First Labour Trougher Outs himself

By the hairs on his five chinny-chin-chins, this little pig has outed himself. The first of the Labour ministerial troughers is scum list Shane “Five Chins” Jones.

Surprisingly he has had to pay back more than $5000!

Shane "Five Chins" Jones - TrougherAlthough details of ministerial credit card spending won’t be handed to the media until tomorrow, one Labour Party MP has already confirmed he had to pay back about $5000.

Far North list MP Shane Jones was minister for building and construction in the previous government and admits to wrongly using his card to charter a plane and buy wine, magazines and books, TV3 News reported.

He also wrongly used the card to buy movies when he stayed at hotels.

Mr Jones said he was “pretty embarrassed” but intended being upfront about it.

I bet he is embarrassed. Embarrassed he got caught.

Let’s hope he is going to be upfront. The first thing that Whale Oil Beef Hooked readers want to know is just what sort of movies in hotels did Shane Jones buy on our credit cards?

The second thing I want to know is why he is being upfront now, had a media person not put in an OIA we may never had found out about his more than $5000 of troughing.

The only reason I can think of for Shane Jones getting in first for distancing himself from the trough is that his expenses are less than any other potential leader aspirant and so it helps his cause to oust Goff.

So, Five Chins sets the bench mark at $5000. Any less do they stay? Any more should they go? I say go because had National not won the election I have little doubt that these sorts of examples of troughing would have been even worse.

At least we can now know just how bad Clark’s ministry was now.


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