I feel sorry for Phil Goff and his family.
They are going through a tough time, and one that is regrettably too common for many NZ families.
It was also regrettable that his daughter's problem became news, but in this day and age, the families of leading politicians are increasingly used for generating both positive and negative news stories.
What I can not fathom is Phil Goff's statement to the media that he denied his daughter had used drugs before being caught with ecstasy.
Goff should have simply said "I will always support my daughter whenever she needs help, and this is such a time. I would now ask for privacy for our family."
By making such a naive sounding denial that his daughter had never used drugs before, Goff has successfully turned the issue onto himself - precisely how gullible is Goff?
It was sad to watch because what could have just been one day's bad publicity in the Sunday Star-Times has now become two days bad publicity.
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