Which Phil Goff is leading Labour?

David Farrar asks the question.

Is it Phil Goff, Leader of the Opposition (PGLOTO) or Phil Goff, leader of the Labour party (PGLPL)

It is a surprise that Phil Goff, Labour Party Leader, did not take the advice of Phil Goff, Leader of the Opposition. Here’s a quote from PGLOTO in 2009:

Opposition leader Phil Goff said today Mr Key should have sacked Dr Worth last week.

“The matter could have been dealt with rather more promptly,” Mr Goff said.

So let us compare the cases of Dr Worth and Mr Hughes.

  1. Dr Worth’s leader is informed of a Police complaint. He briefly investigates, and then sacks Dr Worth. All of this occurs before the Police complaint is even made public. PGLOTO claims the matter should have been dealt with more promptly.
  2. Mr Hughes’ leader is informed of a Police complaint. PGLPL does nothing at all until the matter becomes public.

It is astounding that Phil Goff sat for two weeks on this. More astounding that Annette King also sat on this knowing full well what has gone on in her house, with the Police coming to visit. What is the most astounding of all is that Andrew Little as late as yesterday was still professing to know nothing about it all depsite Phil goff telling the media that “his leadership team” had known for two weeks.

It does beg the rather obvious question. Is Andrew Little not in Goff’s leadership team?

Forget Darren Hughes, he is a political corpse now. The real issues before us all is what is going to happen inside Labour. Goff’s leadership team, to a man, are now hopelessly exposed for attempting to cover up an alleged crime. If ever there was to be a coup against Goff, the time is best right now. Goff’s entire coterie of support are effectively neutralised by this issue.

The last remaining question is this: What faction will win the coming bloodbath?


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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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