Goff being kept away from marginal seats

November 24th, 2011 at 3:27 pm by David Farrar

Andrea Vance blogs:

Goff hasn’t been seen in the city. Nor has he been in Palmerston North – the last provincial seat his party holds – in the past four weeks. You can’t help but wonder if the candidates are keen to keep him away – just as his mug is missing from the billboards.

After losing Napier, Otaki, Hamilton and the East and West Coast electorates, letting Palmerston North slip from the party’s grasp will be a serious psychological blow to the party.

Has Goff become the Marginal Labour candidates know the only way to hold their seats is to get National voters to vote for them. That’s why they are hiding Goff.

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11 Responses to “Goff being kept away from marginal seats”

  1. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    So that explains why Goff has not visited Hutt South, Titirangi, Te Atatu or Mana for a while? ha ha (marginal seats geddit?)

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  2. Manolo (14,024 comments) says:

    Goff is becoming NZ’s version of Obama after his (incredible) POTUS elevation. Every candidate he appeared with went down in flames, e.g., New Jersey, and Massachussets to name two.

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  3. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    I doubt Lees-Galloway will lose Palmerston North. Hapeta is too unknown to take it at this point IMO, and hasn’t made a strong local impression – all literature seems to be pointing to “John Key’s National party” which is fine for the party vote but not everyone votes 2-ticks (anyone have some stats on that?)

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  4. Pete George (23,677 comments) says:

    Goff has visited Dunedin but will hope both seats here are safe – but expected them both to close up at least.

    But I guess he won’t have been to Ohariu.

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  5. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    The tolerant open society proponents at The Standard demonstrate their true colours; classic union and Labour bigotry.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/only-chumps-tick-tory/

    Dave 11
    24 November 2011 at 1:55 pm
    Gee that was a negative post. I`m not voting Labour. I thought everyone was entitled to their view.

    [lprent: Perhaps you should read the about. These are authors opinions. They don’t need to match yours. However you should read the policy before you extend your disapproval too far into areas that force me to defend the site. ]

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    Blighty 11.1
    24 November 2011 at 4:01 pm
    You are entitled to your view. So is Zet entitled to the view that if you vote for liars you’re a chum.

    Stop whining for God’s sake. It’s pathetic.

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  6. freddos (54 comments) says:

    @PG I doubt he would have been invited to Ohariu given that Charles Chauvel’s ‘campaign’ boils down to Dunne is from the 80s and that’s super old (*cough* Goff).

    I hope Goff’s performance will have been enough to keep his faction in control in Labour so that the abrasive narcissist Chauvel gets dumped down the hierarchy.

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  7. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    Hey DPF great post above, I see you prevented comments. Can I respectfully add a little from my experiences? some of my mates were really really big boys, to make almost anyone look svelte. Me too at times, although I am pretty tall. What worked for me and my mates was a pretty simple regime. Basically you just fast 2 days a week for 24 hour periods, do 15 mins cardio each day, and lift free weights while taking creatine. Boom my boys were shedding like 2 kgs a week consistently until they were entirely different human beings. We eat what we want when we want, copious amounts of alcohol, and it doesn’t matter, the weight still goes if you fast a little. Its amazing you how well it works. So yeah that’s my two cents worth, and I hope that it all goes really well for you, and thankyou for the work you are doing this election.

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  8. Positan (393 comments) says:

    Further to UpandComer’s points – what’s wrong with muesli, my mid-afternoon break depends on it.

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  9. Joel Rowan (99 comments) says:

    “I doubt Lees-Galloway will lose Palmerston North. Hapeta is too unknown to take it at this point IMO, and hasn’t made a strong local impression – all literature seems to be pointing to “John Key’s National party” which is fine for the party vote but not everyone votes 2-ticks (anyone have some stats on that?)”

    You may be right. It’s pretty clear that National will take the Party vote, but Lees-Galloway hasn’t been anything like the MP Palmerston North is accustomed to (Maharey). You may not know that she already has a local profile to some extent, having run (and narrowly missed) election to the PNCC, and having been chair of Destination Manawatu. She’s not an unknown by any means. She has also run a much more visible campaign than her National predecessor – who missed out at last election by a surprisingly tight margin.

    There has been plenty of advertising for brand-Leonie, all the newspaper ads and billboards have Leonie & National. Only a very small handful have been the John Key-alone ones.

    I know the seat will be extraordinarily close (and I feel the news media has neglected it to some extent). Whichever way it goes, I think there will only be a few hundred votes in it.

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  10. niggly (831 comments) says:

    Talking about Palmerston North, check out
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/6026344/Protesters-in-quiet-vigil-over-state-house-plans

    “A small group of demonstrators have protested in Palmerston North against National’s plans for state housing.

    … Protest organiser Kevin Reilly said National planned to privatise Housing New Zealand if returned to Government.

    … Labour candidate Iain Lees-Galloway spoke at the protest, and three or four of his campaign volunteers were spotted among the protesters. ”

    Now I wasn’t aware of National supposedly wanting to privatise Housing NZ!!! FFS!!!
    (National Candidate Leonie Hapeta said “National had no plans to privatise Housing New Zealand – “it’s definitely not happening””).

    But it is interesting that Kevin Reilly from Manawatu Tenancy Union (whom regularly writes nasty letters to the Manawatu Standard denigrating John Key and National) is fronting a misleading, scaremongering political campaign against National and Housing NZ …. with Labour Party types lurking in the background ….

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  11. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    “I doubt Lees-Galloway will lose Palmerston North. Hapeta is too unknown to take it at this point IMO, and hasn’t made a strong local impression ”

    I disagree, shes got a good lot of people out waving signs which Ian thought was his preserve. his stunt of blockading her business went down like a cup of cold sick with voters as well. He might be ahead on his personal polling of his facebook friends list but with 60% of the voters not committed and his tiny margin last time Palmy could go either way.

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