The last line of your post sums up my thoughts. While we can all hope such revelations would have political implications, I fear most of NZ will just shrug their shoulders and consider it to confirm their view on all politicians.
Can the public see the details of the two offers to determine for themselves which was superior?
I'll never buy the salary argument. Where should it start and stop? Why not taxis, meals, etc. Yes it is a good salary, but it is their money once it is paid and I don't want politics to be dominated by those who can afford to throw their own money at it in order to be successful.
I agree you should be reasonable, but I do not think it unreasonable for a person to have a drink the evening when travelling for work.
Now, how much you should spend and whether you should do so at a Party Conference is another question. Examples of how some very poor behaviour by some spoil things for the majority of reasonable people.
I may have to give this politician thing a go. If you can operate as a Minister after downing a bottle of whiskey the night before, how hard can it be?
or alcohol at party conference dinners
I don't really get the alcohol thing. When I travel for work, I always charge the entire cost of a meal, including any booze. I try not to go overboard, obviously.
Not sure why we expect politicians to subsidise their work requirements (schmoozing) with their personal cash.
I don't remember all the details at the time, but do remember feeling a little sorry for these people who are expected to serve SIGNIFICANT time away from their families and the public thought it outrageous for them to be bought a drink.
Anyway, not trying to threadjack, so moving on...
Let's not get too carried away. This is politics we are talking about.
So we have to buy our way out of it? How depressing.
So far (though I guess to an admittedly casual observer and Cunliffe supporter), Cunliffe is the only one who seems able to emphatically answer hard questions.
Will you raise taxes? Hell yeah
Will you remain bound to the Sky City deal? Parliament is sovereign
I don't sense the same from the other two yet.
Probably, but the Greens for me need to translate their stellar poll showings into actual election results. We never really know what they will bring to the party until the night.
On current numbers, Labour won't have any choice. The 'left' block only looks meaningful when you add the Greens and Labour together. Divided, they are both also-rans.
The question which I always come back to is who will Green/Labour have to deal with to get over the line.