Unprecedented?

Phil Goff expressed faux outrage last night about the John Key’s decision to leave a silly circular media conference with media more interested in hearing their own voice.

Goff said today that Key’s move was “unprecedented in my time in politics”.

“I can’t remember a Prime Minister going back to Muldoon that was so brittle that they couldn’t take the heat of answering valid questions from the news media. That’s his job.”

Well again – Goff’s claim that it has never happened before is a lie.

He should know better…Helen Clark walked from press conference in a fit of rage:

The consensus among the Australians yesterday was that Helen Clark was still smarting about the ABC interview by David Hardaker, also during the campaign, which she terminated by walking out.

Look I could forgive him forgetting one walk-out by Helen Clark but is it plausible he forgot two:

Prime Minister John Howard’s final news conference during his trip to Wellington has ended abruptly with his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark walking out.

Sections of the New Zealand press corp zeroed in on the gulf between John Howard and Helen Clark over Iraq, asking whether Ms Clark thought things were better or worse in Iraq as a result of the 2003 invasion.

“Well, I don’t really want to go down that track today,” she said.

When questioning persisted, Ms Clark called an abrupt halt to the press conference.

“I’m sorry, you endeavour to heckle from the back row of every news conference I give and you are not going to do it to this one,” she said.

Know two things: When Phil Goff or one of his spokes-people says something is “unprecedented”, it mostly probably isn’t “unprecedented” at all, and when Phil Goff opens his mouth you are about to hear a lie.


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