Armstrong on Goff's politicking over Christchurch

John Armstrong gets up Phil Goff for his shameless politicking over Christchurch. Labour were always going to politicize the earthquake, they were building up to it as a campaign platform until the second quake hit. Now they are ramping it up again. John Armstrong calls out Phil Goff.

If Phil Goff wants to play politics with the Christchurch earthquakes, that is his prerogative. A year on from the first shake with the timetable for rebuilding the city still seemingly in limbo, it would be surprising if the Labour leader did not start asking some hard questions.

But – and it is a big “but” – it was a bit rich for Goff to criticise the Government yesterday for not making fast enough progress towards restoring some degree of normality to the lives of the citizens of Christchurch when Labour has yet to outline its stance on the crucial question of how much compensation should be paid to those people in the city’s red zone who have to move out of their houses.

That everyone is still none the wiser about Labour’s position did not stop Goff yesterday highlighting the case of a woman who had lost more than $100,000 in equity in her home because of the way the Government was calculating compensation.

Cuddling corpses and now politicizing the earthquake.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee originally indicated that such modifications would be included in offers of compensation. He admitted last Sunday that he had made a mistake.

Goff rounded on Brownlee yesterday, saying the minister had committed “the unforgivable sin” of raising expectations only to later dash them.

When asked whether a Labour government would make up the shortfall, however, Goff would not say. He said his party was working on a policy which would be “both fair and affordable”.

Gerry Brownlee screwed up, but at least he apologised for screwing up, something we are yet to hear from a Labour MP.

How much fairer will be interesting to see given the consensus that National’s offer is at the top end of such compensation payments in historic terms and, at the same time, Labour is eschewing any big-spending election policies.

2007 valuations would be much higher than valuations in 2010 that is for sure. Property prices have been adjusting downwards since 2008 due to the global financial crisis.

As to when Labour’s version would surface, there was likewise no clear answer from Goff beyond saying some time in the 10 weeks left until election day.

And Labour wonders why it is rating so poorly in opinion polls.

Out of touch, unrepentant, and off target is why Labour are polling so poorly.


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  • diabolos

    National and Key politicised it along with Pike River from the start. They unashamedly have used it to hide their own ineptness and lack of a plan.

    Dont blame Phil Goff guys – look closer to home and take a look at National and ACT.

    Tell King Gerry the First to get off his well padded derriere and move things along.

    After all the head of CERA gave up his million dollar salary and took a paltry 500K per annum to lead the charge.

    I thought you righties were all about accountability. How about looking at Key, and King Gerry and CERA (council for existential rightwing assymetric battles) or similar.

  • diabolos

    What about Owen Glenns shameless politicking over the indebtedness of NZ and the economic suffering of its voting populace?

    At least he isnt saying “here is a $100 mill you scummy fucking peasants – if you vote for me otherwise fuck you…”

    Owen only changed his mind – because he realised he had made a great big mistake. And he did – and its too late to withdraw the intent of what he did.

  • Agent BallSack

    Repugnant, Rapacious Rats Arses too, to politick on something affecting so many. Of course its always easy to write out blank cheques with your mouth, when you have no intention of cashing them in at the end of the day. One of the many reasons CGT fell flat, was the publishing of how much the scheme would cost to run and the general realization that it was going to cost more to run than was ever going to be worthwhile…..And as 2 of my new neighbours (separate families) have recently moved to Wellington from Christchurch, one wonders how many Cantabrians will actually stay, especially after the reports about the liquefaction risks in ChCh.

    • I think that you are dead right about the movement out of Christchurch AB. We are certainly noting an influx in our suburb in Auckland as you are in Wellington. Reality is now setting in as people gain the ability to assess where they stand with their Christchurch homes. The ‘new settlers’ seem to be young professionals with families who just cannot contemplate the financial uncertainties of staying on in Christchurch. One hopes that decisions re the Christchurch rebuild are not made prematurely. It may well be that the future of Christchuch is as a downsized city of 100,000 people serving as an agricultural service centre along with education & tourism. The port’s future is reliant entirely on West Coast coal exports.