talking about in absolute terms here are risible, at least in comparision with the multi-billions of your dollars they spend in their day job; but what their willingness to whip out their taxpayer-funded credit card to spend up large on themselves demonstrates all too well is the attitude in which they hold your money, and the care with which they spend it (or lack thereof).
And you might want to ask yourself, if they’re this careless over their personal spending, do you really want people like this in charge of spending 43% of this country’s GDP? Because you keep voting for them as if you do.
Which means, dear reader, that their wastefulness is really your fault.
UPDATE 2: Clearly missing the attention herself, Annette King offers up some unfortunate imagery in response to Plane Shane’s taxpaid porno problem:
I think she needs a new quip-writer.
UPDATE 3: For those who say that Kiwiblog is dead, it’s worth pointing out he can still spot gold like this:
“Twitter has been hilarious today, with scores of people tweeting suggested titles for Shane’s movies. The Twitter channel is here, and well worth following. Some of the suggested titles are:
- Hung Parliament
- Black Rod
- Foreign Affairs
- Chief whip
- The Honourable Member
- Erect Committee
- Private Secretary
- Ministerial Probe
- De-Briefing the Minister
- Yes! Yes! Minister
- Anti Smacking, Pro Spanking
- Loves Labour Tossed
- Withdraw And Apologise
- Mixed Member Proportional
- The bi-election
- The Thick Of It
- Ejaculated from the house
- The State of Head
- Crouching Taniwha, Horny Dragon
- Debbie does Dannevirke
- Emissions Trading Scheme
- Rainbow Lay-bour
“And many many more. They keep coming in every few seconds. So many wits.”