Hone Harawira went walk about with his wife instead of attending a meeting during a parliamentary trip to Brussels, lied about it, couldn’t see anything wrong in it and has now sent an abusive email about it.
Neither the foul language nor the racist attitude are appropriate for an MP.
Rodney Hide used his parliamentary services’ funding for his partner’s airfares on an overseas trip which included a visit to a theme park and a wedding between business appointments.
There is a big difference between missing an official meeting which is part of the reason for a trip to do something else and fitting in personal visits around the business which is the purpose of the trip.
But I don’t understand why why, when he made his reputation as a perk buster, he bothered to use his perk for his partner.
A business class airfare is a lot of money for most people. But it shouldn’t be for someone with his political views, high regard for personal responsibility and well above average income.