Filthy, troughing, swines

You’d think that there were a few important issues New Zealand faces that had the potential to unite all the political parties at least to the degree that they put aside party politics and personal scores long enough to work on something that will be of long term benefit.

The political hot potato that is the retirement age and the affordability of superannuation through a superannuation fund would be one of those issues for example.

To date, we haven’t seen any of this kind of pan-partisan cooperation between New Zealand politicians, have we?

Fear not:  Hell may not have frozen over, but they finally have agreed to put their differences aside to work towards a common goal

MPs on both sides of Parliament 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.

However, MPs on the government administration select committee have gutted the Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill – and returned control of travel and accommodation perks to the Speaker. The U-turn has received cross-party support.

Mr Key has accepted the changes and says National MPs will vote for the amended bill when it came before Parliament again.

Labour leader David Shearer’s office said his MPs would not oppose the changes, and Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said her party had agreed to them.

Suddenly, they’re all best mates.

A spokeswoman for Mr Key said this week: “The prime minister has consistently been an advocate for the principle that an independent body should set these entitlements.

“This bill makes further steps in that direction and the prime minister is confident it will be seen as a positive development,” she said.

“Given the nature of the legislation, achieving cross-party support was important – and that has been achieved.”

The PM has been consistently an advocate for the principle that an independent body should set the entitlements, but he wanted to achieve something even better, so he canned the independent body and kept the decision process among MPs themselves.

That’s logical.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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