Why does Phil Goff lie?

Phil Goff has been caught telling lies so many times you now know that when he opens his mouth what ever he says will be a mis-truth.

Yesterday was no different as his shameless politicking over the MV Rena and silly photo opportunities and disaster tourism became the news.

When asked about why he went down tot he beach in contravention of official advice his reply was that he was asked to by people on the beach.

Goff lies to Newstalkzb by whaleoil

This was in stark contrast to an eyewitness account of what actually went on. Plus there is the photo of Goff in his shiny suit and equally shiny shoes. Not the attire of someone going to assist as he says.

I really do wonder why politicians in general and Phil Goff in particular always seem to default to a lie when the truth would do?

When Phil Goff was confronted with his lies over the SIS briefing he said he didn’t have but actually did have he chose to dig the hole even deeper. What he should have done then is simply say he forgot and it would have killed the story. He didn’t and history now shows that he was briefed, that he used a tragedy to politicise the event and it backfired.

Likewise with the Rena photo opportunity. He should ahve simply said “Of course it was a photo shoot, that’s what politicians do”. The story would ahve died but now he is on record as saying that people asked him to help and so he did. We know that this wasn’t the case and so now the story becomes Goff’s lies.

Silly, silly man.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.