It turns out I understated the latest National ministers’ rort. Not only were the rules changed to allow ministers to have their taxpayer-funded self-drive cars in Wellington while pretending their primary residence was elsewhere so they could claim the taxpayer-funded out of town accommodation allowance, they already had the cars in Wellington before the rule was changed. And that was against the law.
The Civil List Act means that Bill English and the other 10 ministers were breaking the law when they had their cars in Wellington, not at their supposed primary residences. It also means John Key was breaking the law by allowing them to keep their cars when they were violating the rules.
This is an astonishingly corrupt government. The corruption is ubiquitous, all-invasive, and systematic. The top priority of most ministers seem to be filling their own pockets with our money. In answering questions on this latest issue in Parliament yesterday, Gerry Brownlee essentially admitted the corruption but claimed that the fact the government is (incompetently) working on bigger issues justifies petty corruption.
And Key just grins and turns a blind eye to it all, when he’s not actively assisting the corruption.
One more thing: these 10 ministers additional to English who had their taxpayer-funded self-drives in Wellington while their primary residence is elsewhere, are they pulling the Double Dipton too? Are they really living in Wellington while claiming their primary residence is elsewhere so they can get the taxpayer-funded out of town allowance? It looks fishy.