Goff on Public Transport

November 14th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Mike Hosking asked when was the last time he used , not as a photo opportunity.

Whale has the audio of his response, which is:

I use public transport every day, it’s called the VIP service at the moment

That’s a new definition of public transport – a chauffeur driver limo.

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44 Responses to “Goff on Public Transport”

  1. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    Not bad considering he made such a song and dance about them costing way to much and he would be taking taxis instead.

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  2. J Mex (185 comments) says:

    I heard him say that… WTF!

    Imagine the headlines at The Standard if that utterance had been made by Key.

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  3. thedavincimode (6,606 comments) says:

    … foot … mouth … engage ..

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  4. ross (1,454 comments) says:

    J Mex,

    Apparently Key said worse during his little chat with John Banks. Must be why he doesn’t want voters to get the full story.

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  5. Lance (2,613 comments) says:

    And ross the lefty comes in with a distracting throw… but it misses the point

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  6. GPT1 (2,111 comments) says:

    That he vowed not to use

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  7. RRM (9,745 comments) says:

    Anyone would think the leader of the opposition was not allowed to use this service…?

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  8. Lance (2,613 comments) says:

    The hoot of it all is, as a politician it probably is difficult to use public transport in ones normal duties, unless you wish to specifically make point. But it has been the tactic of the left to throw around idiotic shit like this in an attempt to make it stick and now Goff has been caught in the same trap.
    So bloody funny

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  9. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    A nervous laugh before disclosing he travels like royalty.
    Sorry, but Goff’s tone of voice is as grating as chalk scratching a blackboard.

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  10. ross (1,454 comments) says:

    Lance,

    A distraction would be to quote Banks’ recent comment, which wasn’t said with tongue in cheek:

    “If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, young Maori men in south Auckland the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending and more burglaries, then we’re going to have them coming through our windows.”

    Shades of Muldoon there…at least Epson know what they’re in for if they vote for Banks.

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  11. Lance (2,613 comments) says:

    @ross
    So you are saying that banging on about Key and Banks ‘deal’ under the thread ‘goff on public transport’ is not an attempt at distraction?

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  12. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    New Labour election bribe policy… VIP transport to be made available to all beneficiaries…..

    There, now there is nothing wrong with Goff calling it public transport….

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  13. thedavincimode (6,606 comments) says:

    … I mean really, what an unbelievably fucking stupid thing to say.

    I guess the mental process (oxymoron) went something like this:

    Hosking: “Aside from photo ops, do you use public transport?”

    Goof: [thinks: I’m fucked, I never it use … [panic] … I know, I’ll say something really funny that will win me votes by showing I’m a good guy]

    Goof: “I’ve used it a lot lately; its the VIP limo service. Haw, haw haw!”

    Clunk

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  14. Lance (2,613 comments) says:

    thedavincimode nails it !!!

    LOL

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  15. PaulL (6,013 comments) says:

    Well, taxis are generally seen as a form of public transport – in that they’re shared transport. And VIP limos are like taxis with a very limited clientele. I can see how Goff got there, but he probably didn’t check the end point before he opened his mouth. Limos are actually more sound in a public transport sense than a dedicated car is. But he wasn’t clear on that.

    Ross, more distractions? Interesting. Are you saying Banks is wrong?

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  16. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    ross

    One day, just once, try and focus on the issue rather than this infantile ploy of yours to constantly say “they did it too”.

    Simple question: If Key joked that using the VIP limo service was his public transport would you suddenly start telling us the stupid things Goff did ?

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  17. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Limos are actually more sound in a public transport sense than a dedicated car is. But he wasn’t clear on that.

    I don’t have the tax payers funding a driver to sit around waiting for me to want to go somewhere… but sure if you have unlimited entitlement access to somebody elses money then having a full time driver employed probably makes your dedicated car(s) more usefull to more people….

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  18. PaulL (6,013 comments) says:

    burt – a taxi driver would be a full time driver……sure, taxis are more efficient due to greater pool of customers. Anyway, moot point. Goff is an idiot for even suggesting VIP transport as being public transport.

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  19. Other_Andy (2,553 comments) says:

    This must be the same person who admonishes Key for going on a holiday to Hawaii and goes on a holiday to Greece himself.

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  20. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    PaulL

    You don’t see many BMW taxis… perhaps ordinary folk who don’t think of taxi’s as public transport wouldn’t be able to afford them… Goff reminds us how hollow the Labour party is…. For the many…. yeah right !

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  21. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Other_Andy

    It’s different when labour do it… always has been and always will be. ( Red = good : Blue = bad)

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  22. Pete George (23,416 comments) says:

    New Labour election bribe policy… VIP transport to be made available to all beneficiaries…..

    Don’t they deserve a decent form of transport? The same as everyone else?

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  23. annie (540 comments) says:

    He’s entitled to use the VIP service and even joke about it, but the real issue is the hypocrisy and untruths Mr Goff uses rather freely around this and other issues.

    A few months ago he flogged Key for having an ‘entourage’ because he used security guards and travelled using the crown limos. At the time he claimed he did neither.

    Both may have been true for a week or two after his statement, but he has consistently used crown limos and a security detail himself since.

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  24. trout (932 comments) says:

    Phil’s ‘public transport’ (off the Whale)

    ‘Phil Goff visited Nelson, a Crown BMW had to be driven up from Christchurch just so he could be picked up and returned to Nelson Airport. Obviously, there were other available options, but the BMW nevertheless had to make the return trip from Christchurch.
    The Nelson Mail (8.11.11, page 2) mentioned it with photo under the heading ”Goff’s Beatles Moment.” It commented:
    “Frankly, we can’t believe the waste. What is the point of driving an empty Government vehicle from Christchurch? Why not use a car, taxi or even limousine based in Nelson?”

    Phil Goff accused John Key of lying when he said one thing and then did another. Of course Phil Goff was ignoring the circumstances. In this case however Phil Goff is on record as saying that the Crown cars are expensive and that he won;t use them, yet he does and in silly places at ridiculous expense.’

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  25. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Pete George

    Of course, if we put hubbo meters on all cars and tax them at about $10,000 / kilometer we can have free VIP transport for all people who can’t afford a car. Doooh!

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  26. jem (49 comments) says:

    RRM
    “Anyone would think the leader of the opposition was not allowed to use this service…?”

    I think you miss the point sorry. Goff previously berated Key for using this service , saying it was an unneccesary expense to the tax payer and he would only use taxis to save money… yet his “actions” do not match his “words”. Which is actually a very common occurance with him.

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  27. Rick Rowling (825 comments) says:

    /Begin simulation of Labour supporter commenting style

    He LIED about taking taxis instead of limos. He LIED LIED LIED LIED LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR

    Unlike that nice honest reporter who accidentally left his microphone “on” in a bag, who I will believe unwaveringly.

    /end

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  28. Other_Andy (2,553 comments) says:

    Pete George

    “Don’t they [beneficiaries] deserve a decent form of transport? The same as everyone else?”

    1. What is ‘everyone else’s’ form of transport?
    2. What is a decent form of transport?
    3. Don’t they already have access to the same transport as everyone else?
    4. Why not make it a ‘human right’ like access to the internet?

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  29. kiwi in america (2,494 comments) says:

    ross
    Had Key said anything remotely controversial to Banks you can bet your bottom dollar they’d have published it.

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  30. Mark (1,462 comments) says:

    A flippant remark but all the same to say it to someone as indiscreet as Slater is simply stupid.

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  31. BeaB (2,103 comments) says:

    Is that really the case about the BMW being driven up to Nelson? Surely that needs some examination especially as the Greens are looking at supporting Labour. It’s shades of Empress Helen!
    If John Key had done such a thing the reds would all be shrieking.

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  32. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Mark

    VIP limo service is public transport – for the few…. Labour, for the many not the few! People actually believe Labour BS – well about 20-something percent of them do….

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  33. Mark (1,462 comments) says:

    Manolo (5,280) Says:
    November 14th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    A nervous laugh before disclosing he travels like royalty.
    Sorry, but Goff’s tone of voice is as grating as chalk scratching a blackboard.

    As is Key’s. They take being disingenuous to an art form. Its a funny thing tho is that despite their individual delusions of grandeur the world doesn’t end when they quit politics.

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  34. Pete George (23,416 comments) says:

    Labour announces new policy – Traveling For Families, where everyone who has a family will get a tax credit equivalent to the cost a decent mode of travel. Next election they will extend this to Travelling for Poor People.

    Labour announces another new policy – Holidays for Families. All families will get a tax credit equivalent to the cost of a holiday in Hawaii every parliamentary recess.

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  35. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Pete George

    Following the success in south Auckland in previous elections a new tax credit is being offered by Labour: KFC – Kiwi Family Credit.

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  36. dime (9,787 comments) says:

    BAHHAHA what a stupid thing to say. im sure it would go down well at a party in wellington with his RICH PRICK mates who live off the tax payer.. but yeah, not so flash when you say it to tyhe general public.

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  37. thedavincimode (6,606 comments) says:

    PG

    “New Labour policy – Traveling For Families”

    You were joking, weren’t you?? :(

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  38. dime (9,787 comments) says:

    Id prefer to see

    “Taxing for Families” – a new “kiwi tax” code that is voluntary. Lefties who want to tax the bejesus out of Dime can select this new code and pay extra tax themsleves. Apparently they are all keen. Shouldnt cost too much to implement. lets see how many caring lefties buy in :)

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  39. vet (1 comment) says:

    Guys, it’s called “a joke”. Like when Don Brash said he wanted ACT to get 10-15% of the vote. Anyone who took either one at face value should probably be putting their affairs into administration, because they’re not fit to walk about unsupervised.

    It may not be particularly good, but banging on about it as if the words are meant to be taken seriously is just lame.

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  40. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    PG

    No, the Holidays for Families needs tweaking, based on recent evidence. Only rich prick wankers take their holidays in Hawaii. Men of the people, those who truly, deeply understand their working class support base, they holiday in Greece.

    How completley out of touch IS goofy? Could he possibly be more arrogant or condescending?

    And Im sure this remark will either pass unnoticed on the standard, or be spun that “it was a joke, he laughed”. Guess what goofy, no one else did. If these morons ever inhabit the Treasury benches again, I will start a non payment of taxes movement.

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  41. Pete George (23,416 comments) says:

    thedanincimode – if I suggested a month ago that Labour were extending Working for Families to beneficiaries would you have thought I was joking?

    Of course everything I say here is my own personal opinion and is not authorised by anyone.

    Seriously, I had an exchange on TS this morning that inspired my opinion here. EG:

    Hard work is not essential. The only reason why we need hard work now is because the capitalists are taking all the benefits of increased productivity and then accusing those made worse off by their greed of being bludgers.

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  42. TMC (76 comments) says:

    Wow – VIP limos are public transport? Well, technically he is correct but it just reminds me a scene in the Mel Brooks History of the World, Part I…

    Count De Monet – Sir, the peasants are revolting!
    King Louis – You said it. They stink on ice.

    Here’s the NZ version:
    Phil Goff from the back of his limo – Public transport is awesome. I fully support it. Pass the champagne Len.

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  43. burt (8,169 comments) says:

    Pass the Chardonnay….

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  44. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    I do get sick of the whinging public when things like politician’s transport comes up. It certainly isn’t the VIP service which costs the taxpayer billions every year. The billions is made up of all the things we demand.

    I don’t support VIP service for politicians because I care about their comfort. I support it because it demeans our nation not to have it. These are our leaders and their transport should reflect the importance of their position.

    All the jealous losers need to just get over it :)

    Goff’s comment perhaps not politically wise, but if he said it ironically that to me shows he’s capable of self-examination and that is an indication of good character.

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