John Armstrong talks about how Labour has managed to turn advantage into disadvantage.
What were they thinking? Why did four of Labour’s most politically astute MPs – Phil Goff, Annette King, Clayton Cosgrove and Kris Faafoi – not foresee how awful it would look for senior party figures to be seen hobnobbing with SkyCity executives in the company’s corporate box at Eden Park last Saturday night?
Those MPs have since tried to rationalise their acceptance of SkyCity’s hospitality by saying they had used the invitation to remind their hosts of Labour’s trenchant opposition to last month’s deal between the gaming company and John Key’s Government.
Oh yeah…so Phil Goff says…so Phil, when did you give them the stern message about their sleazy deal?
Was it outside The Depot as you met your SkyCity hosts for the evening? Was it over pre-dinner drinks before ordering? Was it after the entree? Or did you wait till after the main course? Perhaps over dessert? Or coffee?
Oh I know…you told them in the cab on the way to the game? Perhaps in the stairs up to the corporate box? no couldn’t have been…you were there to till the end. Maybe it was just before kick off, in that little lull after the national anthems but before the haka? Not then? Was it at half time? Or waiting for a goal to be kicked? Or did you wait until full time, all the piss and food were gone and you were just leaving…was it then you flipped them the bird and told them they were sleazy bastards doing dodgy deals?
Or did you just lie about it all?
We know, Phil, the real story was written all over your face and the the face of the others. Lying troughers caught pants down by Farrar coming out of the lift on his way tot eh Air New Zealand box.
Stupid Clayton Cosgrove didn’t even bother to tell the others they’d been rumbled did he?