The political hacks at Radio NZ didn’t bother trying to talk with Alf, before they reported this morning that only the Green Party would comment on proposals for major changes to MPs allowances.
The Greens (as Alf’s consituents know full well) are a potty bunch at the best of times.
Accordingly they are best ignored when they say a full independent review of the allowances is needed (unless the review is allowed to drag on for the next 20 years and achieve nothing before Alf retires).
The Greens were given their chance to blather on the topic after the latest three-yearly review of Parliamentary funding called for an end to subsidised international travel and to the practice of MPs claiming public money for rent on premises they own.
Obviously such changes to the rules would be unhelpful to Alf’s travel plans.