You almost have to admire Rodney Hide for his total contempt for political reality. He has managed to annoy aged GoldCard users with his comments on their off-peak free use of public transport. As felix accurately states:-
There’s also a horrible irony in Hide opposing publicly funded transport for people who aren’t him or his girlfriend.
From the North Shore Times we have “Readers attack Rodney Hide“.
Senior citizens are furious at Act Party leader Rodney Hide’s suggestion New Zealand should stop giving the elderly a free ride on off-peak public transport.
Mr Hide’s comment to the North Shore Times that it’s a “luxury that New Zealand can’t afford” has hit a raw nerve with many residents.
The words of one angry letter writer that “his hypocrisy is beyond belief” sum up the feelings of the many people who gave us their views.
“This is the man who took his girlfriend to London at taxpayers’ expense under the discredited parliamentary MP travel scheme.
“If he wants to save $18 million the MPs much-rorted travel perks should be cancelled, and maybe then he can look at the SuperGold Card travel concessions if he is that insensitive and politically stupid.”
Letter writers are also angered at Mr Hide’s mention of plans to rebuild Christchurch as one of the budget pressures that should prompt a rethink of travel concessions.
Even for Rodney Hide, the author of such political disasters as “The Super-shitty” and “How not to sack a deputy”, this is a monumental political own goal. Sure you can understand Rodney dislikes Winston Peters, who also panders to the same redneck audience as Act. After all Rodney expended a lot of effort in 2008 to eliminate NZ First and to try to collect some of NZ First voters. It must be galling to Rodney to see NZF so far ahead of Act in recent polls and you can understand some of his frustrations.
But attacking the GoldCard just because it was something that NZF brought in seems somewhat politically insensitive – bearing in mind Rodney’s previous rorting in the public trough.
hat-tip Cathy Casey.
Her facebook comment was the curt and accurate…
The answer is easy. If you don’t vote for Rodney Hide, he doesn’t get in.