Fenton and Wall: Goff might be happy

It has occurred to me that Phil Goff may actually be happy about the abusive, ignorant and hostile comments made by Darien Fenton and Louisa Wall towards NZ icon Sir Peter Leitch.

Goff knows that the election is over. That there is SFA he can do to turn things around. That his leadership has failed to inspire.

But he obviously doesn’t want to blame defeat on himself. Whatever we might all think about Goff as Labour leader, we would all agree that he’s not the only reason for Labour’s bad polling.

And so, the blame game will be developed in the Goffice, for what will be the concession speech from hell. He will need excuses, and he has plenty of those now.

Perhaps it will sound something like this:

“Frankly, we didn’t deserve to win this election when senior members of the caucus were more interested in hate than love, more interested in blame than responsibility, than making enemies instead of making friends.

Our campaign manager plumbed new depths of narcissm online.
Our communications expert offended people with her comments.
A senior Maori caucus member developed an unhealthy porn addiction.
Another caucus member was more interested in taxpayer travel than working class rights.
A union member abused a businessman hero and kept it up until even our closest allies told her to shut up.

To the man or woman who takes over from me tonight, I sincerely wish you the best of luck, and I hope for Labour’s sake, you cut out the cancer from the party that I could not treat with inclusiveness and gentle prodding. Good luck Mr Shearer.

Yes, Goff has been a bad leader. Labour should have rolled him some time ago. But how do Labour roll an entire half of a caucus?


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  • kevin

    and they also have Louisa Wall attacking Sir Peter as well. They are strange animals in that party.

  • Anonymous

    Half this Labour Caucus is unelectable. Time to give your party vote to someone else.

  • Sooty

    Where would they be without the List members? Possibley further ahead than they are now !!!

  • Agent BallSack

    When the election rolls around…and the dust settles. Labour will be staring at new ground..From here on the bright and smart will shine and the old wood will fall…kinda like evolution, meh? National should not ignore the new breed at their peril….or some shit. Perhaps Labour is incapable of evolution. Kill the dodos!

  • Paul

    How far down in the polls would Labour have to go to be rid of Fenton? We should publicize that figure as a target.