I’ve found the person who can beat Phil Goff

I think I’ve found the person to stand for the Auckland Mayoralty who can beat Phil Goff.

I know this has been bothering an awful lot of people so I put my thinking cap on and spent some time looking at potential candidates.

Then I hit upon the ideal candidate qualities.

They have to be able to beat Phil Goff, so ideally that should be someone who has beaten him before.

Of course that could mean John Key…after all he smashed him in the 2011 election with performances like this:

But there is a problem…John Key is busy being Prime Minister.

So who else is there who has proven he can beat Phil Goff?  

Well there is one other person who has managed to beat Phil Goff.

His name is Gilbert Myles.

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He beat Phil Goff in the 1990 election with a 644 vote majority.

He was elected to Parliament for the seat of Roskill in the 1990 elections as part of the New Zealand National Party, a previously safe-seat of the previously ruling Labour Party, largely on a platform of opposition to the of the “Rogernomics” economic reforms that had occurred during the 1980s in New Zealand. He openly identified with the pro-interventionist ‘Muldoonist’ faction of the National Party, once saying “I joined the National Party because of Sir Robert Muldoon”. His campaign slogan was “Let’s rescue Roskill”.

Myles, however, quickly fell out with the leadership of the National Party (that had simultaneously become the Government) due to the party’s own swing toward privatisation and the slashing of the Government’s expenditure on social policy enthusiastically implemented by Finance Minister Ruth Richardson (see Ruthanasia). His disgust with the continuation of these reforms by Prime Minister Jim Bolger led to his identification with the rebels within the National Party, like Michael Laws and Winston Peters, who together had major confrontations with the dominant neo-liberals within the party’s relatively gargantuan Caucus.

Of course Gilbert Myles was an utter fool, and was quietly told that due to National’s very large majority he could leave National with their blessing. The quiet approach was made and Gilbert Myles left National and promptly ceased to exist politically.

Nevertheless he was the first politician to actually beat Phil Goff…which doesn’t really say a great deal about Phil Goff other than he managed to get beaten by Gilbert Myles of all people.

Now Gilbert Myles isn’t really a serious contender, and after his 2011 run in with the law after “he was found guilty on a charge of obstructing the course of justice for faking a receipt book while under investigation for fraud”. He was found not guilty on the fraud charges. But he was sentenced to community detention and community work for the obstruction of justice charge.

It does show though that Phil Goff is actually easy to beat, I mean he lost to Gilbert Myles.

Perhaps National could approach him to see if he is up for beating Phil Goff again?


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