Rodney’s golden handshake

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 4th, 2011 - 18 comments
Categories: don brash, john key, rodney hide - Tags:

Don Brash was clear that he wanted Rodney Hide to lose his portfolios and leave parliament. Until yesterday. Now Hide will stay on as a lame duck minister with nothing to do for seven months. Will pocket an extra $35,000 salary for his trouble. I wonder what Hide secrets threatened Brash and Key with to get this taxpayer-funded golden handshake.

Lame duck ministers: a nice to have?

18 comments on “Rodney’s golden handshake”

  1. randal 1

    I think donnie brashko should start a lithium programme. soon. making a lot of noise is not exactly the same as doing somethng and the last act will be the final solution.

  2. felix 2

    I don’t think Rodney would roll over like that for 35 grand, considering it’s likely to be the last money he’ll get out of politics.

    Would he?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      A couple of SOE board memberships after the election, and a cut of a private prison would make it tastier.

      • felix 2.1.1

        Yeah there’s got to be a bit more in it for him.

        Oh he still gets all those lifetime travel perks too, doesn’t he?

        Reckon he’ll use them?

        • Bored

          No way, he is far too honest and upright! But if he does I think a cancellation of the privelege whilst he is off shore might be just what the doctor ordered.

    • Bored 2.2

      He gonna need the $35K to pay for the baby sitter..I reckon there is justice in Wodders having to waltz around the house carrying a crying baby at 2.30am…dont pay him.

  3. Julian Haworth 3

    I see Brash will be over 71 at the election. Judges retire at 70……

    • Bored 3.1

      Yes, at 70 Don is fit for another marriage or two, along with the requisite marriage busting affairs…see what powers an amazingly boring aspect backed by corned beef sandwiches can give a man.

  4. Amazing the king of the perk busters is busted for clinging to the baubles of office.

    Where is your shame Rodney, where is your shame?

  5. Lanthanide 5

    Brash said there were 2 policies they wanted to get through to first reading. TV1 tried to find out what they were, and concluded that 1 of them doesn’t even exist yet, but will be drafted and put before parliament in the coming months.
    Boyfriend noted that this means it is purely for electioneering purposes. It’s a bill that seems to indicate from it’s name (can’t remember it specifically, sorry) the government shouldn’t be borrowing money to pay for normal services.

  6. You’ve miscalculated.

    MPs cease being MPs from polling day. Ministers continue in office after polling day (for up to 28 days).

    After that max 28 days, he’ll then get three months salary at the rate for an ordinary MP (he would not get this if he resigned).

  7. Retire the climate denier: Don’t let Brash slash – Keep the Don Key out of Govt!

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    And now Hide is saying that he doesn’t wanna leave parliament.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Let’s hope Hide is suffering a bad case of buyers regret. Bought off, now regretting. This game is not over yet, Brash is still a no body outside Parliament.

  9. Anne 9

    Umm… I’m sure Don and Rod have plenty of dirt on each other. Could there be an unspoken gentlemen’s agreement between them?

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      The agreement was probably hashed out in painful uncompromising detail, rather than being a gentlemen’s one, I suspect.

  10. Anne 10

    Agreed CV but I refer to the almost certain presence of an elephant in that room. One that both ‘gentlemen’ would have recognised was there…

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