Phil Goff admits he’s double dipping, so agrees not to. For all of four weeks

Same old red wine, new bottle

Same old red wine, new bottle

Once a trougher always a trougher.

Phil Goff started his political career in 1981 and for all of the ensuing years bar three of them has lived in a publicly funded trough.

Now he is going to spend the next year campaigning to be Mayor of Auckland and you and I are going to pay for it all…except for the last 4 weeks.

Auckland mayoralty candidate Phil Goff is standing on a platform of eliminating wasteful spending and says he will take leave from Parliament without pay to campaign during the last month of the local body elections.

MPs continue to be paid during general election campaigns and if they are away from Parliament with the leave of party whips, but Mr Goff said that would not be right given he would be focussing on the campaign and would offload much of his Parliamentary work to colleagues. He would ask Parliamentary Service to halt his pay for that period of up to a month before the elections.

“If I’m not doing my Parliamentary business, then I’d feel more comfortable if it was leave without pay if they can do that.”

He joked he could put in a claim for lieu days, given the amount he had worked over his Parliamentary career. “But it’s about perception and it would be better if I could get leave without pay.”

Mr Goff has also invested in a separate cell phone to make phone calls related to the campaign and said he had driven himself round Auckland to media interviews rather than take taxis funded by taxpayer. “I’ve got to be pretty scrupulous about separating the two roles, which is a challenge.” He conceded he could pay for taxis out of his own pocket rather than drive “but you know me, I don’t have a Scots background but I should.”

I’m going to watch his expenses and compare them with previous quarters…closely.

Phil Goff claims he works hard as an MP, the other day on radio he said he worked 80 – 100 hours a week. That is a whole lot of time for almost zero achievements after 30 years in parliament. I bet most people couldn’t name a single thing he achieved as an MP or a minister…and now he wants us to believe he will build on an achievement list of zero and deliver for Auckland?

He even claims that he is forward thinking. Well, consider this…

When Phil Goff entered parliament in 1981 Rob Muldoon was Prime Minister, Mikhail Gorbachov  Leonid Brezhnev was in charge in the Soviet Union, the Cold War was still in full swing, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Margaret Thatcher in Number 10 Downing Street and PW Botha still ruled apartheid South Africa. Frank Sinatra was still in the charts and SMS messaging wasn’t even invented yet and took until 1992 to be first implemented. In 1981 as far as computing went it was the ZX81 from Sinclair, or the first IBM personal computer, while the kids were at least able to play Donkey Kong on a Nintendo console plugged into your TV….and this man is the future of Auckland?

Phil Goff is going to stay in the trough as long as he can, hell his whole campaign is about extending the trough to after parliament but he doesn’t have confidence in his ability to win because otherwise he would have resigned immediately and put his money where his mouth is. Instead he is on the bludge.

The real reason Phil Goff can’t resign and show some confidence is Andrew Little has probably begged him to stay on so they don’t have to fund a by-election with money they don’t have even though it is supposedly a safe Labour seat.

 

– NZ Herald


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