Apart from when it’s customary, at maiden speeches, valedictories, and the Budget, it’s a rare speech that warrants a standing ovation in Parliament. Phil Goff got one yesterday for his speech on the urgent debate into the deployment of the SAS to Afghanistan.
The text is here but it’s the delivery that really makes it*. Competent, knowledgeable, sincere, forceful. Goff convinced not only with the quality and depth of his arguments but with his ability to bring gravitas and conviction to a serious issue. It really reminded me what it can be like to have someone other than a bumbling mumbler for PM.
*(maybe some enterprising soul in Labour could upload a copy of the video to Youtube and send us the link)