No, this post isn’t about the 2025 Taskforce, it’s about Rodney Hide’s round the world holiday with his girlfriend on your dime.
Heavily censored official papers reveal that on this 12-day, $100,000 trip (not including the salaries of Hide and the two officials who went with him), Hide spent just 10 hours in meetings on supercities. He big-noted that he would be meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ken Livingstone but the meetings never happened. He then spent three days at a wedding and at a theme park with his girlfriend.
$10,000 an hour for meetings that Hide clearly didn’t learn anything from (if he was even paying attention) because they resulted in no changes to his ideological anti-democracy, pro-privatisation agenda in Auckland.
What a disgrace. What a rip-off. Where are this man’s purported principles? As soon as he’s in power, he’s at the trough.
When will our supposed leader pull these ministers into line?
Not any time soon if his behaviour today is anything to go by. Key couldn’t even be bothered to front up to defend his government in Parliament today – he spent the time having coffee in Parliament’s cafeteria instead.