Goff on Speakers

November 21st, 2008 at 1:07 pm by David Farrar

NZPA report:

Mr Goff today repeated criticism of National leader John Key’s decision to nominate as , whom he believes is too partisan to be fair.

This is nonsense, especially coming from the party that appointed Jonathan Hunt and Margaret Wilson to the Speakership. Someone should challenge Goff to explain how Smith would be more partisan than Hunt or Wilson?

He also said National intended to appoint as .

He must read my blog, as that fact went unreported until I highlighted it from the video of the press conference :-)

Both Dr Smith and Mr Tisch missed out on Cabinet roles and Mr Goff said the appointments were to placate the long-serving MPs rather than choosing the right person for the job.

Now here Goff is on stronger ground than the nonsense about Lockwood being too partisan. It is a political reality that there not being room for them in Cabinet is a strong factor in why they are the nominees for Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

But this does not mean they will not prove to be sound choices. Doug Kidd was made Speaker in 1996, basically because they needed room in Cabinet for new Ministers. But Kidd went on to be an excellent Speaker.

And let us remember Labour made Deputy Speaker, and she was a disaster.

He said the roles were being treated as “a dumping ground for those that can’t get into Cabinet” and thought MPs like Eric Roy and John Carter were better choices.

Eric and John would be very sound choices, and there are factors such as Cabinet inclusion at work. But those in glasshouses should not throw stones. Here is who Labour is putting up for :

Labour would have nominated for the role.

Asked why Mr Robertson was not considered, Mr Goff said while he was fond of the role he had other talents, had been appointed as spokesman in several areas and was a useful local MP.

Now could anyone claim Barker would be better than Robertson who is widely respected? Of course not. So Goff is guilty of exactly what he accuses National of.

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14 Responses to “Goff on Speakers”

  1. Turpin (342 comments) says:

    too partisan to be fair.
    God the man has balls or no shame.

    Margret Wilson wasn’t partisan?
    Duh!

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    Here is who Labour is putting up for Assistant Speaker:
    Labour would have nominated Rick Barker for the role. Asked why Mr Robertson was not considered, Mr Goff said while he was fond of the role he had other talents, had been appointed as spokesman in several areas…

    No. That’s who Labour would have put up for Deputy Speaker (I note though, that Rick Barker also has a couple of portfolios). No word (at least publicly) on might might be an Assistant Speaker.

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  3. wreck1080 (3,956 comments) says:

    Trotter is a nobody with a pen. His opinions mean shite after the drivel he has written of recent times.

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  4. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Phil who?

    Seriously who is this guy with delusions to relevence?

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  5. Hagues (703 comments) says:

    DPF “So Goff is guilty of exactly what he accuses National of.”

    What? A hypocritical leftie, surely you jest?

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  6. Murray M (455 comments) says:

    Seems Labour don’t like it now the boots on the other foot. First came Goffie’s flip flop on the EFA, now this bullshit about partisan speakers. IF YOU DON”T LIKE IT GOFF, FUCK OFF. National won, Labour lost, suck it up and shut up, your lot aren’t in charge now.

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  7. reid (16,632 comments) says:

    Yeah well it’s a standard propaganda tactic directly taken from the commie playbook that we saw used in action hundreds of time during Liarbore’s reign. Accuse your enemy of those negative traits you yourself possess and do it loudly and often.

    Hulun’s negative campaign was centred around this tactic. Expect more of it. Only idiots are fooled by it but there are thousands of those.

    It’s a most unethical tactic but lefties love it because it appeals to their base so they use it a lot.

    Some people seem to think Goff will be a good leader. I don’t and never have, since he has no integrity. Watch him prove that as time goes by.

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  8. Ross Miller (1,706 comments) says:

    Margaret Wison fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Winston Peters innocent!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Helen Clark a victim of her own success!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shane Jones humble!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Parakura Horomia articulate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ruth Dyson new blood!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Annette King champion of the EFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Phil Goff yesterday’s man headline hunting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Murray M (455 comments) says:

    You know I was missing having Helen & Micky around to slag off, life was getting boring. Looks like Goff is going to keep me entertained as much as they every did. I also look forward to more common sense statements from the rotund ex-dental nurse, the worst minister of health this country has ever seen.

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  10. longbow (118 comments) says:

    i used to like Phil Goff and thought he would be a better leader than Helen.

    now i’m feeling disappointed about him day by day. he is no different. maybe he just didn’t get to make all these shameless comments before (there is always Helen, Michael or that i-forgot-name boy grabbing attentions).

    i don’t think Labour will get a better chance next election with Goff and King, if they continue this type of thinking and behaviour.

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  11. baxter (893 comments) says:

    GOFF would also have the memory of Gerald WALL to to use as a standard against which he could measure the impartiality of Lockwood.

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  12. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Rick Barker as assistant speaker? It’s like putting a runny poo in charge of neurosurgery.

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  13. Bob (497 comments) says:

    Why can’t parliament have an outsider as speaker say a lawyer or ex-judge with a good reputation? That way there would be complete fairness.

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  14. james88 (19 comments) says:

    can anyone imagine barker trying to understand anything the Clerk says

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