Even Selwyn Pellett wants Goff gone

Long term Labour apologist Selwyn Pellet has called on Phil Goff to resign. This comes as Phil Goff plays the “Christmas Turkey” election strategy.

Selwyn Pellett calls on Phil Goff to resignWhen a parties donors call openly for the party to axe the leader then you know that Phil Goff is in serious trouble.

It probably explains his inexplicable decision to call for an election when his party languishes 20 odd points behind national in the polls.




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  • thor42

    I’m hoping that Phil Goof will stay on as leader. It’ll make the anticipation of him being deposed after the election all the sweeter. I’m still on “cloud nine” after seeing Clarkzilla defeated in 2008. Ahhh… what a night that was!

  • abjv

    Labour is in the unfortunate position that they cannot elect a leader and front bench that is not tainted by the Clark years. The structure of their list and candidate selections last election have ensured this. Clark did not expect to lose, and/or didn’t worry about the shape of the caucus if she did.

    Depends on what their list looks like this time around (we know what their candidates look like) they could well be in the same position after this election. Do they have the balls to rank some of their sitting MPs well down the list, to allow some new talent in? Or will the new talent be below the sitting MPs put in high list places by Goff trying to retain leadership (and end up below the cutoff line)? And will these new people be talent anyway, or dubious quality candidates picked by party committees stacked during the Clark time and remaining so? Call it ‘the Clark legacy’.

    • reid

      Labour is in the unfor­tu­nate posi­tion that they can­not elect a leader and front bench that is not tainted by the Clark years. The struc­ture of their list and can­di­date selec­tions last elec­tion have ensured this. Clark did not expect to lose, and/or didn’t worry about the shape of the cau­cus if she did.

      Yes it’s devilishly difficult to discern which of those it was alternatives isn’t it, ab.

  • cadwallader

    Last year some of the Young Labour “talent pool” was aired on this blog. I recall that all of them had lofty aims to change the world with the assistance of other people’s money while they clutched themselves and dreamt of the She-Beast. My recollection is that none of them had ever had a proper job and really seemed to be a regurgitation of the class of 1970 from whence Clark and Goof emerged. Will Labour ever be a wised-up sophisticated Party? Not a show in hell! They are utopian dreamers who see the original Labour constituency as mildly necessary to advance their pinko ideas. In other words they are fraudulent aand self-obsessed.

  • funkdup

    “It prob­a­bly explains his inex­plic­a­ble deci­sion to call for an elec­tion”

    It’s not inexplicable. He’s hating his job, he knows people are laughing at him, and he’s keen to get the election out of the way so he can quit without breaking the promise he made to Helen to keep the seat warm until after the 2011 election.

  • Agent BallSack

    Labour doesnt lean to the right enough to pick up the missing votes. National does a credible job of leaning left just enough to pick up the disenfranchised NZFirst, Labour, Green voters. And I firmly believe that if Labour was in power during the global economic cooldown we have found ourselves in, we would be in the same situation as Greece or Ireland and owned by the world banks by now.