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February 25, 2010

Heatley’s reign of terror comes to an end

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 12:40 pm

The government might be breaking it’s pre-election promises, misusing urgency and planning to mine our national parks but at least Ministers who expense a beverage as a food and beverage will no longer stain our body politic.

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25 Comments »

  1. Oh, you are good.

    Comment by vibenna — February 25, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  2. Well, it’s a gateway transgression, a bottle of wine easily becomes 3 transexual hookers and a bag of coke in a suite at CityLife.

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  3. sometimes i really think i need to see less of your private life expat. ;)

    Comment by Che Tibby — February 25, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  4. a bottle of wine easily becomes 3 transexual hookers and a bag of coke in a suite at CityLife.

    Hush, sweet expat. If this gets out, then everyone’s going to want their tranny-and-coke… I’m not sure I could hide the private-sector expense-account if Stephanie raises her prices again.

    Comment by Phil — February 25, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  5. Damn those Freudian slips…

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  6. “freudian slip”

    defn, “male underwear, usually resembling that worn by his mother”.

    Comment by Che Tibby — February 25, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  7. So the idea is it would have been better if he’d got a pie as well?

    Comment by lyndon — February 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  8. Hard to tell if Lyndon’s havin’ a laff…

    Comment by progger — February 25, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  9. …better if he’d got a pie as well?

    Are you still talking about the hookers, or are we back to food?

    Comment by Phil — February 25, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  10. Lyndon?

    Seriously, I’m intrigued. I thought my mind was a sewer but you guys…

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  11. What’s their complaint? He wrote down “dinner” and it turned out dinner was two bottles of wine. Who among us has not had such a dinner on occasion? Next thing they’ll all have to be running their expenses claims past a board of nutritionists and epidemiologists.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — February 25, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  12. milt, i think the question is “who is paying for this dinner that turned into booze”.

    the taxpayer directly? or the taxpayer via the MP’s salary?

    Comment by Che Tibby — February 25, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  13. That should read:
    the taxpayer via the MP’s salary? or the taxpayer on top of the MP’s salary?

    Comment by Sam — February 25, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

  14. “a bottle of wine easily becomes 3 transexual hookers and a bag of coke in a suite at CityLife.”
    I haven’t found that particularly easy at all, what am I doing wrong?

    Seriously, if there isn’t a whole bunch more to this somewhere then I suspect this guy is quite unhinged. Writing “food & beverage” on an expense claim for wine and you stand down as Minister? Huh?

    Comment by garethw — February 25, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  15. …if there isn’t a whole bunch more to this somewhere then I suspect this guy is quite unhinged.

    Given his apparent tears on TV news last night when speaking to reporters (I say ‘apparent’ because I couldn’t see them, but both TV3 and TVNZ mentioned it), I wonder if he wasn’t under considerable stress already for some reason and needs a breather from the Ministerial seat.

    Comment by Ataahua — February 25, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  16. I think stress is a good theory. It doesn’t look like it was coordinated with the PMs office which is very rare for a cabinet level resignation. It should have been a joint appearance with Key to announce that Heatley was standing down pending the outcome of the AGs investigaion.

    Comment by danylmc — February 25, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  17. The problem here for Heatley is scale.
    In much the same way an eye wateringly large mortgage will make your bank fear you…He should have gone HUGE with his troughing. For future reference Mr Heatley (because I know you are reading this blog, after all everybody does) you need to think a lot bigger. Perhaps taking backhanders from industry groups (racing is a good one for this apparently) or fishing interests (ditto) or the mother lode.. Taking backhanders from illegal immigrants. History has shown us that prime ministers in this country will back you completely in the face of righteous indignation if only you go large.

    On another note.
    Do we really want ministers who blub on television? The only politician to ever pull this off successfully was the mad ocker rootbag Hawke, and Hawke you ain’t.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — February 25, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  18. ah, the purity of debate here is like an effervescent for the soul.

    now, back to the hookers.

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  19. The guys probably feeling the pinch of doing Wellington 5 nites a week, drinking too much piss and not seeing his family. The glamour of business travel eh.

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

  20. What’s their complaint? He wrote down “dinner” and it turned out dinner was two bottles of wine.

    It’s pretty standard for there to be a policy that you can charge your dinner to the job, but not more than a couple of drinks accompanying. Anything else comes out of your own pocket.

    Comment by progger — February 25, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

  21. Yeah, it certainly would have got me sacked if I’d put it on my work credit card. Still, one pictures previous Cabinet ministers of the troughing excellence of Bunter Hunt or Chris Carter and imagines that merely sconning a couple of bottles of wine in lieu of dinner would barely register on the taxpayer ripoff scale…

    Comment by Psycho Milt — February 25, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  22. And if he did get a pie as well, would Collins have told him to ‘blow on the pie cause it’s hot’?

    Comment by Chris — February 25, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  23. Judith Collins has a hot pie?!

    Thermonuclear at 4am after a night out on expenses I hear.

    Comment by expat — February 25, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  24. Still, one pictures previous Cabinet ministers of the troughing excellence of Bunter Hunt or Chris Carter and imagines that merely sconning a couple of bottles of wine in lieu of dinner would barely register on the taxpayer ripoff scale…

    Probably not, Milt. But why the hell are you going to hand the Opposition a stick to beat you with? Housing and Fisheries aren’t exactly the shit portfolios of doom, but there’s enough contentious and/or politically sensitive stuff coming up that you don’t need a Tory Jonathan Hunt in charge.

    And while practicing what you (and the previous Labour-lead government) have preached to the rest of the public sector for years is a bitch, there you go and here we are.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 25, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  25. news this morning – minister was apparently “repeatedly warned by officials”.

    Comment by Che Tibby — February 26, 2010 @ 6:55 am


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