Getting away this summer? Or having a ‘staycation’ and selling your leave to make ends meet? Are you “jealous” that Key’s off to Maui for 3 weeks, again? Or are you just a bit pissed off to learn that our Minister of Tourism has so far spent over 100 days overseas on holiday since becoming PM, while the average Kiwi’s had just 27 days abroad and tourism here is in crisis?
Yup. Go back and add up the trips to Hawaii and Europe and Maine (when Key just happened to be overseas as the GCSB/Dotcom illegality started to emerge). You get 102 days overseas on holiday (plus 200 for ‘work’, not that there’s a lot to show for it) in the last four years. Not counting this holiday just started.
Stats NZ says the average Kiwi has had 27 days overseas on holiday in the same period.
OK, so dude’s rich and he can’t wait to get out of New Zealand. Of course, no-one should point out that Key takes a lot of expensive holidays and refuses to back our own tourism industry. That would just be ‘jealousy’.
Or is it?
Ask the 7,000 tourism workers who have lost their jobs under Key. What do they think of a Minister of Tourism who chooses to holiday abroad while our country’s tourism revenue is down 20% under his watch?
Are they just jealous of Mr Maui? Or would they like a Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism who put his money where his mouth is and supports his own country? Are they asking too much?