Paintergate 2 - sort of
Remember back in 2002 when Bill English kicked up a stink about then PM Helen Clark signing a painting that wasn't done by her for a charity auction? Yes, Paintergate. There was even a police complaint laid, I recall.
Fast forward a few years and ... above is an illustration made by John Key for a Red Beach school gala ... And the top is an image created by Prime Minister Bill English as part of the upcoming Art and Chocolate Exhibition on May 6 at the Orewa Arts Centre. Eerily similar to the one created by former PM John Key.
So did John Key leave a bunch of unsigned beehives in his PM drawer that Bill signed and passed off as his own? Or has Bill English just made a very well done imitation of JK's work? English himself has provided the explanation: "There are a number of things I admire about John Key, including his artistic ability. It started when I was asked by a charity to 'draw one the same because it sold well'. I'm always happy to help out charities," the Prime Minister said.
Little prince got a bargain
The cost of Prince George's uniform has been described by media outlets as "expensive" at $660. But is it? Really. A reader reckons not. "A quick check on the uniform costs for a Hamilton High School revealed that a basic uniform purchase which includes one pair of PE shorts and one PE shirt, a jacket and jumper for Waikato winters and two shorts and two shirts would cost $420.
Shoes and socks would be an additional cost. I think the reporter who wrote the headline 'Prince George's expensive John Lewis uniform for Thomas's School, Battersea' didn't realise that the little prince whose uniform cost $660 actually got a bargain. For that price he got 24 items, compared to 8 for $420 in Hamilton."