New Democrats love money. They love money so much they want to take as much as they can from you and give it to other people. That's a legitimate ideology. But thankfully, New Democrats don't get to govern that often, so it's pretty rare you hear about them taking your money and stealing it for themselves.
Darrell Dexter, Nova Scotia's NDP Premier, has admitted to stealing almost $8000 to purchase a digital camera and two laptops. He is apologizing and has pledged to return the money.
Rather than criticize the theft which I'm sure many will do, I wish to salute Dexter for the acknoledgement of his mistake and the promise to repay. It's the right thing to do, and it's also the polticially smart thing to do. The Handle Scandal Manual says to get out in front of the story and fess up. This will kill the story every single time.
One thing that caught my eye for purely selfish reasons was this:
An MLA spent $6,234 for website design and programming. There were claims of $3,250 for a projector screen and accessories, $2,600 for a printer, and $2,499 for a 40-inch LCD television.
I'm a software developer too - and $6000 for a political website is a tremendous amount of money. I have developed a website for a mainstream provincial political party and several websites for grassroots EDAs. I'm much cheaper than whomever the unnamed MLA went to. Give me your business; Conservatives, Liberals, Greens, and NDP are all welcome, your money is good with me. You will get a great site much cheaper, and the value of your investment will be fifty-fold what that poor schmuck* spent. Seriously. Contact me - splatto AT gmail DOT com.
* (To be accurate, I guess we're the schmucks, since that was stolen taxpayer money too)