The Tories are throwing all the muck they can at Goff. Trying to get him to back off on the Worth thing. Their latest is that Labour is spinning out this presentation of texts to Key to drag the issue out.
Thought I would take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and do a timeline. Clear it up for the easily confused:
Last Wednesday: Key mentions he had heard previous rumours about Worth “making a nuisance of himself towards women”. Goff confirms he took a private complaint to Key on behalf of a party member (don’t know where everyone’s getting ‘activist’ from, plenty of inactive Labour members, too many).
– Point 1: Key made it public.
Last Thursday: Key starts to insinuate the woman is lying. Insists she go public. No reason except he’s a dork. Key is brow-beaten by Wilson into having a meeting with the woman where she can give her side of the story and provide evidence.
Last Friday: Key again agrees to a meeting on RadSoc. Goff agrees to set it up. Goff sets it up. Key’s advisers manage to get the radio uplink working and call him off. Set a new standard – evidence must be shown to Eagleson, who will decide if a meeting with Key follows. Goff says that worst texts were deleted and telephone calls not recorded.
– Point 2: Goff and the women were keen to meet, provide evidence. Key shifted the goal posts.
Monday/Tuesday: Goff and women try to recover deleted texts from Vodafone.
– Point 3: Goff and the woman are still aiming for the meeting with Key but they fear Eagleson will veto it unless the material evidence speaks for itself. There is no delaying here from Goff and the woman, they were keen on the meeting on Friday and they want it now. It’s Key who’s running. (it’s also Key who has been found out lying about the other details of the phone call he had with Goff when this issue was first raised)
It’s not Goff and the woman dragging this out (if anyone is, it’s Key by not giving a straight answer on why he fired Worth). They just want the meeting done but they aren’t prepared for Key to back out on his word and then have his chief of staff fob them off. That amounts to calling the woman a liar. Goff offered to represent this woman’s interests. He is living up to his responsibilities.
I’m no Goff acolyte, far from it, but he has acted honourably here. Indeed, his candor and honesty have always been his trademarks. Bit of a contrast to that other dude.