Hamish Rutherford thinks it’s a good idea to push Judith Collins into the mud and grind her face down some more. Â All based on an email that didn’t even come from the Dirty Politics book. Â And Collins will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Two former National ministers have gone right to the back of the class, among just four in the 60 strong caucus earning the basic MP’s salary.
Following the first week of Parliament, 56 of National’s MPs have been made either ministers, whips, speakers, chairs or deputy chairs of select committees.
All of those roles come with additional pay, from the $4600 extra paid to select committee deputy chairs, to the extra $280,700 paid to Prime Minister John Key.
But Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson, who were both ministers earlier this year, now earn the basic MP’s salary of $147,800, along with newcomers Parmjeet Parmar and Todd Barclay, 24.
Barclay, the baby of the House, was not born until Williamson had been an MP for almost three years. When Barclay joined Bill English’s office as a junior official, Judith Collins was Police Minister. Read more »