Goff’s hypocrisy on foreign land sales

September 28th, 2010 at 12:25 pm by David Farrar

What did say yesterday about National’s changes to policy on foreign ownership of land:

Labour leader Phil Goff said it was a half-hearted effort that did practically nothing.

“It will do nothing to discourage the increasing foreign ownership of New Zealand land.”

Now I wonder how much actual land has been sold under National. According to Maurice Williamson it is 31,000 hectares or 310 square kms. That is an average of around 20,000 hectares a year.

And how much land was sold under Labour to foreign owners?

Over nine years, you would expect it be 180,000 hectares, if at the same rate.  In fact it was a massive 650,000 hectares!!!

Now personally I think it is a good thing Labour allowed NZ land owners to sell their land to the highest bidder, rather than be forced to accept lower bids.

But the is just staggering.

In a profile on new UK Labour Leader Ed Milliband, The Independent said:

He is soft, cuddly and panders to every oppositional instinct in the party. There has been no position taken by the Labour Government of which he was a member that he was not prepared to trash if he thought Labour members would like it.

Is that not a perfect description of Phil Goff?

  • One of the architects of GST campaigning against it
  • One of the architects of our inflation focused monetary policy campaigning against it
  • One of the Ministers who reaped $3b in profits from state power companies at a time of massive surpluses, now campaigning for them to be lower despite the record deficits
  • One of the Ministers who refused time after time to reduce the blood alcohol limit, not campaigning for it to lower
  • One of the Ministers who sold 650,000 hectares of land to foreigners, campaigning against 30,000 hectares of sales.

Someone should compile a fuller list of these. Feel free to add others to the comments.

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18 Responses to “Goff’s hypocrisy on foreign land sales”

  1. James Stephenson (1,885 comments) says:

    Ah yes, but land sold to emigrating british farmers and rich americans = good. Land sold to Chinese investors = bad.

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  2. tvb (3,939 comments) says:

    Goff prefers to be labeled a hypocrite rather than take policy position that his supporters do not like. He is making a mad dash to get in on a very populist platform and then promptly repudiate it all if he gets into office.

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  3. Fletch (5,721 comments) says:

    These politicians just expect everyone to forget what they said and did in the past as though it never happened. Their sole objective now is to oppose what the current Govt is doing. The trouble is, a lot of people do have short-term memories.

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  4. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    Goff and Lenny B seem to find money to spend from under a tree in the back yard .. they can’t pay for ALL their promises. The MSM need to nail these pricks and make say where the money will come from .. last year, I think it was Goff, admitted that it would come from higer taxes on the rich pricks and Companies/business.
    Silent T was a shocker on Q&A with his pathetic explanation the GST replavement would come from the already increased tax on smokes

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  5. Pete George (21,806 comments) says:

    Goff’s was a half-hearted comment, as if he felt a need to criticise without knowing how he should criticise it. This is odd, with National opening the way for more ministerial meddling whimmed by pressure groups there is plenty of scope for strong valid criticism.

    Labour either have trouble picking the right targets, or they don’t think foreign ownership packages well for simplistic sniffling at the simple minded.

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  6. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    poor Andrew Little must be tearing his hair out .. he can’t take over from Goff until he is an MP (mind you, he maybe able to change the rules) so Silent T is slowly making inroads .. will be interesting to see when the move happens

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  7. GPT1 (2,042 comments) says:

    He’s just cosying up to NZFirst. Desperate times.

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  8. adamsmith1922 (879 comments) says:

    Goff of course never met a fact he wouldn’t ignore. His utterances become more and more nonsensical and hypocritical, I daily expect him to repudiate the China FTA.

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  9. Pete George (21,806 comments) says:

    I daily expect him to repudiate the China FTA.

    He should do that, to be consistent. The rich buy more stuff, much of which comes from China, so it benefits them more than poor people.

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  10. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    One wonders what it must be like to have a brain of a flea and a memory of a goldfish…………

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  11. DJP6-25 (1,229 comments) says:

    Imagine how badly off Labour would be if their friends in the MSM held them to the same standard as ACT, or National?

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  12. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    What is really sad is you will still get the stupid old ladies and dribbling, whining lefty’s on talk back radio claiming National is once again selling the silverware. Fuck there are thick people in this country.Phil of it and his fallow travelers should be hung out to dry by the MSM but you won’t hear of it. Liarbore should be in single digits come the next poll rankings but no we must suffer the mentally retarded in this country as anyone with more then half a brain has taken the big bird out of here.

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  13. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    After all Labour sold over 20,000 hectares to Shania Twain for a song.

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  14. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    That don’t impress me much.

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  15. Steve (4,321 comments) says:

    Sad backster, real sad. But any humour is good!

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  16. Steve (4,321 comments) says:

    ‘Getcha real good’ was the song? hahahaha

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  17. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    I’m almost getting bored with putting the boot into Gaff. He’s making it so easy it’s not even fun anymore.

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  18. wat dabney (3,455 comments) says:

    Phil Goff in the pub

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