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January 28, 2010

Goff speech: The many. Not the few

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 12:33 pm

And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people and that the whole nation perish not.

John 11:49

Up now. There’s some real policy:

  • $15 minimum wage
  • Salary cap for public servants – no salary higher than the PM.
  • Extend funding for pilot youth offender scheme

Some waffle:

  • Addressing educational under-achievement will be a policy development priority
  • reform monetary policy
  • will co-operate with government on tax so long as they do everything we want them to

No mention of ‘ordinary New Zealanders’, lot’s of ‘working’ or ‘hard working New Zealanders’, which is what the Dim-Post commentariat endorsed.

Clever pivot from attacking white collar criminals to attacking benefit fraudsters. I guess they want someone from the left to label the speech as ‘benefit bashing’ and give it some legs.

Fitzsimons resignation is still the political story of the day – I wonder if she timed it to thwart Labour – a parting ‘fuck you’ to the party that said the same thing to her for over a decade?

Update: The subject and themes of the speech are fine but the policies seem like a random grab-bag; it’s hard to imagine who they’re supposed to win over and I think they’ll be easy for Key to swat away: ‘we need to attract high calibre leaders to run the public service and so we pay them accordingly’, ‘a drastic rise in the minimum wage will cripple small and medium businesses and put countless struggling New Zealanders out of work’.

Also, most of the excesses he’s attacking occurred under his government, many of them exacerbated by the polices Labour introduced.


  1. As per usual, Vernon Small’s piece on the speech resembles fiction.

    Comment by georgedarroch — January 28, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  2. You’re too kind, Danyl. Job 1 with this wasn’t policy, it was reconnecting with the base. This doesn’t make clear who the base even is.


    Comment by Lew — January 28, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  3. Base jumping Lew.

    Comment by Minty — January 28, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  4. Goff gets off to a bad start. Sorry but that speech is a piece of tripe. Its also interesting that he talks about underachieving children and uses Maori as an example. Whanau Ora is designed to address many of those issues yet Labour just attacks it. The piece about intervention in the lives of offending children is already being done by National. This too was attacked by Labour. Not to mention National is addressing child education.

    Lastly, he contradicts himself with this line, “In 2010, with economic recovery, the Government has the opportunity to deliver both.”

    The economy may well be recovering but we’re not having a bonanza Mr. Goff. Goff seems to think we’re back to the boom times during Clark’s term in office. I also would prefer Chief Executives are paid more than PM. I don’t wish to see the Prime Minister highest paid in the government or the public service.

    Comment by gingercrush — January 28, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  5. jeanette slam-dunked goff – teamphil must be livid

    Comment by marty mars — January 28, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  6. […] further reading: here’s vernon’s, danyl’s, farrar’s, eddies’ & lew’s takes. Categories: NZ Politics Tags: Bludgers, […]

    Pingback by Goff speech hits mark walloping bludgers at both ends « Life and Politics — January 28, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  7. So if he ever becomes PM, one of Goff’s first orders of the day will be to make sure no other public servant gets paid more than him.

    Rather than sack anyone, he could just give himself a massive pay-rise and boast how he kept his promise.

    Comment by Pat — January 28, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

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