David Cohen wrote about an unpaid invoice in his National Business Review column last week, noting that while Andrew Little had been talking up small business and workers' rights, it made life harder as a freelancer when people did not pay their bills.
Mr Little said the invoice - for about $1000 - has now been paid, but refused to say whether it was after National's Steven Joyce raised the matter during yesterday's question time in Parliament...
Mr Cohen said he could not help but think it was Mr Joyce's question that prompted the payment.
"I think it's reasonable to surmise that after four months of prodding that the intention was not to pay it, so I can only imagine somebody possibly scurried to a computer and effected the payment."
Mr Little said the timing was not the point, it was the fact that he had paid the bill.
I once had a gang member offer to chase a debt for me. I declined, politely. People should pay up without pressure being brought to bear. Any other scenario merely highlights their shabby, dodgy, dishonesty. Of course "timing" is the point Mr Little. It is going to be very difficult for you to keep throwing stones in the future.