What a massive sense of entitlement these Nats have. Bill English rorting the taxpayer for tens of thousands in accommodation allowances by pretending that he lives in Dipton. (After Key “reformed” the allowance system, and just as we predicted, ministers are claiming even more cash.) Murray McCulley ignoring the advice of other ministers to rack up more than $60,000 in costs using defence force aircraft to fly him to and from Vanuatu. Phil Heatley using his chauffeur driven car to run round after his family holiday. Pansy Wong abusing the the MPs travel perk. John Key himself, with his love of helicopters (both military and private), and now his latest $800,000 blow out on personal escort services (of the diplomatic kind). And of course the bum warming BMWs, the list goes on and on.
Last night we learned of the latest entry in this roll call of largesse, take a bow Judith Collins:
Collins’ taxpayer-funded petrol bills top $11,000
Police Minister Judith Collins has spent more than $11,000 of public money running her taxpayer-funded car for private use. An investigation by 3 News has found Ms Collins has not broken any rules by spending that much, but it does come on top of her use of a chauffeur-driven limousine and a salary package of $264,000. …
When asked why her petrol bills are so high, Ms Collins answered: “All my petrol bills are within the rules”.
Those rules have seen Ms Collins spend $11,536.96 of taxpayer money on fuel since National took power. That’s about $220 a week from the public purse for her Mazda 6. “If you look at where I live and the travel I have to do, that accounts for it,” she says. But Ms Collins spends a lot of times in her chauffeur-driven BMW. The rules say the “self-drive” car can be used “at the member’s discretion”. That means someone else can use it.
But when questioned on just who uses the car, Ms Collins reiterated – over and over again – “all the use of my vehicle is within the rules”.
The Nats sure do like their life in the fast lane don’t they. The reason that Collins can only keep repeating that the spending is “within the rules” is because she knows it’s wrong. It’s wrong to let your family members bill their petrol to the taxpayer, whether the rules allow it or not. Remind me again now, who was it that said:
It is all within the rules, but so were most of the rorts in the UK. As David Cameron said, the issue is not the rules, but whether the behaviour is ethical and correct.