Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones gets away with saying a lot of things many other Cabinet ministers won’t even dream of uttering.
Unfortunately, NZ First’s Jones has a poor track record with public funds: just look at his credit card use when he was previously in government.
We’ve already seen a plethora of PGF projects being concentrated in the Northland region, where Jones hopes to get re-elected.
Meanwhile, a mate of your canine crusader tells him that former NZ First employee and Winston Peter’s chief man-bag carrier in opposition David Broome – who was dumped after the election – is now riding the PGF gravy train scoping out projects for the fund in the Otago region. The Hound suggests this looks very much like a job-for-the-boys scheme for NZ First and its cronies.