Braunias on Goff

Steve Braunias has written another diary. Phil Goff’s:


Hi there. My name’s Phil Goff. You may remember me as the leader of the New Zealand Labour Party.

Here I am on the shores of Lake Benmore. It’s the setting for the party’s TV campaign. There was talk about filming it on a busy street so I’d be surrounded by New Zealanders from all walks of life, but that’s not a good look.

Caucus also debated about my outfit. I argued in favour of camouflage gear. A sad loner dressed in camouflage gear, pacing to and fro on the shores of a lake, staring out across the water with God knows what on his mind – that’s a good look.

In the end, we went shopping at Farmers, the menswear store for farmers, who raise hoggets and the like, and so here I am on the shores of Lake Benmore talking to myself.

I like to be left alone with my thoughts. The party encourage it. “Stay as long as you like,” Cunliffe said.

But I’ve got an election to fight. Labour has formulated a series of policy initiatives to take New Zealand forward. National’s message is that John Key just wants to take care of his rich mates. Not that there’s anything wrong with being rich. I’m all in favour of it. But I do have a problem with mates. Who really needs them? All friends do is laugh and joke in an attempt to distract attention from the fact that life is essentially meaningless.


Here I am on the shores of Lake Benmore. The film crew left yesterday. “There’s no room for you in the helicopter,” they said. I thought that sounded fair enough, although I couldn’t help notice they were in a car….

Go read the rest, hilarious.

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