A lot of people have been saying the rules on spending on ministerial credit cards are unclear. Maybe they are in some respects, but one thing they are clear on is alcohol, which is a big problem for Tim Groser and Murray McCully. I/S at No Right Turn explains:
John Key is making excuses for [McCully and Groser] saying:
“Obviously ministers have the right to have a drink from their mini-bar…”
Actually, they don’t – and its right there in black and white in the rules on Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communication Services Available to Members of the Executive:
2. Examples of goods and services that will generally not be paid for:
(i) Alcohol unless it relates to a portfolio/ministerial function
Groser has spent thousands of dollars of our money on minibar drinks, which is clearly against the rules. Murray McCully, too, has spent thousands on minibars.
They’ve got to go.