Wrong again Phil

Why is it when faced with the opportunity for a stand up in the media Phil Goff has to lie?

The Navy are currently in the news for the actions of a drunk. Quite apart from Iain Lees-Galloway suggesting the drunkenness is because of low morale due to civilianisation of some job we have Phil Goff making an extraordinary claim:

Speaking of the April incident, Mr Goff told the Herald he could recall nothing similar during his tenure as Defence Minister between 2005 and 2008.

“Our Defence Force are our ambassadors internationally and they’re generally excellent for us, but we’ve got to take this sort of behaviour seriously. It’s very clear that whatever the factors are, it’s not a good look. The navy and the Defence Force has to address this.”

Really Mr Goff?

So you missed this then?

Six New Zealand soldiers have been pulled out of Afghanistan to face court marital for alleged drug use at their base, the Defence Force says.

Describing them as “junior personnel” they were part of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province.

The statement said they allegedly used a Class B drug at the base.

The army says the drug involved was hashish.

In the civilian world a conviction of possession of a Class B drug can attract a sentence of up to six months imprisonment.

The six will be disciplined if they are found to have used drugs. Disciplinary action may result in a punishment being imposed pursuant to the Armed Forces Discipline Act, including a fine, a period in the Services Correction Facility or dismissal from the NZDF.

It certainly looks like Phil Goff’s memory is on the wane. I bet he can’t remember being briefed on this episode either.


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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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