Someone should tell Rodney Hide to tell Sir Roger Douglas to go and get some PR lessons.
Labour Party people will be laughing their heads off as the silly old duffer takes ALL the flak for ALL MPs who have 'overused' their parliamentary perks. His arrogant quip "I'm entitled to take a holiday" is inflammatory and stupid.
Instead of focusing on the exorbitant use of travel allowances for party purposes as practiced by Phil Goff, the media are having a picnic pursuing Sir Roger's personal first class family visit to the UK. Unfortunately for ACT, ordinary voters strongly resent MP's slurping up taxpayers hard earned for personal pleasure and Roger Douglas has made himself the figurehead for this resentment. He has become the archetypal slurper. A rich prick who doesn't need the money but is in for every penny he can get. Whether or not that is true, doesn't matter. It is now the entrenched perception.
Singlehandedly, he has destroyed Rodney Hide's reputation as a 'perk buster.'
I'm afraid the events of the last two days have turned him into an electoral liability for his party. It would be as well if he does not allow his name to be put forard in 2011.
Audrey Young is onto it:-
"Act's Sir Roger Douglas, Parliament's most vocal campaigner against wasteful spending of taxpayers' money, was among the highest-spending non-ministers."