Chop chop for Wong after doing the wong thing

I shake my head in disbelief that simple rules can’t be followed. If you can’t follow simple rules and just trough it at the taxpayers expense then you don’t deserve to be a minister.

Former Cabinet minister Pansy Wong may have to repay thousands of dollars in travel racked up on her taxpayer-funded travel perk.

Speaking to reporters in Japan after news of Wong’s resignation this morning, Prime Minister John Key said Wong may be in line to repay thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending from her 2008 trip to China with husband Sammy and there “could potentially be more”.

Key confirmed Wong offered him her resignation last night and he “accepted it without hesitation”.

If she had not offered her resignation he would have sacked her, Key said.

The irony of all of this is that under the previous regime travel expenses were a tightly held secret. Pansy Wong and her husband have been un-done by transparency and that my friends is a good thing.

Wong said she had failed to live up to the high standards set by Key and had resigned as a minister.

“This action follows questions about use of my parliamentary travel entitlement to pay for my husband to travel within China at the end of 2008.

“Although the trip was a holiday, my husband did conduct some business. Further, I am not able at this point to give the Prime Minister an assurance that this is a one-off situation.

She can’t give an assurance that it isn’t a one off….so there’s more? Oh just f*ck off already.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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