Last night I heard Rodney Hide say to TV3 News, "I am not a martyr".
The reason Hide's tax-payer funded spending on his girlfriend's travel consumed talkback on all channels yesterday is because that is exactly what people thought he was - a martyr.
He used to rail against perks. He cast a lone vote against increased perks. He made himself very unpopular in Parliament. A martyr "accepts discomfit in order to be more highly thought of."
Also last night, a friend rang me. She and her partner voted ACT last year because I convinced them to. That Rodney was the best thing in parliament. A cut above.
She asked, do you still have that painting of Rodney Hide? To which I responded, yes. Well get it out. I wanna throw darts at it.
She's a full-time cleaner with kids to support. Life isn't flash in material terms.
Rodney, you earn 10 times what she does. Nobody is disputing that level of recompense (not yet anyway).
But why couldn't you have paid for your partner's airfares and travel expenses?
General Debate 10 March 2014
53 minutes ago