Well, I’ve seen the video of Goff on Alt TV and I really can’t see what all the fuss is about. Phil Goff’s stated the obvious by saying there’s a chance Labour could lose the next election, he’s reaffirmed his support for Helen Clark and hinted that if the leadership were open after the election he’d consider it.
As No Right Turn observes, only in the warped worldview of the Wellington political elite would the idea of Goff making an honest appraisal of his party’s future and his own be a considered a sign of weakness, or a “gaffe.”
To them, it’s all about “the game”. And as a result, they not only ignore the substance of politics – you know, the policies the parties are offering and the public is choosing between – but also create a place where ethics are the complete inversion of the real world: where deceit is a virtue, having no policies is inconsequential, honesty is a weakness, and acknowledging reality is a sin.
The whole thing strikes me as a beat-up.
UPDATE: Over at TVNZ Guyon Espiner is outraged that Phil Goff isn’t “on-message” and demands he gets his lines in order. Because that’s, like, what our media is for isn’t it?