So there I was, just a walking down the street, and $47,000 just fell out of the sky in tax free readies, bam, right in to my lap! Like I was Bill English or something!
What – that never happened to you? Me neither. We have to work for our money. Actually I guess Bill had to work for the $47,000 extra top up to his salary that he planned to collect this year. There was a bit of paperwork. According to The Herald, rules had to be changed to make this special treatment possible. And there was the matter of the legal positioning:
In March this year the title was transferred to Mrs English. The home, now worth an estimated $1.2 million, is owned by a family trust.
Question to Mr Key: “When you said he changed the trust arrangement after the election, and that was the thing that qualified him for the Ministerial Services allowance, and yet he didn’t do it to qualify for the allowance, it was just a coincidence?”
Mr Key: “That’s my understanding.”
Did you ever have a $47,000 coincidence? Me neither!
(PS: The Tui billboard thing has been done to death, but seriously, did Key manage to keep a straight face with that answer? If so I’d hate to play him at poker.)