Quick, need a distraction from Charter schools, let’s bash up fat cat civil servants

Jacinda Ardern needed a weapon of mass distraction to divert from Chris Hipkins’ stuff ups over charter schools.

So she picked civil servants pay rates to create a weapon of mass distraction:

Escalating pay of some state sector bosses, often flying in the face of Government recommendations, is about to be reined in with a law change.

The Government has announced plans to give public service watchdog the State Services Commissioner more control over Crown Entities.

Boards of Crown Entities would soon need to obtain the State Services Commissioner’s written consent for the pay rises given to chief executives.

It comes after successive years of exorbitant pay increases for a handful of Crown Entity bosses, most notably outgoing Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr.

Soon to be taking a significant pay cut when he becomes the next Reserve Bank Governor, Orr’s $1.2 million salary has been the subject of a number of high-profile spats between the Guardians of the Super Fund and the previous Government.

The former believed it did not have to adhere to public sector pay recommendations. This was because it was a Crown Entity; a Government owned organisation that operated at arms length from the Government, as opposed to a Government department.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said new legislation would be introduced on Thursday.

“This bill provides for stronger oversight of pay of chief executives and conduct of Crown Entities.”

The Government was committed to raising low and middle incomes, but there was a “high level of public concern” that the level of chief executives pay was “excessive”.

A high level of public concern? Really? Evidence for this? Is this really an issue?

Sounds like utter bulldust to me. And Jacinda Ardern doesn’t believe it either if you look at her body language from when she last discussed this issue in December last year:

Note the facial expressions. She has many different expressions in a matter of 20 seconds. This is because she has absolutely no idea what she is talking about.

This current strategy by Labour is designed to take the heat off the Charter Schools issue by bringing up CEO pay. But there is a flaw in her plans…she’s relying on the fool Hipkins.



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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.