Two Phil Goffs in one article

A post by John Pagani popped up in RSS reader, I had a check and it referenced a Phil Goff mini-hagiography by Anthony Hubbard in the Sunday Star-Times.

Pagani as his want these days is shilling the bit that suits him, but if you go to the source article and have a read and out Goff’s comments in context you see a different story.

John Pagani comments that Phil Goff is battling for the folks on struggle street especially in regards to education because Phil Goff said this:

“Where do families in this neighbourhood send their kids to? To St Kent’s, to King’s College. They don’t send them to the local school, and there’s a reason they don’t do that, because the peer group worry about the quality of their kids’ education.

“I still actually believe that if we don’t like the education, if we don’t like what’s happening in Struggle St down there, we should be doing something to change it – not simply accepting it and saying we’re happy to have two New Zealands. I don’t believe in two New Zealands.”

What John Pagani left out was the community that Phil Goff is talking about is not Mt Roskill, it is Clevedon. John Pagani conveniently left off (why did he do that?) the preceding sentence, the one that gives context:

Things are different now. Goff’s own little rural community is conservative, although he says “they are fine, decent people”.

And why did Phil Goff move to Clevedon?

He and Mary in turn brought their three kids here to the Clevedon farm in 1990, when he lost his seat in the rout of the Labour government. He had found out that a teacher had been telling his eight-year-old son Kieran “every morning about what I was doing wrong as minister of education. I didn’t know about it at the time… or I would have gone ballistic”. But he didn’t want to expose his kids to that, and Clevedon was an attempt to give them some privacy.

So Phil Goff is moaning about Struggle Street, but he is actually talking about Clevedon where he ran to after getting tossed out of office in 1990 and after his kids copped some flack from teachers in Mt Roskill. He ran to Clevedon to protect his kids from the education system in Mt Roskill. Now he is moaning that kids from Clevedon are being sent to St Kent’s or Kings.

I’ll bet you dollars to a knob of goat dung that Phil Goff’s kids weren’t educated at Mt Roskil Grammar like my parents were. I wonder if Phil will tell us where he sent his kids to school?

It is amazing how two Phil Goff’s can exist in one small article. It is amazing the lengths the left through Anthony Hubbard and John Pagani will go to massage the truth about Phil Goff.


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  • thor42

    Goof the **hypocrite** – EXPOSED.
    Good stuff, WO.

  • peterwn

    Tale of two schools here. One is decile 2, roll of 1000 (max 1400 – 1500 in the past), shaky ERO report and no zoning and is on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. Other is decile 6, roll of 1700, reasonable ERO report and ZONED. Clevedon kids are on the wrong side of the tracks and have to go to the former. Those on the right (west) side of the tracks can go to either.

  • reid

    Yes one hopes the MSM follows up the “where did Phil send his kids” angle but I’m not expecting anyone to.

    They’ll just parrot the headline. Perhaps Walrus will do a special on it, for Monday night’s “compelling” viewing.

    Fuck it’s tragic, isn’t it. It’s worse than a circus, cause at least in a circus, you have trained animals.

  • Rainer

    As I read that, there seems to be an implication Phil moved to Clevedon as a result of losing his seat. According to the recent Herald profile piece, he arranged the move before the 1990 election.

    • Oh so he was abandoning his electorate and doesn’t even live there. It is a personal bug bear I have with MPs. They profess to represent their constituents but often aren’t prepared to live among them.

      Ross Robertson, Manukau East but lives in Clevedon. David Cunliffe, New Lynn but lives in St Mary’s Bay. John Key, Helensville but lives in Parnell. Allan Peachey, Tamaki, but lives in North Shore….there are many many more.

  • reid

    They pro­fess to rep­re­sent their con­stituents but often aren’t pre­pared to live among them.

    But what if their constituents smell Cam? I imagine a lot of Liarbore’s constituencies are in that position. What then? Do they still have to live amongst them, even then?

  • sandynobb

    Phil is also no Dr Doolittle: Jafa the elderly Jack Russell – “just another f—ing animal”. I guess Trevor would be Dab-Dab.

  • kevin

    Another labour ‘smoke ‘n mirrors’ tale….

  • John Pagani

    “I won­der if Phil will tell us where he sent his kids to school?”

    From the article you link to:

    “My kids have always gone to the local state school. They went to Papakura High, decile one, because that’s what I believe in.”

    So that would be one knob of goat dung, then.

    • Yeah and Phil said he wasn’t briefed and he was.

      Secondly he lived in Clevedon whilst representing Mt Roskill, still does. He says in the article that he removed his kids from Mt Roskill schools because the teacher was giving them gyp. Didn’t want to live local, didn’t want to send his kids to school local….but hey thanks for drawing attention to it.