Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Austerity for some, but not for others II

The National-led government is big on austerity. They're cutting public servants, they're cutting health, they're cutting education, all in the name of a balanced budget. Meanwhile, they're also buying themselves flash new cars:

The government has ordered 34 new BMWs to replace its current fleet which is just three years old.

Just a few weeks after Prime Minister John Key said that Kiwis "have to tighten their belts, we have to do the same", the government is to spend taxpayer money on the impressive limos.

The government said it would receive a bulk discount for the fleet of BMWs, which cost around $200,000 on the market but are so exclusive they are yet to arrive in New Zealand.

However, it would will not say how much public money will be used on BMW's flagship 7 Series cars, citing the excuse of commercial sensitivity.

Clearly austerity is only for us plebs. Meanwhile, our lords and masters roll around in luxury at our expense. What a pack of self-interested, greedy hypocrites.