Taxpayers Union blows the whistle on a nice little caper whereby MPs can circumvent NZ’s labour laws

January 8, 2014

It looks like the Taxpayers’ Union – an outfit with aims generally supported by the Member for Eketahuna North – might have rumbled to a bit of carry-on he will confess to having exploited.

It’s a wheeze that resulted in MPs chewing through more than $65,000 per month on payouts to avoid messy employment grievances.

Jordan Williams, the union’s Executive Director, exposed the costs of the practice in a media release today, obviously after doing a bit of snooping by brandishing the Official Information Act.

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A Clayton’s cab – but did he have enough pull to get a fare deal?

June 12, 2010

Alf has never been an admirer of Clayton Cosgrove, Labour’s law and order spokesman, who held a number of Ministerial portfolios in the Clark government.

But he feels duty-bound, in the name of fair play, to come to Cosgorove’s defence over the matter of a taxi fare charged to taxpayers on a ministerial credit card.

The political hacks at Stuff have been sifting through boxes of material released by Internal Affairs this week and found Cosgrove and a staffer in March 2008 racked up a $950 bill for two nights accommodation including one at the Hilton Adelaide.

Dunno of Alf is too astonished by that.

There are other fascinating tidbits of information about Cosgrove’s spending.

The item that attracted Alf was the $712 cost of a taxi in Canada, apparently for a five-hour trip.

There is a clear implication Cosgrove was travelling in luxury.

Not so. Alf has done some research on the matter and tracked down the cab and its driver.

The driver reckons Cosgrove got a good deal.

Alf isn’t so so sure and wonders if he was ripped off.

Or maybe he gave the cabbie an outrageously generous tip, as socialists are apt to do.


TV3 puts snouts before votes

September 28, 2009

(as dictated to Mrs Grumble)

Nothing like the whiff of a politician with his nose in the trough to get the news media in a lather of excitement.

The buggers have been banging on about Bill English’s housing allowance for several weeks.

If he had been born and bred in the splendid town of Eketahuna, Alf muses, would things be different? If you’ve ever been to Dipton, he contends, it’s understandable why Bill spends more time in Wellington.

But today, he has today action intended to remove doubts about his ministerial housing allowance.
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How English is setting an example for French farmers

August 5, 2009

It’s pay-back time for our Bill English. Pay-back time for French farmers, too.

The farmers are doing it under orders.

With our Bill – splendid bloke – it’s voluntary.

His attitude goes a long way to demonstrating the intrinsic superiority of English over the French when it comes to morality and exemplary behaviour. Something to do with the genes.

Two Radio NZ reports paint the contrast.
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