Last week a letter appeared in the DomPost about John Key. If my memory serves me right it was the feature letter along with a photo of Key. Today his response appears, drawing further attention to the original complaint.
Guilty as charged
Ken Wilson asserts (Letters April 13) that by claiming a parliamentary accommodation allowance when I can afford not to do so, I am guilty of rorting the taxpayer.
Such logic can be applied to any of the genuine costs that I incur as an MP, including travel and related expenses.
Rather than my rorting the system, maybe Mr Wilson would like to tally up the immense contribution in terms of family time, the alternative income I could earn were I not in Parliament, and the considerable financial donations I make each year, and then reflect on whether I am rorting the system.
If that makes me guilty of a rort, I stand guilty as charged.
John Key, National MP, Helensville.
The Huddle at 1740
3 minutes ago