Bill English has decreed that we’re all going to have to learn to get by without the ‘nice to haves’ as he slashes public spending. Apparently that new austerity is only going to apply to the rest of us, not to Mr English and his colleagues, and particularly not when it comes to where they park their posteriors.
I asked a few questions of the government about their recent decision to upgrade the fleet of ministerial BMWs. The answers were quite interesting. Apparently one of the BMWs to be based in the lower South Island will have heated seats. This is justified on the basis that it will be used for ‘long distance’ and ‘long duration’ movements. Could that be the trips Mr English takes to his pretend home in Dipton by any chance?
Interesting to note that only one of the BMWs has this added feature. Could it be that Mr English asked for it specifically? I know he suffers from a bad back, but surely in this era where the ‘nice to haves’ are out the door, he could chip in and cover his own expenses? Did he ask for this, or did the pixies at the bottom of the garden that he’s so fond of decide that he should just have it?
The new cars will have mobile office facilities and internet access too. One can just imagine Mr English sitting there in the back seat reading the latest Woman’s Weekly and checking his Facebook page. Nice to know that he’s being well looked after, what with the fresh flowers in his office (he’s one of the govt’s biggest spenders) and that nice house in Karori (not with the extra hour a week of cleaning mind you)…