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Rumours are swirling that the esteemed temporary Leader of the Labour Party is to take at least a week off from the election campaign to attend his son’s wedding.

Attending your son’s wedding in itself is an obviously important duty as a father however let’s just unpack the problems with this at a political level.

  1. If your own son believed you could win the election wouldn’t he ensure the timing of the wedding was outside the election campaign process?  I mean, if my Dad was likely to be PM I’d be doing everything to help him get there – even postponing my own wedding.
  2. Is leaving the country for a week a good idea?  I don’t know.  It might pay to ask Jim Bolger and a number of other former Leaders what usually happens when you go overseas.
  3. Is Goff trying to outplay the PM and show that he too can attend a wedding overseas?  I’m not sure how much media coverage junior Goff’s wedding will get though.
  4. Do the polls say that you can take a week off work?  I suspect they don’t.

Now, let’s look at the positives.

  1. Attending his son’s wedding will remind the wider public that Goff is not Clark.  He is a family man.
  2. Attending his son’s wedding will remind the wider public that Goff is just like Key.  He is a family man.
  3. OK, so

Poor Mr Goff, can’t get a break anywhere.


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