Disaster Tourist, Ctd

Phil Goff continues to be the disaster tourist. Yesterday he went to Tauranga to pretend he was picking up oil.

He has already been there before, remember this photo:

Yesterday however was different, he was suited up in protective gear, making that shot above look so contrived, in his suit and shiny shoes and with a brand new shovel:

A reader writes:

Hi Whale,

Phil Goff came to our beach yesterday for a blatant photo opp for the second time. Sure he suited up and got on camera crawling around on his hands and knees working with the volunteers, but he was only there for an hour and a half. As  a volunteer myself we are told that if you can’t do four hours work in a shift, don’t come.

“2. You must be willing to work a minimum of a 4-hour shift.” – email to volunteers each day from BOP Regional Council

Ok sure it was longer than the first 5 minute photo opp but in my view if he was genuine he should have stayed for 4 hours. As a local election candidate I was keen to get my photo taken too – but I made sure I did my full shift!!

Labour’s electorate office secretary confirmed that he was there for 1 hour and a half in the comments section of this article.

If you watch the excruciating video on the SunLive site as well you see Phil Goff praise up the immediacy of the plans and organisation that went into action but a few cuts later on he is slamming the slow response…what is it Phil? Quick, efficient response or slow?

If politicians are going to look like the care, they should actually care. Picking up one gob of oil and holding it up doesn’t cut it and neither does doing the bare minimum. Phil Goff is a shameless disaster tourist.


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