When did Phil Goff deliver his stern message?

John Armstrong talks about how Labour has managed to turn advantage into disadvantage.

What were they thinking? Why did four of Labour’s most politically astute MPs – Phil Goff, Annette King, Clayton Cosgrove and Kris Faafoi – not foresee how awful it would look for senior party figures to be seen hobnobbing with SkyCity executives in the company’s corporate box at Eden Park last Saturday night?

Those MPs have since tried to rationalise their acceptance of SkyCity’s hospitality by saying they had used the invitation to remind their hosts of Labour’s trenchant opposition to last month’s deal between the gaming company and John Key’s Government. 

Oh yeah…so Phil Goff says…so Phil, when did you give them the stern message about their sleazy deal?

Was it outside The Depot as you met your SkyCity hosts for the evening? Was it over pre-dinner drinks before ordering? Was it after the entree? Or did you wait till after the main course? Perhaps over dessert? Or coffee?

Oh I know…you told them in the cab on the way to the game? Perhaps in the stairs up to the corporate box? no couldn’t have been…you were there to till the end. Maybe it was just before kick off, in that little lull after the national anthems but before the haka? Not then? Was it at half time? Or waiting for a goal to be kicked? Or did you wait until full time, all the piss and food were gone and you were just leaving…was it then you flipped them the bird and told them they were sleazy bastards doing dodgy deals?

Or did you just lie about it all?

We know, Phil, the real story was written all over your face and the the face of the others. Lying troughers caught pants down by Farrar coming out of the lift on his way tot eh Air New Zealand box.

Stupid Clayton Cosgrove didn’t even bother to tell the others they’d been rumbled did he?


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  • Ronnie Chow

    Pity there’s no photo’s . This gift will keep on giving , right up to the election .

  • peterwn

    Reminds me of how a guy’s explanation of how he came into some money fell apart. When asked, he could not remember the names of the two horses who won the double. Jury not impressed.

  • Even McCarten is putting the boot into them.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Imagine McCarten and Shearer having a verbal discussion. It would take all day for them each to make a point.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        I hope you have read Vomit’s column in NZ Herald! Vomit is giving a “holier than thou” message while he still owes money to IRD…..

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          I rarely read the Herald. I’m an expat. Thanks for telling me about it though! I will look for it. Sounds like parish pump politics as usual from the sanctimonious group solipsists brigade over there. :-)

  • Time For Accountability

    Goofy has and always been a hypocrite as has Silent T. Although he does not appear to have featured in this incident.

    The left have been hypocrites ever since Norman Kirk departed on the final train.

    In the defence of Annette – she just does not know what is right and wrong so she should be spared the hyprocrisy tag. You honour – I was drunk therefor not guilty.

    Compare their asset base to their voters.

    BTW does anyone know if silent T is still a member?
    Very quiet hese days.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    You forgot the toilet!! May be that is where my uncle Goff “delivered” the stern message to the SKY CITY bosses…..

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Or maybe in the brothel next door after the game…

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    So even if they did tell Sky City off like they say ( bullshit ) it goes to show how rude they are. They are given the best seats in the house and then slag their hosts off. Thats gratitude for you. Whatever way you look at it, they made dickheads of themselves.

  • cows4me

    Sky City must have a sense of civic duty for the less fortunate in society.Why you would want to shout these losers free piss and lodgings is beyond me, perhaps they felt sorry for the soon to be unemployed.

  • hardsell

    This sort of hypocrisy warms me to the cockles of my heart, this is even better than when they walked the red carpet at The Hobbit premiere.
    To ‘everyday, ordinary NZers’ this is more damaging to NZLP than a GCSB cockup could ever be to the Nats, and is only getting compounded by the bullshit that it was an opportunity to deliver their message about the convention centre.
    Keep digging yourself a hole, mo-fos, keep digging

  • GazzW

    Where did King, Cosgrove and Faafoi stay after the game? Had to be Sky City or even Sky City Grand. Did Sky City just comp their rooms or their total expenses ie room service, minibar and who know even movies given labour’s penchant for a good in-house movie. We know that the long-suffering taxpayer paid for their airfares & taxis so all in all this little junket was worth around $2500-$3000 each conservatively. If I remember correctly Shearer had the PM on for decisions made behind closed doors at a single dinner hosted by Sky City.

    These MPs have destroyed any moral high ground claimed by labour over the convention centre.

    • They say they paid for themselves..but that just means we paid as taxpayers.

      • GazzW

        Would those hotel accounts show up in the quarterly (?) travel expenses audit that now have to be made public ie the same process that outed Chris Carter’s extravagances?

        • No, because full details are only listed in Minister’s expenses, not normal MPs. You can’t OIA them as well because MPs have made sure that parliamentary services expenses are excluded form the OIA

  • Patrick

    He whispered over his shoulder on his way out of Eden Park – Goff was extremely annoyed that the noise of the crowd drowned out his comments – apparently….

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Maybe the four of them got free tickets/invites from TradeMe Trev?
    I mean it’s a bit embarassing for Trev to keep scalping so they trough off each other

  • johnbronkhorst

    how truth your way out of trouble:

    There were 2 guys. One was having an affair but he didn’t want his wife to know.

    He asked his mate,…How do I stop my wife from knowing?
    His mate said just put a piece of chalk behind your ear when you go home and tell her the entire truth.
    So he did. After seeing his girl friend, he put a piece of chalk behind his ear, just before he went inside. He met his wife in the hall, she said, in an ominous tone…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!!!!
    So he blurted out….I’ve been seeing this bird from work and we have been shagging like bunnies!! She said….you lying bastard you’ve been down the pub again, playing darts with that fucking useless mate of yours!!!
    See the truth pays!!

  • pukakidon

    Oh come on you cant expect the high and mighty to sit with their common scummy constituents, They (Liarbour MPs) dont give a stuff about anyone else except for themselves. It has always been do as we say not as we do for these carpet-baggers. I feel sorry for the gullible suckers that vote for these fakes.

  • In Vino Veritas

    I’d suggest the question that needs to be asked of Goff is, which senior execs did he deliver his message to? Would the Board of Sky City have been there? The CEO? or are we talking marketing managers? If so, what is the point of having stern words with them? Ask Goff that question.