Can Goff hold any position on anything for longer than a day?

With the ensuing debacle unfolding in the aftermath of Darren Hughes resignation it is important to focus on Goff and his multiple positions during this furore.

I’ve noticed a distinct change in Goff’s language in the Hughes case.

On Thursday with Newstalk ZB he was saying it was not his place to make a JUDGMENT on the behaviour.  He repeated that to the Dominion Post and other media which published Friday morning.

He faced increased questioning yesterday about whether he believed Mr Hughes’ judgment and behaviour were politically acceptable, regardless of any police decision.

But he was confident his leadership was safe and he did not believe that his handling of Mr Hughes was now being seen as a test of that leadership.

By Friday night Goff was cutting Hughes adrift big time, talking about POOR JUDGMENT and denying his view had changed.

I’m also curious about when the resignation offer was actually made.  On ZB Sean Plunket asked on Thursday whether Hughes had offered his resignation and Goff gave a categorical “No”.

Yet on Friday’s Close Up Goff said the resignation came “yesterday or a little earlier”, and now former Labour staffer Selwyn Manning is reportingHughes offered Goff his resignation weeks ago, after confiding in his leader that he was under Police investigation”.

So to summarise, Phil Goff has flip-flopped again and again and again. Not only that, there are big question marks about whether Phil Goff lied to Plunket and other media about whether he had received a resignation offer.

This hole just keeps getting deeper for Goff. He really is becoming the David Brent of New Zealand politics.


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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.

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