It's extraordinary to think that the finance minister of a heavily indebted country could carry on his or her activities without understanding what they cost the treasury.

It's even more extraordinary that those who advise and support the minister could let him or her carry on this way.

It's SCANDALOUS!

Budget constraints should bind more tightly in such countries all the time for those who get their pay and salaries from the public purse.

It's hard to accept that a minister who acts in this way can reasonably expect to stay in office, especially when the cost involved is high.

It's SCANDALOUS that such activities have to be dragged into the public domain through a request for information.

It's SCANDALOUS that a finance minister doesn't immediately tender his or her resignation when such information becomes public.

Whatever the reasons given for not knowing what costs were being incurred, they all demonstrate a level of carelessness that isn't acceptable in anyone spending other people's money. It's a level of carelessness that shouldn't be tolerated in someone who controls and supposedly manages the nation's finances.

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