Troughers beget troughers that protect troughers

Andrew Little is just fine with Phil Goff running for mayor while he’s being paid to be an MP.

Labour leader Andrew Little says he has no problem with Phil Goff remaining an MP while he is campaigning to become Auckland’s next mayor.

Mr Little said Mr Goff would not use any Parliamentary funding for his campaign and said he would have to give up the Auckland Issues portfolio.

Mr Goff confirmed yesterday that he would run for the Auckland Mayoralty and said he would only resign from Parliament if he won the mayoral election next year. He would take leave from Parliament during the formal campaign period.

Mr Little told Radio New Zealand this morning that he did not know of any mayoral candidate in any area who was required to quit their job a year before the election. He had “full confidence” Mr Goff would be able to balance his responsibilities as the MP for Mt Roskill with his mayoral campaign.

As part of a caucus reshuffle, Mr Goff would lose the Auckland portfolio to avoid confusion about what role he was fulfilling when he attended Auckland-related events.

Mr Little said the MP would cover any of the costs of his mayoral bid, and this would not come out of his Parliamentary expenses. That included travel and mobile phone costs.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel resigned as a Labour MP ahead of her mayoral campaign in 2013.

Mr Little said it was up to MPs to decide when they stood down.

Only in troughing jobs is it acceptable to keep troughing from the current trough while you are working “80-100 hours a week” and aiming to get yourself another trough.

Even Key is relaxed about it.

To me, it shows a lack of confidence and conviction.  If Phil wants or needs a safety net of coming back as the MP for Mt Roskil, he can’t be too confident he’s the right man for the job.


– Isaac Davison, NZ Herald

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