Goff calls for a younger man

September 16th, 2011 at 3:39 pm by David Farrar

Very funny. Radio Waatea reports:

Meanwhile, Labour Party leader says it’s time for a younger man to represent Tamaki Makaurau.

On the weekend Mr Goff launched ’ campaign to take the Auckland-based Maori electorate from Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples.

He says voters are ready for someone fresh.

Yes voters are. Radio Waatea goes on to report:

I think it’s’ time for a younger man and a younger generation to come forward and I think Shane Jones is that man,”

Shane would agree, and not just for Tamaki Makarau

says Mr Goff, who was first elected to parliament 30 years ago.

Can you recall what you were doing in 1981? I was in Form 3/Year 9 and was a member of the stamp collecting club. Phil Goff was a Member of Parliament.

And if you can recall 1981, how about 1969? I don’t recall 1969 as I was two years old. However that was the year Phil Goff joined the Labour Party.

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36 Responses to “Goff calls for a younger man”

  1. Courage Wolf (557 comments) says:

    Sadly this is a huge indictment on the political system. Rather than the ideal that being in Parliament longer gives you more experience (e.g. when dealing with foreign affairs or whatever)… The reality is that being in Parliament longer makes you a free fucking rider. While you’re at it David you might want to add another MP who is going down the Goff road – he is a National MP and was previously an Auckland City Councillor (fucking loser). What this basically says is that NZ MPs are fucking useless.

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  2. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    1981? The Specials’ “Ghost Town”…second single I ever bought. 1969? Wasn’t even born.

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  3. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    While we’re at it, get rid of that old bugger McCaw and get someone younger to be captain…

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  4. pdm (707 comments) says:

    1981 – was living in Picton with wife and four children. 1969 – my last season of Senior (Premier) Rugby in Napier/Hastings competition and Hawkes Bay lost the Shield to Canterbury.

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  5. tas (655 comments) says:

    I would be interested to know if MMP has increased or decreased the number of MPs who spend decades in parliament. What has the turnover rate of MPs been under MMP vs. FPP?

    On one hand you’d expect backroom politics to lead to lists that protect the old guard. On the other hand, it is easier to change someone’s list position than it is to dump them as an electorate candidate.

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  6. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    I think a range of ages and experience is best – inside and outside parliament.

    You need MPs who have experience in parliament as much as you need people with fresh ideas, and approach, and good life experience and empathy with people in the world politics.

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  7. NX (443 comments) says:

    Goff seems to ballsying up more than usual lately.
    Is he practicing for the campaign?

    Seriously though, why is Goff so determined to reinforce his negative stereotypes.

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  8. mikenmild (12,326 comments) says:

    pdm
    Hawke’s Bay didn’t have the shield that year. Waikaot did till they lost to nthe mighty Wellington. HB had a challenge in 82 though, but were beaten by a last-minute try to Bernie Fraser. Then Canterbury got it…

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  9. RightNow (7,014 comments) says:

    mikenmild – 1969 Hawkes Bay lost the shield to Canterbury 18-11

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  10. s.russell (1,649 comments) says:

    Good on Radio Waatea for adding that most relevant tidbit – and highlighting Goff’s hypocrisy. Other media should be better at doing this, but too often they just parrot what the polli says without analysis – other than interviewing themselves about whether this will make said politician more popular.

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  11. Monty (899 comments) says:

    Poor Goff – I think he just desperately wants out. Labour have given up on the 2011 election. His caucas can no long stand the sight of him – especially those who are going to be unemployed come the morning of 27 November.

    They are now putting up only a token fight to save the numbers – not grow them

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  12. Lee C (2,720 comments) says:

    I tried stamp-colecting but then I was informed phillatally gets you no-where . . .

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  13. mikenmild (12,326 comments) says:

    sorry pdm

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  14. emmess (1,398 comments) says:

    Something’s never change

    1981 – Watching Mickey Mouse’s pet Goofy making a fool of himself
    2011 – Watching Mickey Mouse party leader Goofy making a fool of himself

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  15. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @James Stephenson 4:01 pm

    1981? The Specials’ “Ghost Town”…second single I ever bought.

    Pity you didn’t take more notice of what the lyrics are about, James.

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  16. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    @dpf, you mean Chris Carter don’t you?

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  17. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    Why would that be toad?

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  18. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    What a fucking idiot. Is someone else actually operating his mouth?

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  19. Muzza M (294 comments) says:

    1981 first year at Otago University, the year of the Springbok tour, very exciting time, I was a supporter of the tour and hated by many at Carrington Hall. 1969 I was seven years old and being moved from Napier to Nelson when my Father had a job transfer.

    [DPF: Carrington is a good hostel!]

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  20. smttc (767 comments) says:

    1969 I was actually at McLean Park when Hawkes Bay lost the shield to Canterbury. It was the last shield challenge of the year too.

    1981 off on the big OE. But not before the end of the Springbok tour.

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  21. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    When has an MP been in Parliament TOO LONG?

    Just asking.

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  22. Steve (4,536 comments) says:

    1981 – Hunting Mintos
    1969 – Chasing Crumpet

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  23. Rodders (1,756 comments) says:

    “that was the year Phil Goff joined the Labour Party.”

    …and Roger Douglas became an MP.

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  24. MT_Tinman (3,315 comments) says:

    1981, an up and down year.

    Supported the great and good Springbok tour, met wife no.2 (the slag), voted National for the first time, went to three Springbok games and would have gone to four if Timaru hadn’t been cancelled.

    Overall only one real bummer.

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  25. Lee C (2,720 comments) says:

    Is Goff just filling in for Darren Hughes now?

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  26. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (743 comments) says:

    1981 – I was being born. It was a good year

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  27. Manolo (14,165 comments) says:

    What a pathetic, almost risible, figure Goff cuts. I look forward to his oblivion and demise from the political scene.

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  28. side show bob (3,410 comments) says:

    1981, was working for a construction company building a railway for the coal industry and military in Aussie and you say Goofy was entering parliament !!!!!!!!. Fuck is it any wonder he’s so screwed up, what a sad pitiful existence. The man really needs some life experience, is it any wonder these career politicians are so removed from the people they claim to serve, they have no real idea on what life is, it’s challenges and it’s rewards..

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  29. RF (1,487 comments) says:

    Christ I feel old but not as old as goof. Wheel chair material.

    Roll on retirement

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  30. Nookin (3,557 comments) says:

    69 – Welsh tour. Barry John came out as a deity and went home with his tail between his legs.

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  31. GPT1 (2,021 comments) says:

    I was 4 and amazed how awesome playschool was on the new colour TV.

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  32. scanner (340 comments) says:

    If Phill is looking for a younger man I am sure Darren would only be to happy to do the interview and selection for him, after all he has experience at this things.

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  33. dirtbag (22 comments) says:

    1981, in form one when the folks dragged me off to live in Queensland.
    Interesting to note the school system was two years ahead of ours for the same age! Fortunatly a bit of rat cunning and a sense of humour allowed me to catch up rather quickly and when I came home a year later it was easy street for the rest of my schooling. (all three years of it )

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  34. CharlieBrown (1,054 comments) says:

    They should put time limits on being parliament. 10 years in one go is plenty, after that you become so out of touch with the people you claim to represent that you become a pawn to the party. After too long in any job you start to form a group opinion with everyone you work closely with.

    Also, wouldn’t it be great if they barred people earning an income above X dollars from the government from being elected? That would bar 90% of the left wing mps from getting into parliament in the first place. And it is fair, as by being a public servant you aren’t exactly being neutral if you are running for parliament. Effectively these people are running for parliament to give their colleagues a pay increase and a bigger sense of importance.

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  35. KevinH (1,253 comments) says:

    Pita Sharples turned 70 this year, and is still fit and active and has perhaps another term in him yet.
    Shane Jones is 52, and is also getting on in age but is relatively young when compared to Pita. Shane has more to contribute but whether Tamaki Makarau will accept him remains to seen. Labour has not featured in Tamaki Makarau since John Tamihere lost the seat to Pita in 2005.
    In 1981, I with many others witnessed first hand the ructions that the Springbok tour created. The 3rd and last test at Eden Park was memorable because of the anti tour demonstrators running battles with riot Police in and around Eden Park and was an unforgetable experience.For the first time NZ experienced demonstrations that were violent on a large scale and the divisions within communities was profound.

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  36. gump (1,683 comments) says:

    In 1981, Roger Douglas was celebrating his 12th year on parliament (first elected in 1969).

    I’m sure that I’m not the only person here who supports term limits for our elected representatives.

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