John Key and Bill English are telling Kiwis that they have to get by without ‘nice to haves’ as we deal with the mess they are making of the economy. So are they walking the talk themselves? Seems not…
After upgrading the BMW fleet, beefing up their personal security, and boosting their own pay packets with a new tax-free accommodation allowance, we now learn that Key has just spent $215,000 repainting Premier House, the official Prime Ministerial residence.
That’s a heck of a lot of money and one can only assume it must be a pretty gold-plated paint job. It’s more than some people can afford to spend buying their entire house.
Answers to written Parliamentary questions have revealed that National has just spent $187,996.93 repainting the outside of the Prime Ministerial residence and another $30,023.83 painting the fence and sprucing up the garden.
I simply don’t buy John Key’s argument that it wasn’t his decision, he’s the responsible minister, the buck stops with him, as it did with the BMWs and the security budget blow-out. It’s about time Key manned-up and starting taking a bit of responsibility.