Phil Goff. Please get your shit together. This latest fiasco of running up a guy who owns several properties as a case of a Kiwi hurt by the recession is just inexcusable.
I don’t doubt the dude’s having cashflow problems. But using him as your poster boy was only ever going to backfire. There are literally thousands of other cases out there of families in genuine financial strife who would illustrate your point perfectly. The unions are dealing with these cases on a daily basis. Talk to them. Get some stories. Do your background checks. Then run it hard.
Don’t get all excited about the fact you’ve got a guy who lives in John Key’s electorate and go running to the Herald before you’ve got your ducks in a row.
There are people out there relying on you to raise their issues and put pressure on this do-nothing government to help them. I know the media have never applied the same scrutiny to John Key, and nor are they likely to for a while. But that’s beside the point. Recognise the ground you’re playing on, adjust your tactics accordingly and start giving this government the right kicking it deserves.