Labour’s #manban backlash: Goff decides to show a pair

It seems all the internal needling about Labour women needing extra help to be as good as men has got to Phil Goff.

Labour MP Phil Goff is under fire for a “misogynistic” barb directed at Attorney-General Chris Finlayson.

During a parliamentary debate on new spying laws yesterday, the pair traded insults about election defeats.

Goff mocked Finlayson for being “beaten on three occasions, each time by a woman“.

“I’ve won 11 times and I’ve lost once, but the member in the chair [Finlayson] has lost three times,” he said.

“You would think that would be a humbling experience, but the arrogance of the minister shows no sign at all that he’s learnt from being beaten on three occasion, each time by a woman member of Parliament.”

Finlayson ran against Annette King in the Rongotai electorate in 2008 and 2011. In 2005, he lost to former Labour MP Winnie Laban in Mana.

Of course, the hand backlash started almost immediately

The insult created a social media stir, with tweeters branding Goff misogynistic.

Megan Hands asked: “Why does @phil_goff have such 1950s views?”

Shaun Willis tweeted: “Neanderthal man is very much alive within the Labour party.”

Kate Sutton tweeted that the Mt Roskill MP’s remarks were “bad form”.

“Its that kind of sexism the Labour Party doenst [sic] need,” she said.

Finlayson joined the online fray, writing: “Imagine!”

Justice Minister Judith Collins tweeted: “Says a lot about why his colleagues wanted the manban. #sexist&stupid.”

But like any decent bloke, he wouldn’t back down

Goff said the storm was “utter crap” and he was only being accurate.

“It was just a statement of fact. I could have said ‘beaten by a Labour MP on three occasions’. I didn’t really think about it,” he said.

“Nobody in the House took offence at it, least of all my female colleagues. So this is a beat-up … I think it’s drawing a long bow.

“I’ve been a member of Parliament for 30 years and I’ve never been accused of being a misogynist.”

That’s because in those 30 years, the Labour Women haven’t been trying to get rid of men, haven’t they Phil?


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  • Blue Tim

    30 years too long. Why do these people stay so long?

    • Someone keeps putting money in their bank account if they keep turning up.

      • Harroputza

        Kinda like WINZ.

    • Whanga_Cynic

      Cos they can’t do anything else. Never had a job, never want one, that’s why.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      No-one else is stupid enough to pay people like them six-figures.

  • Kiwikea

    Ironic that he also got beaten by a woman, in the biggest battle of all – leader of the party. By the time he was leader it was lame duck time.

  • I guess Roskill will now be added to the list of potential women-only electorate selections.

  • Josh Metcalfe

    It definitely is sexist. Gender shouldn’t be a factor at all in who gets elected to parliament. Goff may be spouting out that he isn’t sexist but his slip of tongue clearly shows otherwise.

  • steve and monique

    Goff is just a weasel of a man. Gives me the shits every time hear his voice.

  • jabba

    I wonder what Sue Moroney thought about what he said .. she is a 3x time loser

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Well, having a cat’s arse for a face, she was never going to win any electorate. Oh, and being Labour doesn’t help.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    He will be there for another 30 years. Don’t you worry folks. Keep going. Keep snapping snappers….

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Benson-Pope relished being beaten by women.