Principle vs. Politics

Phil Goff has a history of putting politics ahead of prinicples. He abandoned all his principles in order to undermine Don Brash.

He broke longstanding foreign diplomacy conventions to smear the Leader of the Opposition with ‘Gone By Lunchtime’. This smear was subsequently proved to be a lie by the release of the Wikileaks documents. He defended the breach at the time.

Phil Goff: “If an MFAT official released something that they were not entitled to release, that would be against the internal rules and procedures. In these reports Dr Brash is not a young player, he’s 63 years old. He knows there’s an official recording of what he says. Maybe it was naivety on his part, but I’m afraid that when you indulge in that sort of deceit then you are likely to be caught out.”Q:Is this an example of one law for all?

Phil Goff: “If I’m caught out in anything I say that is not consistent then I should face the consequences.

In attack, Mr Goff was happy to put politics before principle.

Let’s see if Phil Goff will hold himself to that last line as quoted above.

More at 6pm.


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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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