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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  • peterwn

    And I would like to know at what stage Darren told Phil Goff that the hapless 18 year old ran from the house naked – I suspect Phil did not know about this until those workers told the media yesterday they saw him in Moxham Avenue in the wee hours with one hand covering you know what and the other hand trying to thumb a lift.

  • thor42

    Phil Goof flip-flops more often than a pancake.

  • whafe

    Have we not been saying since Hulun left the Labour party and popped Phil Goof in as the leader that he was as weak as piss and was that bent that he couldn’t lie straight in bed….

    I am not in anyway surprised that this clown pants flip flops more than a pancake….

    Again, Labour, the gift that just keeps on giving to National…..

    What’s even funnier is there will still be hard core Pinko’s that will think Phil Goof is an amazing leader, a steamy goat shit is more appealing than Goof…… They can only garner support offering something for free, or what the Pinko’s perceive is free….

  • middleagedwhiteguy

    When Carter and Georgina Beyer start telling you to Man Up…………

  • thehoff

    Yet more ‘Et tu Brutus’ for Phil Goff…

  • thehoff

    So is Helen Clark still running Labour or what?