Hone’s pointer to how MPs can test their popularity

Gotta take your hat off to Maori Party MP Hone Harawira.

Hone has a flair for pissing off Alf with his Pakeha-hostile antics, more often then not. But not this time.

Radio NZ says Hone is to hitch-hike around his electorate to cut travel costs.

The MP for Te Tai Tokerau is among those with the highest expenses in Parliament, with travel costs of almost $67,000 in the first half of this year.

When the figures were released, Mr Harawira said he would not apologise and would not be slowing down, but now the MP says he is going to try to cut back on costs.

Mr Harawira says it’s difficult to see how he can make savings, but one thing he can do is hitch-hike more often.

He says he enjoys hitching a ride, as it allows him to talk to people in a relaxed way about what is important to them.

Te Tai Tokerau covers the top of the North Island and includes the North Shore of Auckland and parts of West Auckland.

Hone is setting a commendable example for others to follow.

More than a few MPs would get a good feel for their public’s regard for them, if they had to hitch a ride to get from here to there.

Who would want to pick up that boorish bastard Garrett, for example?

Or the Kedgley woman?

Mind you, Kedgley should be able to get from Parliament to her home on a bus for just a dollar or so, and should be setting greenies an example by doing just that.

Come to think of it, Alf should look much harder at her expense figures, next time around.

As for Hone – anyone wanna run a book on how long his hitch-hiking regimen will last?

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