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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.”  

Cunliffe’s attitude is disgusting. Not so my preferred candidate Shane Jones:

Mr Jones confirmed that he had driven from Kerikeri to Auckland yesterday “in a 4WD drive that I own”, and had paid for the petrol himself.

“Parliamentary Services have ruled that we are entitled to exercise our Parliamentary air travel. That is a decision that’s been made and it’s one that I’ll abide by.

“Any than that, I’ll take it out of my own pocket.”

Of course it isn’t really their pocket anyway is it? After all their salaries are paid for by parliament.

Annette King uses the kindergarten sandpit argument to justify their troughing:

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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.

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