Oh, great. Phil has had worse jobs. That makes him totally electable.
Goff has been leaning left his whole life. He joined the Labour Party as a 15-year-old, after a nudge by his old mate Mike Moore, whose couch he was sleeping on at the time. (He had been kicked out of home by his “old-school” father; a girl may have been involved, although he says he thinks his father managed to kick all of his four kids out at some stage).
He is not standing as a Labour candidate in the Auckland mayoralty but, like Len Brown before him, as an independent. Oh, that’s just semantics, I say. Everyone knows he’s the Labour guy. Of course, he says that it is not just semantics, even though “everyone knows that I’m a Labour MP and that I have been all my life”.
He is an almost entirely affable fellow, not, he says, easily annoyed. Or he is good at pretending not to be easily annoyed? “No. No. No,” he says, smiling, that easy, practised public smile of his. When he became Leader of the Opposition, he did have media training, from Brian Edwards and Judy Callingham, who may have given him some advice on matters such as not appearing to be easily annoyed. “Umm. No. I don’t think my character has changed much over the entire time in politics.” That sounds plausible; perhaps his office decor reflects his character.
Unsalted, unsweetened porridge it is then. Every day. Read more »