Phil Goff

Will Andrew Little hold Phil Goff to account for his lies

A reader notes the earlier statements by Andrew Little over accusations that Phil Goff leaked the IGIS report.

But Mr Goff’s version of events seems to differ from Mr Little’s, who says he sought assurances the MP didn’t leak the report.

“He’s given me those assurances, I’m satisfied with that,” he said on Firstline this morning.

“He hasn’t given the report to anybody, he declined media interviews until the report was released at 10am yesterday, so I don’t know where they came from and I’m satisfied they didn’t come from Phil Goff.

So Goff now gives “a full and unreserved apology” for leaking the report?!

Who is lying Goff, Little, both?   Read more »

A Negative Campaign against Phil Goff?

The left wing are anointing Phil Goff as the new messiah and the man who will win the Auckland Mayoralty. This is despite his inability to raise funds.

They are also overlooking Goff having had a long track record in parliament, a track record that includes mistakes and lies that really do not bear much scrutiny.   Read more »

Goff admits he leaked, gets slap on hand with wet bus ticket

Phil Goff has issued an apology admitting he leaked the contents of the IGIS report.

As is usual a politician gets a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket, whereas if anyone else had leaked such a document they would likely be prosecuted.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication.

The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further.

All witnesses, including Mr Goff, were subject to a confidentiality order of the Inspector-General. The order was made to ensure fairness and the integrity of the inquiry. The disclosure of the report by Mr Goff was in breach of the order.

While no classified information was disclosed, Mr Goff’s disclosure led to premature media reporting on the content of the report, to the detriment of other witnesses to the inquiry, particularly those adversely affected by the report. Ms Gwyn said this was unfair to those witnesses, and she would be taking steps to ensure there was greater clarity around release protocols and legal obligations for future reports.   Read more »

Can Phil Goff Raise Enough Money to Win a Mayoral Campaign?

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Phil Goff is being talked up as the next mayor of Auckland.

The problem for Phil and his booster is that he is dead set useless at fundraising.

Despite spending most of his life in Parliament he has never built a donor base, and he does not have a fundraiser who can bring the money in to fund a campaign.

To run an effective mayor campaign a candidate either needs a weak opponent or about $800,000.  Read more »

Slatergate the Sequel

PM reveals that he uses the same toothpaste as Slater

Prime Minister John Key has admitted that he uses Colgate toothpaste, the exact same brand as used by the toxic, controversial, vile, attack blogger Cameron Slater. The Prime Minister released a receipt from his local New World that showed that he had purchased a tube of Colgate, cavity protection as pressure mounts over his account of his relationship with the WhaleOil blogger.

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Having been unable to remember the last time he asked Cameron Slater what toothpaste he used, and denying that he had deliberately purchased the exact same toothpaste as Slater to Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Key was forced to admit he misled Parliament this evening.

On Tuesday, Key was asked by reporters when he had last spoken to Slater about the brand of toothpaste he used.

“I don’t know, I can’t recall,” he said.

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Some words of caution for Andrew Little and Labour, but will they listen?

Tony Alexander, in his latest newsletter, has some words of caution for Andrew Little and the Labour party about the path they have embarked on.

Last week I noted that there are some trends which people (businesses I suppose, truth be told) should keep an eye on. These included growing wealth inequality and employers exploiting staff. Perhaps this latter thread is one of the motivating factors behind the new Leader of the Opposition’s announcement that he will set up a two year “Future of Work Commission”. The intention is that this project will examine changes in the way people work via numerous workshops and extensive contact with various groups. The risk is that it ends
up being a grumpy free for all for all and sundry so the first task of the work which Grant Robertson will lead is to tightly define what they wish specifically to focus on and go from there.

Good luck to them because one outcome of the GFC is an altered relationship between employers and employees. But more than that whole new industries and jobs have appeared, there is more casualisation and contracting, and a generation of people have come through the education system and entered the workforce with minimal awareness of what unions can offer them. And that union movement suffers greatly from being associated with exactly that – a politically motivated always Labour-supporting “movement” rather than true representation of employee concerns.

These are early days for the re-elected National government and early days for the latest Labour Party leader, so the thrust of changes in the employee-employer relationship for the next three years is still likely to be in the direction of further empowering the former. But employers should keep an eye on the building undercurrent of discontent among the working poor in particular, what the Aussies call the “battlers”, and where possible seek input into the new Commission.

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The best summary of facts over Phil Goff’s SIS briefing yet

Rodney Hide has done what no journalist has managed to do, written a summary of the failings of Phil Goff and the SIS briefing her got but said he never did.

And he only needed 450 words to do it.

Security Intelligence Service (SIS) boss Rebecca Kitteridge should have told Phil Goff to get stuffed. Instead she apologised. I wouldn’t have.

In election year 2011 – several Labour leaders ago – Goff was floundering about trying to get a hit on Prime Minister John Key. His attacks invariably backfired.

There was a kerfuffle about supposed suspicious activity by Israeli nationals. Key initially declined to comment, citing national security concerns. He subsequently explained that a security intelligence investigation uncovered nothing untoward.

Goff characteristically attacked, saying Key had made a hash of explaining the hitherto unknown concern and that people were asking: “Are we even now being told the truth?” This was a roundabout way of accusing Key of lying.

Further, Goff asserted he should have been briefed. “It’s not been part of any briefing to me.” Key said that wasn’t true. Oops.

Previous SIS boss Warren Tucker met Goff to refresh his memory. The result was Goff flailing about. “There was no briefing per se … I don’t recall at all seeing the document.”

Subsequently, Tucker provided a heavily redacted agenda note under the Official Information Act on his briefing of Goff and the relevant Security Intelligence report, called Investigation into Israeli Nationals in Christchurch, with Tucker’s handwritten note: “Read by/discussed with Mr Goff 14 March 11.”

Goff then attacked Tucker. “I was not shown the document … Warren Tucker is wrong … I was never ‘briefed’ by the SIS.”

It was election year. Goff was losing. He was lashing out. And he couldn’t say he had forgotten or hadn’t paid attention because that was one of his attack lines on Key.

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Bleating Maori trougher having a sook

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Shane Bradbrook is a trougher who I busted for his rubbish anti-smoking campaigns which were really an excuse to cart his troughing self around the world telling people how great he is at stopping indigenous people smoking…the only problem was he wasn’t oing anything of the sort….the reports I obtained under the OIA showed how ineffective he was and he got his funding cut.

Now he is bleating to his pals at Maori TV about how hard done he was.

Shane Bradbrook knows what it’s like to be attacked by Cameron Slater. Bradbrook and his Māori anti-tobacco group were heavily criticised on the blogsite, WhaleOil.

“We lost contracts on it, we were questioned on our viability, credibility, despite us having a great record and meeting outcomes we were attacked constantly,” says Bradbroock.    Read more »

Another NewstalkZB staffer goes feral

There seems to be a cancer eating away at NewstalkZB…one of a lack of courage too, because Rachel Smalley and  now James Robins are both giving me a good  kicking.

You have to wonder if an edict has gone out from NZME.

But neither of them have the courage to say these sorts of things to my face…like many in the media they are spineless cowards.

James Robins goes on a defamatory rant…it really is quite funny. Dallas Gurney will be loving the ratings and traffic that a stoush with me brings.

The Labour Party’s new leader Andrew Little may believe that the Prime Minister should “stand up, take responsibility
apologise” and “move on”. But there’s little chance of turning away from an ever-increasing barrage of evidence against the Government’s deeply disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions.

Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn’s inquiry sought to uncover allegations made against Warren Tucker (former head of the Security Intelligence Service), staffers in the Prime Minister’s office (like black-ops man Jason Ede), and Cameron Slater (a “toxic” hatemonger and terminal “reprobate” blogger) prior to the 2011 Election.

What disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions….this is politics you numpty.

As for calling me a toxic hatemonger, have you been swallowing the seed of Martyn Martin Bradbury? I bet Larry Williams and Leighton Smith don’t agree with you…or even your own boss.

Then-Labour leader Phil Goff, mistakenly convinced that he hadn’t received an intelligence briefing about the actions of a few Israelis after the Christchurch earthquake, found himself under attack not during Question Time or from his enemies during a media stand-up but from the fly-blown pages of a deranged blog.

Released on Tuesday, Gwyn’s report entirely confirms (as if Nicky Hager’s claims needed more affirmation) that Slater received a tip-off about Goff’s folly, was coached through making an OIA request by Key’s staffer Jason Ede, received his politically-damaging treasure in record time thanks to Tucker’s inability to stay “politically neutral”, and proceeded to lambast the Labour Party alongside the Government who gleefully kept their hands ‘clean’ of the entire affair.

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Andrew Little caught in a lie in the first week of the job – and it’s on record

Phil Goff says he didn’t leak it, then he did, then he didn’t really…so what is the real story?

On Radio NZ on 26 November – Phil Goff sticks to calls for PM to resign.

Goff gets very aggressive and slippery when pushed.

Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report "Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report" from Morning Report by Radio New Zealand. "Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report"

As you can hear for yourself he references something he reportedly said the day previously “on radio”, but this interview was used extensively by 3 News as the basis of the story.

Goff confesses he briefed Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins, as well as telling journalists about the content of the report.  Read more »