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January 28, 2010

The lover of horses

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 5:30 am

Goff has his big speech today. The idea is for the Labour leader to deliver a game changer that captures the mood of the public and sets the agenda for the year.

Me neither. But it will give us an insight into what the current leadershp thinks their party is about and who they want to represent. I think the only serious topic for his speech is superannuation:

  • how New Zealand will pay for retirement is a real problem instead of a manufactured crisis.
  • Labour occupies the moral high ground on the issue.
  • A Labour leader can announce real policy (around Kiwisaver and super eligability ages) that Key simply cannot match.
  • It let’s him talk about Labour Party values – welfare, shared responsibility etc and make the case for those ideals. Under Clark there was a drift towards the notion that leaders of the state need to impose their values on the public. Goff should make the case that Labour is really about the state serving the public.
  • Goff could use statistics around super affordabilty and suspension of payments into the Cullen fund to rub Key and English’s faces in shit.

He can’t talk about the economy because it looks like it’s improving. He can’t go for law and order – the Nats haven’t been in government long enough to own crime as an issue. My guess is he’ll go for some culture war, conservative values based theme.

Update: The speech is – apparently – on the shape of the economic recovery. Which is a pretty smart direction to go down.

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12 Comments »

  1. Superannuation as it currently stands, it is simply too expensive.

    Would love to see Labours answer.

    Comment by Minty — January 28, 2010 @ 6:50 am

  2. @minty

    How about, Kiwisaver and the ‘Cullen Fund’.

    Superannuation as it currently stands, it is simply too expensive.

    Would love to see Nationals answer. Beside opposition to kiwisaver and the cullen fund.

    (do I use apostrophe or not?)

    Comment by andy (the other one) — January 28, 2010 @ 7:50 am

  3. According to IrishBill’s rumours, the theme is “personal responsibility”. That ties in with superannuation, and wider social welfare themes.

    The whole world’s watching, Phil. Well, NZ at least. Or maybe just Wellington and parts of Auckland. Sigh.

    L

    Comment by Lew — January 28, 2010 @ 7:51 am

  4. A Labour leader can announce real policy (around Kiwisaver and super eligability ages) that Key simply cannot match.

    And doesn’t have a hope in hell of paying for?

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — January 28, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  5. The only good thing about being in Opposition is that you don’t have to be able to pay for your policies. Goff can announce what he likes, Key can’t.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 28, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  6. what does the title mean? I thought Phil wanted to be known as a lover of motorbikes

    Comment by kahikatea — January 28, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  7. From wikipedia:

    Philip is a given name, derived from the Greek Philippos (Φίλιππος), meaning “lover of horses” or “friend of horses”. From φίλος (philos) “lover” and ίππος (hippos) “horse”.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — January 28, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  8. One of my favorite literary pseudonyms was Phillip K Dick’s – in VALIS he calls himself ‘Horselover Fat’ (Dick means ‘fat’ in German.

    Comment by danylmc — January 28, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  9. From Wikipedia, when the name Goff originates from Ireland it means “horseman”. No kidding.

    On the other hand, online dictionaries define goff as “a silly clown”.

    Comment by georgedarroch — January 28, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  10. Goff would . . . cap public service salaries? WTF?

    Comment by danylmc — January 28, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

  11. Only of the elites danyl, only the elites. More to come i’m sure.

    Comment by StephenR — January 28, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  12. Well the news reports are rubbish, but the speech itself is at scoop, of course: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1001/S00140.htm

    Comment by StephenR — January 28, 2010 @ 1:05 pm


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