I just happened upon this story in which Mike Rann who served SA as Premier for about a decade has been given a driver, an office and staff in a policy which provides such things to Premiers who have served for longer than four years.
Other than the car – I don’t know what’s wrong with taxis – this seems OK to me. Indeed if the story is to be believed, it’s only for six months after he resigns – to handle correspondence etc (one needs a driver to handle correspondence for obvious reasons).
Anyway, though the reporting was neutral enough there’s a poll on whether this is OK or not. And of course they don’t just want you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’. They want you to run your own little story on A Current Affair. With a yawning and very dreary excluded middle, one gets this choice:
Is Mike Rann entitled to the extra perks?
- Yes, he served the state well
- No, this is outrageous
And of 2815 votes, 86.47% said it was outrageous. I’m generally down on perks – like outrageously generous superannuation or free business class travel for life, but these seem to me to be some of the least outrageous perks I’ve come across.