Phil's state of the nation speech analysis

Here was me thinking I was going to have to do a lot of homework, read Phil’s speech and pick it apart bit by bit. But then Phil made the speech and it can be summarised in one sentence.

The country is broke but we are going to make it broker by spending at least $1.5 billion so no one, even rich pricks, don’t have to pay cash on the first 5000 they earn.

That is pretty much it. Even Malcolm Harbrow at No Right Turn has had a momentary connection with reality and noticed that Phil Goff simply can’t pay for this rash promise.

Overpromising and relying on magical thinking benefits no-one; it just leads to disappointment and adds to the public’s cynicism about politicians. And that’s something Labour should be trying to avoid.

John Key likewise commented:

It’s fiscally irresponsible, we live in New Zealand not Fantsyland.

But for all the good Phil Goff was hoping to deliver for Labour it all went under the bus that ran over his leadership when he turned up with a dye job. Who ever is advising him should be looking for a new job this morning as the papers are full of his stupid hair cut and bugger all about his stupid proposals. The NZ Herald even gets a girly man to comment and that is just not even helpful.

The new look – although not the coyness – won praise from style guru Colin Mathuru-Jeffree who said Mr Goff had nothing to be ashamed of and should simply own up to it.

“There’s nothing wrong with it as long as it’s not ridiculous. People who colour their hair do it for pure vanity – to look healthy and more youthful. A politician should always represent strength and power, and that always comes with looking younger.”

He did have a tip for Mr Goff, offering lessons on how to “power walk”.

“He does this funny walk. If this one wants to be Prime Minister, it’s all about the walk. He’s got the hair now, I’ll teach him the walk.”

So, it is pure vanity the dye job, and he has a funny walk, not only that a screaming homo is now going to advise Phil Goff how to walk…that is pure comedy gold.

Phil Goff’s message was silly, and made worse with his ludicrous dye job. He may as well take up the offer of fixing his silly walk, it certainly can’t hurt, but will be difficult to master on the stumps he has left for feet after blowing them both off yesterday.


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