If Phil Goff is independent, I’m a female Green Party MP

phil goff like len brown zipper up


Ex Herald editor Tim Murphy lays on thick layers of BS

The front runner for Auckland’s top job has been a Labour politician for three decades, but now he’s embracing independence. And the ticker is good for another 20 years of toil, he tells Tim Murphy

Phil Goff is shedding his tribal Labour Party skin. He is starting to like his new look and feel as an independent candidate for mayor of Auckland.

He’s feeling strangely liberated. Odd things are happening.

Lately Goff has found himself addressing a branch meeting of, wait for it, the New Zealand National Party in the Botany electorate. To a turnout of 150 people, which the local National MP, Jami Lee-Ross, career-limitingly tells him is “much more than Judith Collins” got.

He’s been hosted to a “clinic” in Wellsford by NZ First MP Tracy Martin.

He says people tell him, often, “We do not vote for your party but we are going to vote for you as mayor.”

Try not to throw up.  There’s more.

“It’s cross-sectional,” the 30-year MP says, sitting in his very Labour Party Mt Roskill electorate office looking out towards the last of the Three Kings hills and over to Maungawhau Mt Eden.

“I’ve always been able to get cross party support. The main reason for running as an independent is that you’ve got to deal with governments of any political shade. It is a much more individual-focused vote, then.”

The main reason for running as an independent is that you’ve got to deal with governments of any political shade…
…so Phil, because Tim Murphy missed the obvious question, how many Nats are on your campaign team?

Or Act members?

If Goff is truly independent then why does his entire campaign team consist of Labour back room operators and Len Brown staffers?


– Tim Murphy

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