The Nats, who claim that there’s no relationship between the National Party and the Waitemata trust, now want you to believe that there is no relationship between BMW international and a BMW franchise. Yeah right.
Back in the real world, it all looks pretty sus. The government decide to renew the order for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bum warming BMW limos, and just two days later Team McMillan, a BMW franchise in Auckland, donated $50,000 to the National Party. Nice. But that isn’t the end of the link between the Nats and the franchise. What’s going to happen to the “old” limos?
Dealer who gave Nats $50k eyes Govt BMWs
A private dealer is interested in buying the Government’s ministerial BMWs when they come up for sale, but rejects the suggestion that a $50,000 donation will sweeten its chances. …
Team McMillan managing director Bob McMillan said he would be interested in the BMWs.
“Any prestige car dealer would. If they put a tender notice in the paper listing these cars … I dare say there’d be an awful lot of bees around the honey pot and we would be one of them.”
And so the circle is complete. So how many pots of honey will Team McMillan get? How many ex government limos will they be allocated? I think there’ll be quite a lot of interest in the answer to that question.
Gentle readers, let’s crowd source “Beemer Watch”. Post in Open Mike with any observations of ex limos showing up in franchises round the country. We’d be fascinated to hear how many arrive at Team McMillan of course. (And I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t a reporter or two going to OIA that one.) If you have anything particularly interesting, drop us an email.
And while we’re on the subject of Beemers, extra points to any of the Standard’s little gnomes who can snap a picture of Bill English in the Dunedin based limo on one of his rare visits down South. Because, in what must surely rank as one of the most bizarre and wasteful aspects of this whole BMW fiasco, English has promised not to use it:
English declines hot seat while travelling in South
Bill English is refusing to sit in the hot seat.
The Finance Minister and Clutha-Southland MP confirmed he did not authorise the heated seat feature for the Dunedin-based ministerial limousine, and now refuses to use the vehicle, which will arrive soon.
I think it’s a bloody stupid promise myself, but as Bill has made it, let’s all help him keep it shall we? Dunedin airport seems like a particularly likely venue. Operation Beemer Watch in 3.. 2.. 1.. lift off!