Figures released this week show that I spent $23,440 of taxpayer money on international and domestic travel.
It’s money spent on behalf of New Zealand.
As a patriotic Kiwi I will be taking advantage of the international travel perk available to former government ministers by flying first-class with my wife and our family and our pets and one or two domestic staff to England to watch the All Blacks.
I will also be claiming on taxi fares – the airport shuttle (for the domestic staff) and duty-free.
Then there are miscellaneous expenses such as dry cleaning- shoe shining and shoelace tying.
Obviously I can’t be expected to do any of those things myself.
The taxpayer is hardly in a position to begrudge my allocation of $23,400.
They would only fritter it away on things like school lunches.
Obesity is a problem among the poor.
In any case I deserve the perk and look back on my long career with pride.
I founded the Act Party and before that I created Rogernomics – which ushered in a new period of prosperity enjoyed by people such as Act Party donor Alan Gibbs.
My economic policy was known in shorthand as user-pays.
My travel expenses are a reminder that what it actually meant was the rich shouldn’t have to pay for a damned thing and the public are there to be used.