$34 million for yachting fraternity 'nice to have'
The Government have handed the yachting fraternity of NZ $34million in more taxpayer money for them to play their little rich boys Americas' Cup game. Apparently funding Yachting, a sector not known for their poverty, $34million in public funds is defendable because Labour signed up to it before the stock market collapsed in 2008. Compare the $33.6 million that funded 35 arts organizations, 504 arts projects and 2418 community arts programs in 2010 and that $34 million dollar money shot all over the rich faces of the NZ yachting fraternity in the middle of the worst recession since the depression starts to look like another interesting definition of what this Government deems 'nice to have'.
Talking of 'nice to have', John Key has been regularly using the NZ Air Force as a personal taxi service to run him errands around the country seem to suggest John's nice to have list goes beyond 34 luxury BMWs.
Helen Clark had her speeding limo, John Key now has his Air Farce One.
The RNZAF isn't a glorified public transport service for the Prime Minister, by using them to pick him up from the V8s he's showing he's about as out of touch with reality as Rodney is in Epsom. What emergency event occurred for the PM to be picked up and dropped off by the Air Force? Was a comet on a collusion path with earth? Had a terrorist threatened a nuclear device against Wellington? Was Murray McCully thinking aloud at a media event? John Key had the New Zealand Air Force pick him up from the V8's so that he could get to a black tie dinner at the Royal Auckland Golf Club in Otahuhu where the club was celebrating its royal status. Brothers and sisters, maybe in John Key's world being late for a black tie dinner at a Royal Golf Club is an emergency, but to the rest of us its just another example of his, 'you do with less i take more' born to rule double standards.
The smile and wave smirking face of austerity Toryism never looked so crass.