Youth Parliament and Phil Goff

July 11th, 2007 at 9:14 am by David Farrar

The Press has a good article on the Youth Parliament – sounds like it was a wee bit too scripted for some of the Youth MPs.

And I have had reports from a number of participants (keep e-mailing david@farrar.com) on stuff the media hasn’t noticed, such as the bullying of one participant by Phil Goff.

A Youth MP, Ed Brownlee, spoke in general debate and gave a speech about the war on terror and criticised Phil Goff’s decision to be photographed holding hands with Yasser Arafat. The rhetoric may even have suggested Goff and Arafat were fondling each other but hey it was Youth Parliament and general debate is about such robust speeches. I am told Darren Hughes was almost besides himself with laughter at the speech.

But afterwards at a function for MPs and Youth MPs Phill Goff came up to the Youth MP in question and spent ten minutes berating the Youth MP, telling him he was culturally insensitive etc.

It sounds like the Youth MP was rather effective, to get a personal dressing down from Mr Goff. It also sounds like Mr Goff is rather sensitive on the issue of that photo. May it be raised in many more general debates!

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23 Responses to “Youth Parliament and Phil Goff”

  1. Tane () says:

    I’m no fan of Goff, but that youth MP sounds like an idiot who deserved everything he got.

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  2. Inventory2 () says:

    Can’t agree with you Tane – Goff was probably filthy that the Labour tactic of “indoctrination through the education system” hadn’t worked, and this young fella was a free thinker who wasn’t afraid to express his opinion. Best of all, he was a BLOKE who wasn’t afraid to express his opinion – not something that the education system encourages!

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  3. Justin () says:

    Even the so-called “right” of the Labour Party fall back to that old PC chestnut, “culturally insensitive,” when it suits them. Pathetic.

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein () says:

    Come on now, chaps. You’ve missed the connection. Filk momentarily lost his marbles and thought he was dealing with Gerry.

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  5. Porcupine () says:

    Phil Goff on the right of the labour party. What bollocks. QED. And what about the military agreement with Vietnam?

    Send him and HC on a journey retracing Chez “motorbike diaries” and hope the SA bandits get them.

    No on second thoughts please make him leader before the next election, please, please,…

    What an unbelievable plonker Goff is.

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  6. Hoolian () says:

    Brownlee is a Young Nat from Auckland. He’s obnoxious, pretentious and a loud mouth. If I had been Goff (and I don’t like the man myself) I would have knocked the boy for six.

    Hooray, lets all wet ourselves, a Young Nat geting in a cheap shot…

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  7. Andy () says:

    Not a Goff fan, but have been to th Mid east and it is very common to see men holding hands, very socialy acceptable.

    Sorry but Brownlee JNR needs to get out of school and see the world.

    If he wants to be on the front bench he will have to do things he is not that comfortable with in the name of NZ.

    He may be young but lots on the Labour benches will be around to remember him.

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  8. Adolf Fiinkensein () says:

    Tut Tut Tut, Hoolian. We can’t have lefties openly advocating ‘knocking the boy for six.’ You are supposed to keep that talk to yourself and save the action for an election campaign when you see a young lady carrying a poster you’d rather not be photographed or televised. Ask Hodgkins, he’ll give you the drum on how it’s done.

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  9. baxter () says:

    Has the nominee of Liarbour’s token Moslem member spoken yet, perhaps after he does Phil could give a further display of his affection for the jihadist culture.

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  10. Hoolian () says:

    Adolf – I’m not a “leftie”. Just because I speak out against a right-winged person doesn’t make me a “leftie”.

    Nice work with the assumptions guys. Full marks for idiocy.

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  11. Missus Davis () says:

    Hoolian has a Harawira Anger Management Course diploma, so you’d better not argue with him. He knows how to sort out these cheeky young whippersnappers!

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  12. helmet () says:

    What? A Brownlee? obnoxious, pretentious and a loud mouth? Well I never.
    Personally, party politics aside, any kid who does crap like this “youth MP” trip needs serious help. It’s holidays FFS!
    They should all be permanently banned from ever getting into politics, they’re obviously deeply disturbed. Political aspirations at a young age is a bit worrying I think.

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  13. tim barclay () says:

    I think Goff is quite sensitive about that photograph. But I notice he still has not managed to get the skyhawks sold at great cost to NZ. And I predict Goff will not be able to get the US Government to consent to sell those skyhawks until he ceases to be defence Minister – not after the way he caused huge embarrasment to Dr Brash and the US over the nuclear problem in Parliament.

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  14. 3-coil () says:

    Goff suffers from the same affliction as Judith Tizard – likes to dish it out, put apparently can’t handle it when it’s served back.

    He’s a gutless prick hassling the poor young boy like that…but at least he didn’t jam a tennisball in the poor kid’s gob though.

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  15. Selma Bouvier () says:

    Goff should have thrown him down the stairs,…oops that was the other brownlee

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  16. flyingfish () says:

    What a slimy little toady you are Sleep. You are perfect for the labour party.

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  17. Zachary Castles () says:

    Mr Goff shouldnt rate himself so highly. Hes a minister nothing more. It seems thta helen has agian failed to teach to her cabinet the values of profesionalism.

    If Mr Goff was that intimidated by a youth (which we all know he was) than how can he be a credible minister.

    I am a fried of Ed, and know that Mr Brownlee’s question was purely policy-based. But no, Goff has to get personal like all typical socialists and personally insult a youth.

    Mr Goff represents the cheapness of the current government. He is incompetent and is easily intimidated.

    Mr Goff was a youth protester back in the day. Isn’t it funny how the very people rebelling against the minister sof the time then are repsonding now in the very way they were repsonded to thrty-fourty years ago.

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  18. Kelly () says:

    As Phil Goff’s youth MP I can safely say the post is quite misleading in its wording. He did not ‘berate’ Ed Brownlee as such and he (Phil) was lead over to Brownlee. I mentioned to Phil that Brownlee had said himself he wished Phil had been there (in the debate chamber) to hear him so it was quite an opportunity for Brownlee to finally have his wish granted. They chatted for about five minutes as Phil had to head off quickly. I hope this is not seen as just being defensive as it is the truth of the matter.

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