Should NZ Govt be asking questions of the Commonwealth Secretary-General

Guide Fawkes covers the spending row over Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General:

Baroness Scotland has surfaced on the Today programme where she insisted “there has been no extravagance at all” in her spending since she became Secretary General.

Scotland said it is “untrue” she demanded £4,000 for a mirror-lined cupboard. Hereis the cost plan showing her demand for a £4,000 mirror-lined cupboard.

She said there is “no chandelier”. Read the emails where her staff complain about her demands over an “extremely expensive chandelier” here.

She said the total cost would be the original budget “plus the fees plus things that would come up”. Read her staff complaining about how expensive those “things that would come up” are here.

Scotland said she followed all procurement rules to hire her friend Lord Patel on £30,000-a-month. Here is a memo showing procurement practices were waived.

NZ taxpayers help fund the Commonwealth. Should our Government be asking questions?

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