Link between binge drinking and job uncertainty is made by … a nervous Labour MP?

August 5, 2011

Alf is predicting a burst of binge drinking among Labour Party politicians (notwithstanding the misgivings he expressed about predictions a few days ago).

He is confident about this prediction because it is based on solid information from inside the Labour Party itself.

Really?

Yep. Really.

Alf triumphantly brandishes his evidence.

It’s a Stuff report about Labour’s explanation for the Navy’s binge-drinking culture.

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Better late than never, the taxpayer will stump up for war veterans

July 12, 2011

The German taxpayer picked up the tab for flying these blokes into Crete.


Alf could see this one coming: The Boss has stepped in to clean up a PR embarrassment over the way we treated a bunch of elderly war heroes.

The Herald at the weekend reported the veterans – some in their 90s – ended up paying to attend commemorations in Europe while the taxpayer funded the Defence Minister’s luxury travel, personal assistant and top hotels.

The treatment of the veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Crete shocked observers, who had expected to see them treated as the centrepiece of the New Zealand contingent.

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp spent more than $26,000 on flights and top hotels for himself and a secretary, in luxurious suites overlooking the Bay of Chania.

But New Zealand’s war heroes were forced to pay out of their own pockets, arrange their own itineraries and stay in modest accommodation, with just $2000 Government support – less than a return airfare.

Australian veterans – in contrast – were flown over by their Government and cared for by provided doctors.

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