Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Deputy Premier the Hon Kevin Foley, London, Red Bull, and Bollocks

Who: The Honourable Kevin Foley. Deputy Premier, South Australia Government.

Where: London

When: 7 August 2008 to 14 August 2008.

What: Sheer Exhaustion

Again I say that I might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I must be missing something.

Maybe 50 pages of the Report fell out on the way across cyberville. It is difficult to focus on a particular issue with the report as, well, there is bugger all to it. Just a lot of tables and facts that anyone could get via Google.

He did chuck in a lovely map of the UK, and it was sweeeeeet to see him acknowledge my home country of Northern Ireland.

This will be easy. Here is what you, the taxpayer, got for your money:


3pm. Meeting with CEO of Connaught

Big fat blank

7.00pm Dindins with the Agent General

12.30pm Lunch with Agent General
2.30pm Meeting with CEO Ultra Electronic

9.00am - 10am Meeting with Genesis
11.00 am - noon Meeting with Credit Suisse

2.00pm - 3.00pm Meeting with Fidelity

1.40pm off to New York.

When I worked in the Public Service, had I presented this itinerary for approval, I would have been laughed out of the room. A big, fat knockback!!

Apart from the obvious fact that Kevo and Billyboy (Agent General Bill Muirhead) must have really hit it off on the Sunday, or it could have been an all-nighter finishing Monday lunchtime, we taxpayers got just under ONE business day of meetings out of our Deputy Premier's 8 day Qantas-frequent-flyer-pointed, expenses-every-day stopover.

At least he stayed at one of London's cheaper hotels, the Radisson Leicester. Room rates between $430 and $930 per night.

Holy toldeo, I would just love to work for Kevie. Though, with that hectic schedule to follow, methinks Red Bull!

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