The furore over the leaking of Simon Bridges’ expenses has highlighted the real rort:
. . the fact that Crown limo’s for the Opposition leader are charged out at a higher rate than is charged to Government . . .
If there is a reasonable and responsible reason for that, please tell me.
The only one I can think of is neither reasonable nor responsible – it’s a political decision to somehow disadvantage the opposition.
Ministers are running the country and they need to get around the country to do that. The opposition is there to hold the government to account, it can’t do that sitting in Wellington. Its leader’s travel is essential to the role, in the public service and making it more expensive is adding to the cost of democracy.
Why should taxpayers pay more for the opposition leader’s travel than that of government ministers?