No double dipping

Chris Carter is off to Kabul to fight corruption.

Expelled Labour MP Chris Carter is leaving New Zealand to tackle corruption in war-torn Afghanistan.

Te Atatu MP Carter is to take up a post in Kabul with the United Nations. He has previously said he would leave parliament at the election.

It’s understood Carter is to quit next week before flying out that weekend.

His departure won’t force a by-election because it is less than three months to the November 26 election.

Prime Minister John Key said he heard about the appointment last night.

“Kabul can be a bit of rough place,” he said. “Good luck out there.”

Carter was booted out of Labour last year for plotting against Labour leader?Phil Goff and is now an independent MP. Before that he was demoted for using his ministerial credit card to buy personal items.

Goff said: “I’d wish anybody going to Kabul well, but what he does is his affair.”

He didn’t give Carter a job reference. “He didn’t ask and I wouldn’t have given one.”

When I heard the news I tough I’d Chris a call and see if he was going to do a double dip rort. He assured me that he isn’t and he was careful not to. He told me that if he waited quietly for three more weeks and then resigned he would have been able to score pay through until February, but he has lerned his lesson and so decided to make a clean break and get on with his new job.

I wish Chris all the best, though I’m not sure he knows what he is getting himself into going to Kabul.

Can’t wait till his book comes out though.