Goff compared to Bill English and Jim McLay

Poor old Phil Goff, the Herald compared him to Bill English and Jim McLay.

Mr Goff is far from alone in his misfortune. In the New Zealand context, he might be compared with Bill English or Jim McLay. The former, a leading minister in a recently defeated Administration, failed to get anywhere near to leading National back to office. The latter had the unenviable task of pitting himself against a rampant David Lange. The electorate had declared itself firmly in favour of something new. Anything worthwhile that Mr McLay brought to the leadership of the National Party and offered the country, particularly in comparison to his predecessor, Sir Robert Muldoon, was almost irrelevant.

The only questions remaining to be answered are:

How low can Phil Goff take Labour? and

Will he beat Bill English?


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