The recent focus on politician’s allowances and expenditure reminded me of a story I heard some years ago.
There was a small Curtain and Blind company that had two owners and one employee. It did high end quotes for new hotels, theatres etc. When travel was involved the employee always stayed in better accommodation and ate in better restaurants then the owners, as was her right. The owners didn’t take offence as they said “we would have done the same thing”, but it amused them.
Then the owners sold the business to the employee. Now when she traveled she stayed in cheaper hotels and ate in less expensive restaurants. That’s what happens when it is your money, you treat it different and with more respect.
So perhaps we give politicians an allowance for travel and when that allowance is spent that is it – no more. And no accruing travel from year to year waiting for an election. Then decisions on travel would be better made and the cost of each trip would on average be less?
Also most politicians are fair minded people who do not rort the system. Business people who rort the system give the rest of us (the majority) a bad name and we work with the ATO and others to stop the rorters from doing the wrong thing. Same issue with politicians.
As a side issue it is worth noting that most small business people travel economy class and are perhaps members of an airline lounge. None would be in the Chairman’s lounge and very few travel at the pointy end of a plane. The people who get these perks don’t pay their own way, it is paid by others. Interesting and worth discussing.