Thursday, August 13, 2009

Once a perkbuster...

What fun. ACT's leader, Rodney Hide, is back banging the bust-the-perks drum;

His Act colleague Sir Roger Douglas used his 90 per cent discount to fly himself and his wife to Britain to visit family, but Mr Hide scoffed at claims from former MPs that it should remain.

"If you're an ex-MP and you've got the perk, of course you'd love it. But it was another time in New Zealand.

"It's hard to believe we ever did that, but that's how things used to operate. There were always perks in doing jobs and now there aren't perks.

"That goes right across New Zealand, and Parliament should be the same," Mr Hide said.

Claims the travel subsidy was part of the employment package at the time and compensation for accepting lower salaries were rubbish, he said.

This is pure, unadulterated, put'em up Hide. It is also damage control. Douglas' attitude towards his perks has detracted badly from ACT's core ethic. Hide's workload is doubled by not just having to work to build support but work to hang on to it.

Meantime another intransigent trough snuffler, Sir Douglas Graham, has some advice for us;

"You better keep paying your taxes".


twr said...

Is that a bridge I see burning Lindsay?

Manolo said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one disappointed in Roger Douglas, and what has Rodney done about it? Kept silent, as far as I can tell.

If the "entitlement' mentality got hold of Sir Roger, what can you expect of the common citizen?

Doom and gloom await us.