Newspapers Agree. Lockwood is a tool

Now Lockwood is going to be list only, I am considering rejoining National so I can rank him last at regional list ranking next year.

His dumb approach to trying to put the genie back in the bottle on the travel perk has bought him the distain of the editorial pages.

The Press says:

All of what MPs receive is public money and as such should be subject to the greatest transparency possible. Instead of a murky mish-mash that may or may not be subject to misuse, it should be clear what MPs are being paid without resort to trade-offs or any other such potentially mystifying devices.

The Herald also kicks him square in the nuts

Parliament has done a disservice to itself and to the public interest with a decision to conceal the costs of each member’s subsidised holidays overseas. The new rules announced by the Speaker, Lockwood Smith, can only lessen Parliament’s standing in public estimation and feed the suspicions of those ever ready to believe the worst of politicians.

The Dominion points out the obvious to all those that don’t live in the parallel universe Lockwood lives in;

The ongoing furore over MPs’ travel expenses is the price MPs pay for refusing to surrender control of their pay and perks. It is a price successive Speakers have been happy to pay, but it is not one the public should tolerate.

MPs’ pay and perks should be set by an independent body that takes account of comparable pay rates here and overseas, the state of the economy and workloads.

Someone needs to take Lockwood out the back and hit him hard with a bit of four by two until he sees sense.

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