He was doing so well

Phil Goff was doing so well. He has shown himself to be a strong leader in seeing off petulant poof Chris Carter and then he announced Labour’s “One Strike” policy for people who police in vehicles. But now he has dropped his strong man act, making one believe that it was an act all along. He has angered the Police Association and gone against a survey that show 60% of people support the stance of arming police officers.

Phil Goff was met with fury when he addressed the Police Association this morning and declared his stance on the arming of police officers

Fury from the Police Association this morning at Labour leader Phil Goff’s stance on the arming of police officers.

During a speech to the association this morning, Mr Goff, supported the idea of locked boxes in every police car, but doesn’t want all officers armed.

That’s in line with the government’s position – but Association members angrily questioned Mr Goff on how many officers have to die before he will support arming all officers.

Mr Goff says he hasn’t yet seen a case for that .

He wants to see evidence that police carrying guns at all times in America and Australia have actually made them, and the public safer.

If he is looking for evidence he should look, not to Australia or the US but to Singapore. no one shoots cops in Singapore. The evidence is there before him.

Phil Goff is in a fight for his political survival. He needs to not only act and talk tough, but be tough as well. Matthew Hooton alludes to this in his NBR article (sadly not online, had to go raid the Bucklands Beach Dairy for a copy).

He surmises that a cabal of plotters are indeed working to unseat Goff from his lacklutre leadership of Labour. Ironically his leadership has come into play as a result of Len Brown’s campaign in Auckland.

Until the weekend, Labour seemed unwilling to imagine it could restrict Mr Key to a singleterm. The party’s alternative leaders seemed happy to sit back, let Mr Goff take the fall andplan for their turn in 2014.

David Cunliffe, David Parker, Trevor Mallard and Shane Jones now see the primeministership as in play. The last thing they need is for Mr Goff to triumph in 2011, secure apublic mandate and destroy their dreams of ever making the top job.

I’m not sure that Hooton is right about the involvement of Mallard but I can certainly see the involvement of Jones and Cun(t)liffe as potential leaders, with Parker running the numbers quietly in the backgrounf. Trevor Mallard could be used by them to have a strong word with lingering doubters.

Which brings us to Mr Jones. Just as Mr Brown was ridiculed after his head-banging incident, Mr Jones suffered public humiliation from his penchant for porn. But time heals, and Mr Jones is the latest manifestation of the Maori leader who can appeal across racial lines. He’s the Labour man business thinks it can work with.

Moreover, his ambition is great, having been the golden child of his hapu from the day he was born.

Jones though would need the help of the likes of Charles Chauvel to help deliver the the rainbow wing of caucus. Is it any wonder then that Charles Chauvel is busily distancing himself for the squealing of Chris Carter. With Andrew Little not yet in parliament, and marooned hoping to win New Plymouth, the plotters need to move to unseat Goff quickly.

All this explains nicely his appearance of being tough, an appearance he dropped in opposing the Police Association request for officers to be armed.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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