Many people liked Jeanette Fitzsimons because she rarely did snide attacks on other MPs. The Greens boast about how they don’t do personal attacks. However Russel Norman can’t resist a small amount of putting the boot in:
An interesting aside to the Phil Heatley saga.
I have been calling on central govt to consider sewerage systems as important infrastructure and financially support communities like Whangarei to upgrade them. There were 45 raw sewerage discharges last year in Whangarei, many of them in the Harbour. Yuk.
Phil Heatley, the local member, dismissed my suggestion that central government should help Whangarei clean up its harbour with the comment that:
“Russel Norman’s got plenty of reasons to spend other people’s money” (Whangarei Leader 16-2-10).
It turns out that Phil too has plenty of reasons to spend other people’s money. But it seems we have different priorities.
People in glasshouses should not throw stones. Maybe someone should remind Russel about how two of his MPs were illegally both claiming an accommodation allowance for the same house – which happened to be owned by the Greens Super Fund.
Let alone how the whole system of having the Greens Super Fund own the Houses that taxpayers paid for, was designed to maximise their entitlements to the accommodation allowance.Tags: MPs expenses, Phil Heatley, Russel Norman