Are our most expensive leaders in the world worth their pay?

Article posted by me on 17 Nov 2016 in onlinecitizen website:

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/11/17/are-our-most-expensive-leaders-in-the-world-worth-their-pay/

Topic: Are our most expensive leaders in the world worth their pay?

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So much has been said about our highly overpaid ministers in the political arena.

The emphasis is that they are, without a doubt, highly over-rated.

I can remember how one minister [at the time in charge of transport] could not even see the illogicality of his argument: the road tax on a motor cycle was either at a very, very low rate [I think it was a flat rate] or at a nominal value, compared to that for a car; this minister argued that the size of the car is about three times the size of the motor cycle, and therefore the owner of a car has to pay a road tax much higher than that payable by the owner of a motor cycle. The road tax for a car was [still is?] based on its engine capacity; thus the owner of a 3,000 cc engine car has to pay a road tax 3 times that for a 1,000 cc engine car, regardless of the fact that the 3,000 cc engine car [say, a sports car] may not be much bigger in overall size compared to a 1,000 cc saloon.

A car owner wrote a letter to The Straits Times and it was published [in the Forum section, if my memory serves]. This person suggested to the transport minister that based strictly on the latter’s reasoning, on size of car being 3 times size of motor cycle, the road tax for a car should logically be imposed at 3 times that for a motor cycle [at the time a road tax for a car could mean a setback for the owner of over $1,000/$2,000 [or more] whereas a motor cycle owner was paying a relatively small sum [it was perhaps less than $50 pa].

The transport minister made no response, if I recall correctly.

This minister is now a member of the Cabinet; he is not an exception.

They are all over-rated.

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