Greedy Little Piggies

Business NZ and CTU more even cunning than I thought [UPDATED]

 

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You’ve got to hand it to troughers Helen Kelly and Phil O’Reilly. Following some public expressions of doubt  ‘what the f*ks going on’ by Judith Collin’s last year, and some digging round by the Taxpayers’ Union, ACC, the CTU and Business NZ saw the writing on the wall with their nice little money earner.  So what did they do?  Quickly extended the contract before it all went public!

The Taxpayers’ Union has blogged:

 

Despite the ACC telling media yesterday that it decided ‘late last year’ to can the programme, we learned this morning that the contracts were renewed in December. The end date is now 31 December 2014.

It appears that ACC only changed its tune since the Taxpayers’ Union publicly exposed the rort.

Remember, it’s not the Taxpayers’ Union who labelled the training scheme a waste of money, it’s ACC’s own experts. Telling the public that they will scrap the scheme but waiting for the new contracts to expire is not good enough. They conveniently failed to mention that the contracts have just been renewed…  Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union uncovers Phil O’Reilly snout in the trough along with the CTU

pigs in the trough

Looks like the Taxpayers’ Union has uncovered its first decent story of union toughing.

Material released by the Taxpayers’ Union show a cosy deal between Business New Zealand, the Council of Trade Unions (“CTU”) and ACC has cost ACC-levy payers $19 million since 2003.

The documents 
 show ACC knew that millions paid to Business NZ and the CTU to provide health and safety training did little, if anything, to reduce workplace accidents.

Recent ACC analysis concludes that, even with optimistic assumptions, for every dollar spent on the training 84 cents is wasted. 

A 2013 briefing to the Minister for ACC, Judith Collins, states that the CTU has found it “challenging” to meet its performance obligations even though it has been contracted for service since 2003.    Read more »

Troughers demanding more coin from Ryall

Swinburn et al from the anti-obesity industry tucking into more government coin

Swinburn et al from the anti-obesity industry tucking into more government coin

Sometimes Tony Ryall must really shake his head in despair.  Especially when he sees his Ministry funded troughers bitching that the Government needs to dole out more money to them.

Yesterday I posted about Obesity ‘Experts’ Ignore Simple Truths, showing trougher Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu tucking into a $5 million handout to justify her calls for fat taxes, bans and labelling changes.

2013 Trougher of the Year Boyd Swinburn must have spat out his Kellogg’s Nutri- Grain when he saw Cliona Ni Mhurchu getting a big spread in yesterday’s Horrid, talking up her efforts.  Read more »

2013 Trougher of the Year

This category is a tough one. The trough is awash with do-gooders, fake charities, Maori trusts, and even Green Taliban supporting hippy groups.

There’s also troughers like scumbag unions that tuck their members for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year so union bosses can traipse around the country looking as though they’re doing something.

But there was one candidate that gained some attention on the blog this year that did stand out as a leading example of tucking into the public trough at a rate that would leave JT’s Waipareira Trust looking on in awe.

The 2013 WO Trougher of the Year therefore goes to none other than… Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition & Global Health at the University of Auckland.

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And we thought we had some troughers in Wellington

They’ve got nothing on this trougher in South Africa. The entitlement attitude is spectacular.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas’s office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Premier Sylvia Lucas’s office on Sunday defended the use of her government credit card to purchase over R50 000 on fast food during her first 10 weeks in office.

Lucas was inaugurated as premier on May 30, replacing education MEC Grizelda Cjiekella, who had acted as premier following the collapse of former premier Hazel Jenkins during her 2012 state of the province address.

According to a Sunday Times report, among other expenses, Lucas used her credit card to spend R26 565 on food in one month alone. In August she spent a further R11 956 on food in Kimberley, where she lives.

Her credit card was used to buy food at fast-food outlets like Spur, Mike’s Kitchen, KFC, Wimpy and Ocean Basket.  Read more »

Here piggy, pig, pig

The Labour party leadership contest is being funded by the taxpayer. The greedy little piggies are justifying it too. They see nothing wrong with picking the pockets of taxpayers for Labour party business.

Labour MPs competing for the party leadership have defended the use of taxpayer money to fund their nationwide campaigns, saying they did not make the rules.

MPs Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe, and Shane Jones were asked this morning whether they should be paying for their own travel as they campaigned to be leader over the next three weeks.

Mr Cunliffe said the party had sought advice from Parliamentary Services, which had confirmed that the campaign-related flights and phone calls were covered, but taxis, accommodation and other costs were not.

He said: “The rules are not decided by me. We will follow the rules as we are given them.”

He added: “The selection of a party leader is both a party process and arguably a proper process for the Parliamentary process too, because party leaders have both a party role and a Parliamentary role.”   Read more »

Here piggy, piggy, pig

MPs are self serving pricks at the best of times, but when you seek to rein in their rorts and allowances they really go feral.

They seem to believe that they have the unfettered right to trough it up on the taxpayer. They are wrong.

MPs on all sides are joining forces to defend the right to set their own unlimited travel perks – despite a Government promise to transfer them to an independent body.

Prime Minister John Key pledged three years ago that the Government would strip MPs of the power to set their own perks. It introduced a bill last year to change the system, under which Parliament’s Speaker determines the widely criticised allowances that give MPs unlimited free travel within New Zealand.  Read more »

Here Piggy, pig, pig

Pommy politicians are the best troughers in the world. Check out Ed Balls gold medal troughing effort:

Ed Balls’ ministerial office spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on fine-dining at smart hotels and restaurants, £150-worth of takeaways from Domino’s pizza and shopping at department store chain John Lewis.

Spending on Mr Balls’ office credit card has been released covering the period when he was Schools secretary from 28 June 2007 to 11 May 2010.

The lavish spending has echoes of the credit card bill run by the private office of Lord Prescott when he was deputy Prime Minister.

The details of the spending on the government procurement card were released following a Freedom of Information request from Tom Watson MP, the Labour party’s deputy chairman.

Mr Watson had asked for the spending for the past two years – covering Michael Gove’s time as education secretary – however the Coalition decided to release credit card spending figures going back to April 2006.

In all the disclosures showed that Mr Balls’ office spent around ÂŁ9,000 during his three years in office, with most of the cash going on travel receipts.  Read more »

Here pig, pig, pig

We think our politicians are troughers, well get a load of the UK politicians and how they want to extend the trough.

MPs have called for prices of alcohol to be slashed at Commons bars.

Despite prices for alcohol being kept cheaper than a nearby Wetherspoons pub at the four Palace of Westminster bars, MPs have suggested prices should be linked to pubs outside of central London to make them cheaper.

At the moment prices are linked, and kept lower, than a nearby Wetherspoons in Victoria Street, with pints of John Smith’s bitter costing ÂŁ2.60 and Becks lager ÂŁ3.20 – cheaper than many London pubs.  Read more »

Here piggy, piggy, piggy

Provide a trough and the pigs will feed, then guard it, then work out ways to get more into the trough.

MPs have complained they cannot claim expenses for “a large lunch at lunchtime”, need to “watch the clock” until 7.31pm before getting a free dinner and do not get as much in meal allowances as soldiers.

In a hearing with the expenses watchdog, MPs raised a variety of complaints about their dinner allowance, which they may claim up to the value of ÂŁ15 when “required to be at the House of Commons” because it is sitting beyond 7:30pm.

Thomas Docherty, a Labour MP, said it is “ludicrous” that non-London MPs only get to claim for an evening meal after that time on sitting days.

He has asked John Sills, policy director of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, to consider changing the rules to let MPs have an allowance for dinner every night they are away from their main homes.

He told Mr Sills: “You said you worked in Paris. I imagine that when [your company] were working out whether or not you had a subsistence requirement, you did not have to watch the clock and not leave the physical office until 7.31pm, which is what we have here
 You are either away or you are not away from home.”  Read more »