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February 23, 2010

Base is the slave that pays

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 11:06 am

Via Stuff:

Prime Minister John Key says he is disappointed in his ministers for “stupid” mistakes revealed by inquiries into the use of taxpayer funded credit cards by Government ministers.

Two senior government ministers have apologised this morning and one has handed in his ministerial credit card after admitting they misused taxpayer money.

Mr Brownlee said he had now returned his ministerial credit card “so there can be no future confusion over what is and is not ministerial business. I accept I have made a mistake and I have apologised to the Prime Minister”.

In charge of the nation’s economic development and energy strategy but not quite up to the responsibility of having his own credit card.

Tune in next week when Key reveals he sends Murray McCully off on diplomatic missions with a pair of mittens and an ‘If I am Lost’ note pinned to his jacket.

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18 Comments »

  1. Stuff, on Phil Heatley:

    “In April he spent $72.20 at Fishmart in Freemans Bay in Auckland, $172 at Only Seafood in Paihia and another $126 for a dinner with Transport Minister Steven Joyce at the Killer Prawn restaurant in his electorate of Whangarei.”

    Bold new government plan to preserve NZ’s dwindling stock of fish & seafood: Take away the Fisheries Minister’s credit card.

    Comment by sammy — February 23, 2010 @ 11:21 am

  2. I take you point Danyl – now I can see quite clearly why you haven’t bothered with the satire for a while…

    Comment by Sam — February 23, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  3. Danyl: In charge of the nation’s economic development and energy strategy but not quite up to the responsibility of having his own credit card.

    What can one say. Unfortunately this is the norm not the exception. Any wonder I don’t like government running much of the NZ economy?

    Comment by Berend de Boer — February 23, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  4. And sammy, mind you that this government is borrowing $240 million a week. But it’s only taxpayers money after all, so just spend it. That’s what they all do.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — February 23, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  5. You’re right Berend, they should definately raise taxes to cover that deficit eh?

    Comment by Philonz — February 23, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  6. In charge of the nation’s economic development and energy strategy but not quite up to the responsibility of having his own credit card.

    Perhaps he could get a note from his mummy or daddy to explain what the problem was.

    Comment by Deborah — February 23, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  7. i heard a great rumour that brownlee might have been targetted because of who he was spending the money on.

    there are many allegations floating around wellington about his proclivity to behave like the tiger.

    Comment by Che Tibby — February 23, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  8. Philonz: yes, if there was no other alternative. There seems to be sufficient evidence that lowering taxes actually leads to more taxes being paid. But if that was not the case, I agree with you actually. You should not pass a deficit to your children. I.e. you should not spend your children’s money and future.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — February 23, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  9. Che: would that be a tiger or a whale….

    Comment by max — February 23, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  10. “his proclivity to behave like the tiger”

    all sorts of unwanted mental images there.

    Comment by nommopilot — February 23, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  11. the scary thing is that these guys were doing this in the wake of the UK expenses furore. It’d be nice if there was some sort of consequence to this behaviour. I don’t think any kiwi business would let that go without a written warning or something.

    John Key just shrugs it off…

    a quick scan of this government’s M.O. reveals the magic of constant distraction:

    better table some more unpopular policy suggestions to distract from the behaviour of my ministers … better leak some scandalous information about a minister in order to distract from the nasty bills we’re passing under urgency … rinse, repeat

    Comment by nommopilot — February 23, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  12. More outrage, we should set up a commission to audit all MP’s expenses immediately….. AND GO BACK 10 years. Chris Carters alone would produce enough material for a couple of thousand blog posts.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — February 23, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  13. Are these the promised Higher Standards set by president Key.

    Oh and only $72 at fishmart, cheap arse. So much for the party of personal responsibility.

    Comment by andy (the other one) — February 23, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

  14. Sam: I couldn’t satirise the credit card botchup either.

    However I did celebrate clueless learning a new word during this comedy..

    Comment by Lynn Prentice — February 23, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  15. Berend de Boer wrote:

    “There seems to be sufficient evidence that lowering taxes actually leads to more taxes being paid.”

    there are economic equations which show how this can conceivably happen, but plenty of experience to show that it usually doesn’t.

    Comment by kahikatea — February 23, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  16. “There seems to be sufficient evidence that lowering taxes actually leads to more taxes being paid.”

    On planet Berend disobeying the laws of mathematics is only an infringement offence. Anyway, that means that for a right winger intent on shrinking the state to the point where you can strangle it in the bath, tax increases are required forthwith!

    Comment by Guy Smiley — February 23, 2010 @ 8:28 pm


  17. Filling the kids up with Burger King – $8.50

    Dinner with Joycey at the Killer Prawn – $126

    John Key’s face when he saw my credit card bill – priceless..

    Comment by Rich — February 23, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

  18. Wow, you get really interesting spam if you use the word ‘slave’ in your post title.

    Comment by danylmc — February 24, 2010 @ 7:11 am


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