Goff needs to go

Phil Goff mounted a full scale attack this morning about not being briefed over the alleged Israeli spy issue.

As I pointed out earlier he has placed the head of the SIS, Warren Tucker into a possible sticky situation in that he is required by law to briefed the leader of the Opposition. Phil Goff was adament this morning that he had not been briefed.

Labour leader Phil Goff denies he was briefed on the SIS investigation into suspicions that Israeli backpackers were spying in Christchurch.

Goff is furious over the Prime Minister’s entire handling of the affair, including claims yesterday that the Labour leader was kept in the loop.

Goff insists he was not briefed before, during or after the investigation and says he has texted the head of the SIS to complain about John Key’s comments.

That is pretty emphatic from Goff just this morning. Yet at his press conference this afternoon he is back-pedalling furiously.

After hearing Key’s remark, Goff contacted SIS director Warren Tucker for a ”please explain”.

Tucker told him he had ”flicked the issue past him” during a regular meeting with Goff in March. The pair meet every eight weeks. Goff said he couldn’t recall the matter being discussed in the meeting, which occurred a week to a fortnight from the quakes.

Goff said he was shown one of three documents about the investigation this morning, but wouldn’t discuss its contents.

”The head of the Security Intelligence Service said he flicked the issue past me and said there wasn’t much to it,” Goff said.

”He ‘didn’t dwell on it’, was his comments.

”If there had been anything of substance said to me I’m sure I would recollect it.”

Well, well, well, turns out that Goff was briefed. Not only that back in March. Now instead of emphatically denying and insisting he wasn’t briefed, Goff is now claiming he can’t remember.

Phil Goff has a history of making stuff up over briefings. It certainly looks like he has done it again here and all for maximum political gain. The disgusting thing about his is his target turned out not to be John key but instead a civil servant, who presumably has screeds of diary notes and reports of the briefings that he gave Phil Goff.

All someone has to do now is ask Warren Tucker to produce the briefing notes and Goff is a goner.

Shamefully Goff has used the February earthquake as a cover for his “forgetting” about the briefing. Perhaps there is a more interesting reason why Goff “forgot”. He was busy trying to keep one of his own out of the news by keeping details about a Police investigation secret.


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  • cadwallader

    In March he’d have had his mind on the job; covering Dazza’s arse!

  • kevin

    goff = dork

  • Doc

    He was probably busy, at the time he took the call, helping Wussle find his fwag.

  • whafe

    Goff is an old has-been….

    Takes us back to the fact that everyone, and more so the Labour Party MP’s that Goff should not be leading the party. He is not up tot he job…

    The gift that keeps giving to National, however we need strong opposition. Not pathetic weak as piss bullshit artists!

  • thor42

    When the hell are Goof, Annette King and all of the other Labour has-beens going to slink off into the sunset?
    The sooner, the better. They’re a waste of space and money. It’s a shame that the bastards will still get the gold-plated super that they voted themselves back in the ’80s. Pricks.

  • deputy

    Goof is dead man walking. I am sorry to admit i have some very staunch left wing friends …. Funny but they all agree that their leader is useless as tits on a bull. They pray that one of the two Davids leads them to victory in 3 years.

    Me… I like goof in his current position as It will make Nationals re election a dead cert in November.

  • marybelle

    Well, well,well – well – there we go then – just goes to show you. This spygate story WAS timed to detract from PM John Key’s visit to the US. Well,l well, well – well it has backfired.

    • ltchop

      Wow the paranoia runs deep here ….

  • Doc

    Hell, I really really wish that the SIS have briefed Goff and he’s just more f##ked in the head than we think.

    This could really come back and bite him in the ass: “He said the prime minister has to understand the responsibilities of his office and cannot “mouth off” without checking his facts first.”

  • Goff has tarnished several reputations today; Warren Tucker’s and John Key’s. But the reputation that has been damaged the most is without doubt Phil Goff’s.

  • thor42

    Hell, all this “Israel spy” stuff is a storm in a teacup anyway, if you ask me.
    Given that Israel is in the most dangerous part of the world, and yet they are *still* able to have an airline with one of the safest records in the world – that speaks volumes for Israel’s competence. I reckon we should get them to run *our* country too! Better than the current mob of insipid too-timid-to-do-anything losers.

  • buffalobob

    Thor42….unsure if your being sarcastic….. El Al have a dodgy safety record at best…

    • thor42

      No, I wasn’t being sarcastic. By safety, I should specify that I was solely referring to security – in particular, in the last 20-30 years or so. For what it’s worth, the Wikipedia article on El Al mentions that “in 2008, the airline was named by Global Traveler magazine as the world’s most secure airline.”
      That’s what I was meaning by Israeli competence – that in the most hostile part of the world, Israel is able to have an airline which gets accolades like the one from Global Traveler magazine.
      I’m not at all familiar with the other aspect of El Al’s safety – mechanical safety.

  • grantmichaelmckenna

    The Honourable Phil Goff is the best Leader of the Opposition that New Zealand has ever had, and I wish him many years in the job.

    • Quite so Grant; Goff should be appointed to the role in perpetuity

    • thor42

      Heh….. me too…… ;)

  • whafe

    The Labour party will not kick his hairy chocolate starfish for 6 after todays BS… We all said this when the naked runner saga unfolded some months back, nothing happened…

    No one in the Labour ranks has the balls to step up…..

    Goff is the gift that keeps giving, but again, we need strong opposition, not some hay seed.

  • titanuranus

    Why has nobody,least of all the MSM ,asked what the Israelis were actually spying on?
    The Christchurch publics penchant for skinheads? The price of dairy products ?
    OMG,not spying on Todd and the Crusaders by any chance ,the devious bastards.

    Fuck me ,Goof can`t even do a reasonable impression of Kim il Jong and his interminable spying fantasies.