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8:58 am, October 28th, 2015 - 207 comments
Categories: john key, Minister for Overseas Holidays, national, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: jonathan coleman, rugby world cup
National, the party of careful management of the country’s finances and the party that opposed to any unjustified spending of tax money it created its own pet union, has engaged in expenditure that should do more than raise a few eyebrows. John Key and Jonathan Coleman are attending the Rugby World Cup on the taxpayer’s tab.
According to the Herald Bill English thinks that New Zealanders will not mind footing the bill. From the article:
Mr English told TV One’s Breakfast that New Zealanders were getting value for money from his colleagues’ travel.
That was because they were attending a wide range of other events and meetings while in Europe, and not just the rugby.
“I think New Zealanders would expect some form of representation from the government in the form of the sports minister and the Prime Minister to actually be at this game. Do you think we should stay home because we can’t afford it?” Mr English said.
“The Prime Minister is over there largely because of the free trade agreement launch with Europe, and that’s why the Trade Minister [Tim Groser] is there. So, actually they are economising.”
Andrew Little did the right thing by paying for his expenses.
The English defence should be used by the next social welfare beneficiary facing a charge of benefit fraud because they could not make ends meet. If New Zealanders do not mind it must be OK.
And no sign of any opposition from the Taxpayer’s union. I wonder why?