On Phil Goff

Political scientist Clare Robinson has a devastating analysis of Phil Goff in her comments about the Hughes affair:

Professor Robinson said if the Labour leadership had stood down Mr Hughes immediately after learning of the police investigation, he could have made an immediate comeback after being cleared.

Instead the party leadership kept it quiet for almost three weeks, sending Mr Hughes on leave only after the allegations became public. The next day Mr Hughes was stood down from his portfolios, and a day later he had resigned.

[But] it didn’t really change the amount of disrespect people already had for [party leader] Phil Goff. It didn’t really go up or down because it was already so low,” Professor Robinson said

That comment is devastating on the absentee Labour leader.

The person I feel sorry for the most is the political cripple who has been left as the spokesman with Goff having a holiday in the middle of election year and Annette King maintaining her silence over what happened at her house.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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