Was it deliberate?

Felix Marwick has reported that yet more evidence has emerged about Phil Goff’s role in the “gone by lunchtime” non-quote that he shopped tot he nedia against Don Brash.

Leaked US diplomatic cables are casting fresh doubt about the”gone by lunchtime” phrase famously attributed to Don Brash.

A cable written by former Ambassador Bill McCormick in November 2006 said Mr Goff had misquoted a MFAT staffer’s notes when he claimed the then leader of the National Party had promised the anti-nuclear policy would be gone by lunchtime if his party won the election.

Now another embassy cable, from 2004, backs up that assertion.

The summary of the meeting between US officials and Don Brash and Lockwood Smith says the Kiwi politicians did say the legislation had a negative impact on our defence forces.

But the cable says they also offered little hope the New Zealand public would be willing to see the legislation scrapped.

This is now the second Wikileaks cable that proves that Phil Goff either lied about the quote, or he either wilfully or carelessly misquoted Don Brash.

We really are getting a long term pattern of behaviour from Phil Goff now, where he says one thing, evidence then proves him wrong and he spins out of control covering up what he said before.

Phil Goff 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. Now it has been proved wrong again. 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.

Phil Goff should honor his own words. He has been caught out again, just like on the SIS briefing issue. He is constantly being caught out, he must face the consequences.

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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.

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