The cost of triple dipping

May 10th, 2010 at 8:53 am by David Farrar

As predicted, has announced he is running for Mayor of . His ticket will be “The People’s Mayor” – a slogan used by Dick Hubbard in Auckland.

It reminds me of the maxim about names of countries. Any country that insists in having “democratic” in its name, basically never is. And if they also have “people’s” in their name, they invariably oppress the people. Hence North Korea is called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Other examples were how Poland was called the People’s Republic of Poland from 1952 to 1990. Now this does not mean Jim is going to institute single party rule, it just is a reminder about how people use the term “people’s” when they wish to hide behind it. I suggest people chat to some former Alliance activists about how much Jim cared about involving them in decision making

He is insisting that if he runs, he will not resign as an MP, but do both jobs. Now I think one can reasonably assert it is possible to be, for example, a junior backbencher and a city councillor. Tough, but not impossible. But to assert that one can be Mayor of New Zealand’s second largest city, and also a party leader in Parliament shows what Jim really thinks of the people. The Mayor got paid salary and fees in the last year of $215,000 and Jim is maintaining that it is a part-time job.

Jim will in fact be a triple dipper. Because he will also be maintaining the fiction he is a party leader, and attract appropriate funding for that role. So what will be the total cost to the taxpayer of Jim continuing as an MP and party leader for a year, if he is elected. It is:

  1. Salary $144,500
  2. Superannuation $33,235
  3. Personal Expenses $14,800
  4. Leader’s Budget $164,320
  5. Research Budget $20,000
  6. Support Budget $64,260
  7. Staff $158,500
  8. Travel/Accom $73,827
  9. Communications $13,942

That is a total cost of $689,384 or almost $700,000.

Now of course some of these costs would be incurred by a new MP, if Anderton wins and resigned. But the difference is he or she would not also be Mayor of Christchurch, and Parliament and his or her electorate would be getting more of their time in return for that investment.

No Right Turn blogs:

This is simply wrong, and Anderton’s offer to donate his salary doesn’t make it any less so. The people of Christchurch deserve their mayor’s full attention. Likewise, the people of Wigram and those who voted Progressive last election deserve their MP’s full attention. While Anderton says he can cope with both jobs, no-one will believe that, and if he is elected, someone will feel shortchanged. As for his misplaced sense of frugality, screw the money. It’s democracy, and you pay whatever it costs to deliver it.

But in addition to being wrong, its also stupid. Who wants half a mayor, or one with an eye on Wellington as well as Christchurch? Anderton has just given people a solid reason not to vote for him.

But the last word of Jim’s mayoral ambitions should go to a former Prime Minister – David Lange.In his book “My Life” he wrote of Jim’s bid to be Mayor of Auckland in 1974. Lange was also standing on the ticket:

“Like the other candidates, I contributed $50 to pay for an advertisement in the New Zealand Herald in support of the Labour ticket. When I opened the paper to look at our advertisement I saw a photograph of Jim Anderton and no mention of any other candidates. Here was a warning of much to come.”

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27 Responses to “The cost of triple dipping”

  1. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    The ancient stalinist Neanderton hasn’t lost touch with the troughing side of his personality. Old habits die hard.

    If Christchurch voters are stupid enough to elect this shameless socialist, they would deserve every bit of bad luck that comes their way. Instead, they should vote against Neanderton and send him to a rest home, for good.

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  2. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    So what Jimbo is finally admitting is that the Progressive Party is not even a one-man-band…it will be a half-man-band.

    If the rate-payers of Christchuch are foolish enough to elect the uber-trougher Anderton as mayor, they deserve all they get.

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,216 comments) says:

    The only reason the by-election would be held next year is if he resigned when elected. He could resign now. In fact, given his views on sitting MPs standing in by-elections – he proposed a bill prohibiting it – he should do exactly that. He shouldn’t just resign if elected, he should resign to campaign!

    H*

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  4. Inventory2 (9,788 comments) says:

    Agree wholeheartedly Graeme – he is a Class A hypocrite.

    He also devalued the Christchurch mayoralty on Breakfast this morning, claiming that the commitment will be “only a couple of council meetings a month” – that’s what The People’s Mayor thinks of you, good citizens of Christchurch

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2010/05/peoples-mayor.html

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  5. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Much as I’d like to see Bob Parker chucked out after his role in orchestrating the ECan coup, I agree this is a very poor look from Anderton. Resigning from Parliament now to campaign would be the way to go.

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  6. davidp (3,319 comments) says:

    >Jim will in fact be a triple dipper

    Quadruple dipper actually since as an elderly person he’ll be collecting national superannuation.

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  7. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    He is self-serving scum, Labour (sic Progressive Party) have a history of tit suckers hanging about for years.

    Walter Nash wouldn’t bugger off either.

    Put him down like the mangey dog he has proven himself to be over the years.

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  8. MT_Tinman (2,790 comments) says:

    “The People’s Mayor”?

    Saw the prick and his hangers-on in town yesterday sporting Labour Party like slogan boards with this printed on them.

    Were these boards paid for by the NZ tax payer?

    Anderton is neither Mayor nor does he represent “the people”. Will the Advertisement Standards outfit actually do something useful and act quickly to stop this falsehood from continuing?

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  9. anonymouse (651 comments) says:

    Hang on, this claiming to be a “backbencher” is a blatant deception,

    Is he not the spokesperson on Agriculture for the Opposition- his words not mine,

    Perhaps someone might like to ask Phil Goff for his take on this double dipping, as Jim is the spokesman for his party in this regard.

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  10. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Anyone who votes for this jurassic parasite should be deported to North Korea.

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  11. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    If dear old Jim has a seat in parliament and another seat as major of ChCh then will he be half arsed at both?

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  12. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    I agree with the solid consensus, if ever there was a hypocritical blowhard bludger it is Anderton…It is also a sad commentary on the electoral gravy trough system that a one man remnant can qualify for so many extravagant expenses and perks, many of which he will be able to divert and exploit to give him an advantage over other candidates.

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  13. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    I hope to God he gets his clock cleaned. That will be the final nail in the coffin for a man who has done nothing but ego-trip his entire political career. It will be like Nixon in ’62, except without the comeback. Bye bye Chairman Jim.

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  14. starboard (2,447 comments) says:

    …unless someone else with substance comes out of the woodwork and puts their hand up in the next few months…Bob Parker is safe.. for now. Bummer.

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  15. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Jim has been a tit man all his life… the tit was never taken away… and the tit was always full of milk for Jim… the tit he’s on is starting to dry up… So he is merely weening of that tit to start sucking from another.

    THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THEY ARE FOR THE PEOPLE.. TAKE FROM THE PEOPLE.

    Jim baked the cake ate the cake and is now looking to lick up the crumbs.

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  16. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    What I find most amusing is that there are still people who think that because Jolly Jim would say that other people must resign from parliament before campaigning for mayor that he would therefore do that himself…. Since when did socialists ever apply the rules they insist others follow to themselves ?

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  17. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    Christchurch voters will more than likely come to the conclusion that the best thing for their city would have to be someone that could openly communicate with the current Govt.

    Another consideration should be a candidate fit for the job…I believe Anderton had half of last year off with illness.

    Surely they will be wanting to invest in a Mayor capable of serving at least 6 years? By then Anderton will be near 80?

    Jim doesn’t appear an attractive option to me!

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  18. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Can the OIA be used to find out how Jim is paying for his election signs?

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  19. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    Bevan

    If Jim is rorting the tax payers he will say sorry and pay it back – like he has done before. There will be no other consequences, like there wasn’t before.

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  20. NX (597 comments) says:

    I love reproducing the following quotes by Mike Moore whenever there’s a Jim Anderton thread. If you didn’t feel ripped off by Jim A before, you will do now. NZ Herald

    “Jim Anderton is the designated driver in the attack plan. He’s loving the attention. Most people thought he was dead or, even more fatal in politics, retired. He has not voted Labour in 20 years, not many know that Norm Kirk kicked him out of the party when he was right-wing, anti-abortion, anti-gay, and with Roger Douglas, wanted to remove the unions from the party.

    Then he left again as a left-winger. I didn’t support Jim when he was far right or far left.”

    Anderton opposed all the policies that now make New Zealand wealthy. Against closer economic relations with Australia, against universities getting paid students from overseas, now our fourth biggest export income earner. Opposed GST, waterfront reforms, an independent central bank.

    He even opposed the Uruguay trade round and that has returned New Zealand more than a billion dollars a year.

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  21. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,667 comments) says:

    Apologies to DPF for link whoring but I just could NOT resist dubbing this fellow The Wigram Teabagger.

    http://nominister.blogspot.com/2010/05/tony-or-phil.html

    He’s dipping himself in so many other people’s cups.

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  22. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Nice Adolf

    But my understanding that “teabagging” is having yours balls in the mouth of a sex partner.

    No, you’re right, Jimbo knows all about that to!!!

    Surely some of the labour shag hags will come out and denounce Jim for all his fucking around during his dark and wasted polititcal careerer.

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  23. Inventory2 (9,788 comments) says:

    We’ve also coined a name for Anderton, thanks to Liz Gordon’s post here the other night – Ol’ Man River:

    Ol’ man river,
    Dat ol’ man river
    He mus’know sumpin’
    But don’t say nuthin’,
    He jes’keeps rollin’
    He keeps on rollin’ along.

    It’s from the musical “Showboat”, which is quote apt in itself!

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  24. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    NRT suggests:

    …those who voted Progressive last election deserve their MP’s full attention.

    I thought the idea was to get the b*stard to earn his trough of money, Expecting him to spend all day looking in a mirror hardly achieves that.

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  25. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    when i saw the headline…ithought the piece was about bloody hands bob…and his ilk..

    those who have ‘arranged their affairs’…so as to ‘qualify’..

    ..for some of that working for familes/welfare-money…

    (there is a shit-load of you ‘doing it’…eh..?..

    ..hands up..!..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  26. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    Good riddence to a pretend agreement.

    Vote your party vote to ACT next time.
    and give Mr Key and The National Party a smack at the next election.
    You’ll be giving a swift kick in the cobblers to the Greens, Maori and Labour at the same time…..

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  27. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    all 1.6% of you….

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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