Goff had Key in all sorts of trouble on the Christchurch recovery, on Key’s economic record, on asset sales, on the GST lie. Goff was passionate on equality and got across both Labour’s vision and how that will be made real.
Goff had some great retorts:
Key was trying to back out of his promise that redzoners wouldn’t be left out of pocket. Goff responded: “If you’re not going to do something, for heaven’s sake don’t promise it” and got loud applause. Twitter consensus is Goff is winning big from the get go.
Then, when Key said that giving cafe workers $15 an hour, while acknowledging that $13 an hour isn’t enough to live on: ‘that’s the worse argument I’ve ever heard against raising the minimum wage. You’re saying, John, that it’s OK to pay someone what you’ve just admitted is not a living wage so that you can save a few cents on your muffin’
Key was condescending to the audience and looked bored a lot. It was notable that his only strong point was when he got off his own record and his own promises and on to making up numbers about Labour’s policies. Now, we all know what Labour’s policies cost and how they’re funded – it’s in their tax package. But Key made a number – a different number from the one he had on Monday and Goff didn’t have a strong rebuttal. He’ll need one before the next TV debate.