Adolf well remembers the awful 27% figure.
That's what he scored in School Certificate maths when he sat the exam in 1962. His father, an extremely good mathematician and ex RNZAF navigator, was less than impressed. Adolf dropped maths and went on to gain UE in a far more useless subject at which he excelled, French.
While working full time as a farm hand, Adolf enrolled in the Correspondence School class for School Cert maths. Exam time fell in the midst of hay making and there was no time for study during the month prior. So, a rush trip thirty miles into Rotorua, a three hour examination completed in 45 minutes and this time a 78% pass. (You see, at school I had missed one of the fundamnetals of algebra and just never caught up. But at my own speed, everything was fine)
Phil Goff won't get a second chance from Correspondence School.
Today his party recorded 27% in the TV3/Reid poll - or so reports David Farrar at Kiwiblog. TV3 do not yet have the poll and it's detail or commentary up on their website.
Yep, that's the one Helen Clark reckoned was always right. So much for all the smug ill informed talk from the professional commentariat about Labour and Goff escaping Darren Hughes' advances unscathed.
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