We told him here months ago – acknowledge what everybody knows: that he lives in Wellington with his family, and he should claim the out-of-town allowance when he visits Dipton.
That would be the honest thing to do.
Bill says there is a perception problem, and he’s right – but the problem is entirely his. It’s his dedication to the old Tory way, “one law for the rich”.
To argue that he doesn’t benefit from however many hundred dollars a week the taxpayer puts in a family trust to pay to accommodate him is, to put it kindly, crap. The trust probably pays for his kids to attend expensive private schools in Wellington – that’s money from the taxpayer that doesn’t have to come out of his pocket. The worker who said his pay was less than Bill’s perk shows how people who struggle to feed their kids would think of that line.
If Bill thinks he can dodge and weave while the National Party spin machine covers up for him he’s got it dead wrong.