Goff not committed to Capital Gains, Labour not committed to Goff

Phil Goff trotted along to Red Radio to talk up Labour’s much heralded tax grab policy. You would think he would be confident of a “fair” hearing from the pinkos at Red Radio. But Mary Wilson, obviously a resident property speculator, carves him up a beauty.

Phil Goff whining about tax

Own Your Future: Roll your leaderRADIO NZ – NATIONAL        Date:  14/07/2011

MARY WILSON:        If this doesn’t win you the election will Labour drop the policy?

PHIL GOFF:   Well it’s a bit like parliaments, one parliament doesn’t determine the next parliament and I’m not determining what the Labour Party might do at some point in the future. But what…

MARY WILSON:      But if it’s a good policy for the future you should hang onto it shouldn’t you?

PHIL GOFF:  Well I’ve got to say this. That within our caucus and within our New Zealand council and our policy council there’s overwhelming support for it. People like it, they think it is bold but they think it is the best thing for New Zealand and it’s the fairest thing to do.

MARY WILSON:        Yeah but you can’t say that if you still lose the election you’ll hang onto it?

PHIL GOFF:   I can’t say that about any policy that there might be for the future. Every – every term the Labour party…

MARY WILSON:        [Interrupts] But this is a policy for the future, you’ve just spent a whole lot of time telling us that this is a policy for the future.

PHIL GOFF:   Yeah and I’m telling you I think it’s the right thing to do, but just like any other policy I can’t tell you whether what the Labour policy will be in six, nine or 12 years’ time. I think this is the right thing and I hope that the Labour Party does hold onto it…

I note that Phil Goff tails off at the end, he is probably hoping they hold on to him for a another couple of days, possibly weeks. But this interview shows that Labour and Phil Goff aren’t that wedded to CGT nor are they prepared to die in a ditch over it.

Mary Wilson can join Mike Hosking as a honorary VRWC switch hitters this week.


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  • alex Masterley

    Let me get this right, Goff thought it was the wrong policy in 2009, now he thinks it is the right policy and in two years he might change his mind again and decide it’s the wrong policy.

    Flip flops?

    • jamesstephenson

      No alex, I’ve been trained to call them “jandals” in this country.

      Jandal…as in “Phil can’t handle the..”

    • cadwallader

      Goff was not in favour of a CGT in February this year…now look!

  • jabba

    good grief .. his supporters, all 4 of them, would be in a state of dispair over that interview

  • roger

    Cam i dont care about either party or bluntly any party now but under hone keys asset sales and when central china power corp obtaines our energy grid im waiting for your posts pointing out the benifits of overseas domination of everything we hold dear, now sold overseas, just a thought.
    ps i would be interested to see what MPs make it onto the company boards, its called legal troughing
    pps, mum and dad shareholders, GIGGLE

    • Sheesh; for someone who “don’t care about either party” you do a great job of abusing Key…

    • devlsadvocate

      Controlled, minority-stake selling now, or a fire sale of a fast-bankrupting country later when our debt balloons, credit rating is dropped, best companies go offshore and best people have to choose between being driven into poverty by interest rates or setting up overseas.

      That’s the choice Labour’s put us in, after squandering the gains of 9 fairly prosperous years from a strong global economy and not saving up for the day it all turns to shit.

      Don’t whine about asset sales. Nobody who loves New Zealand likes it. Its a bad choice amongst many incredibly terrible ones.

    • cadwallader

      I am a Dad and I have shares…any problems with that-loser?

      • cadwallader

        PS That was for Roger.

  • reid

    Why this is the Silent-T double-twist half-pike end-game so accurately predicted by Cam a week or so ago when rumours of this first surfaced.

    Diabolical, isn’t it.

  • titanuranus

    What kinda parallelogram universe does John Armstrong of the Herald live in?


  • Guest

    Bullshit. Goff & King will follow Klarks example: they have exactly 12 days left as leader and deputy of Labour. 

    The local electorate parties are already arranging the replacement candidates for the bi-elections when they both step down next year.