A bad case of trougher’s disease

It is hard to find a worse case of trougher’s disease than this recent example.

A newly-elected district councillor plans to take?her baby to meetings because the?available subsidies exclude childcare.

Hurunui District councillor?Julia McLean said juggling council responsibilities with caring?for?a 6-month-old, 4-year-old and?7-year-old put her?”on the back foot from the?start”.

She wrote to the?Remuneration Authority (RMA) asking for?council?expense?policies to be brought into?”modern times”.

As well as councillors’?salaries, the RMA covered?cellphone and?internet use?and?mileage, but there was nothing for childcare.

McLean, 33, said it?may explain why more women, especially mothers, were not involved in?local body governance despite the number of decisions that affected families.

“I’ve been elected as an equal, but I’m not being treated as one”.

Yes you are…treated equally. No bloke has his child care taken care of by the Council. She knew the deal at the get go, now is whinging up a storm to almost cry-baby levels.

The reality is politicians can and do think they are special, and are entitled to all sorts of perks and privileges not available to an ordinary worker.

She should be told to pay for it herself or fuck off.

McLean had no immediate family in Canterbury. Her partner worked full time, Monday to Friday. ?While her older children were at school or?covered under the 20 hours free early?childcare programme, her 6-month-old and the school holidays?were a?problem.

She was required to attend an eight-hour council meeting every Thursday, as well as?reading?and preparation. She has?fielded?calls to sit on advisory boards.

After taking?childcare costs out of her $19,000?salary, there would be little left, she said.

When she got the job, she did not?expect “to become rich, but?didn’t expect it to?cost”.

If she could not?receive an RMA reimbursement, she would take?her baby?to council meetings?when a carer was not available.

The council needed to understand how childcare worked, McLean?said.

“Council meetings don’t?stop in the holidays.”

Well, boo-fricking-hoo cupcake. You knew the deal before you started. Take the baby, no one will care.

I can’t understand why congenital idiots like this stand for public office, if not to avail themselves of or create new troughs to sup at.

 

-Fairfax

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