Let me be very clear at the outset. I do not hold a candle for the now (dis)honorable Roger McClay.
He has shamed himself and it is unlikely he will ever find gainful employment in any position involving significant trust.
If one was inclined to put the boot in one might comment that perhaps things started to go pear shaped when he jumped fence to Winston First and became a Trustee of the now infamous Spencer Trust. I mean we still don't know what happened to the $154k supposed raised and supposedly donated to to Charity.
But I do think the outcry from the media and others about the so called leniency of the sentence (300 hours community service) is a dog whistle response which fails to take account of all that he has lost.
And the sentencing judge was wrong to suggest that he defrauded the organisations he worked for. My understanding is that he was entitled to claim travel expenses from those organisation and did so. But where he went wrong was that he also double dipped against his ex MP travel entitlement and as such he defrauded you and me a taxpayers.
But my point is that in addition to the conviction and sentence he is also certain to loose his Honorific and forfeit his QSO as well as his ex MP travel entitlement. McClay is now 65 years old and if we work that entitlement through (one return business class fare to London and 12 return trips to Wellington per annum) and based on the average male expectancy of 78.2 he will also forfeit something in the order of $192,000 (2010 dollars).
Taken as a whole I think the collective punishment fits the crime.
General Debate 20 February 2017
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