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Whaleoil’s commenting treasure George is a keen observer and hits another one out of the park

There is something reeking within Labour politics. Phil Goff has all but declared his intention to stand for mayor at the October 2016 Auckland Council elections. On hearing this exciting news, Former Labour MP Moana Mackey said “Phil was absolutely not like Key. His values are Labour values and his work ethic is second to none.” She is right when claiming Goff was absolutely not like Key. The rest of her statement outrageously exceeds the bounds of reason and fact. He has no ethics. We are well aware of his past “ethical” maneuvers which brings me to this point.

The consequence of the electorate, and then his party, not wanting a bar of him ensured Goff’s life as the leader of the NZ Labour Party come to an abrupt end during December 2011. For the following three years as, he reflected on these multiple rejections, he disappearing from view and was blessedly silent. But he could not tolerate a bit part in the Pantomime of Labour believing it was all a terrible mistake so he has decided to search for a little love from Aucklanders. He can wish.

What is totally unethical is his sudden elevation within the Labour Party to spokesman on everything. This blatant electioneering designed to enhance his profile whilst an MP is a total abuse of his position. New Zealand tax payers should be appalled that Goff and Labour are using a tax payer funded platform to promote their man for Auckland Mayor. Might I suggest Phil that you take a leaf out of Lianne Dalziel’s book and resigned your seat to avoid a conflict of interest. But that would require an ethical decision which true to form, is not part of your character is it Phil?

Phil is at heart a politician.  And that means he’s flexible.  If you don’t like his position, he has others.




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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.