Sunday, November 22, 2015

Goff deserts a sinking ship: Key throws him a life raft

I've been in hibernation from here - you may have noticed.

But two things have caught my attention today: The first was this post at The Standard.
The Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch of the Labour Party has been one of the most active, progressive and politically innovative branches of the Labour Party over the last 18 months...

However, at a Special Formal Meeting of the Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch this afternoon, branch members and officers/delegates voted to put the branch into recess. All officers and LEC delegates of the branch have publicly indicated that they will be resigning from their positions.
The second was John Key's implied endorsement of Phil Goff for Auckland Mayor.  That must hurt Mark Thomas.  He was shafted by Bolger in 1996, and now another National Party leader has given him an effective "don't come Monday".
Prime Minister John Key said Mr Goff's chances "would have to be pretty reasonable", depending on what other candidates came forward.

He said he could work comfortably with Mr Goff if he was successful, as he would with any other mayor...

Mr Key did not believe the big commitment needed for the upcoming campaign meant Mr Goff should resign as an MP.
What next?  A cup of tea with Goff in a Parnell cafe?

9 comments:

Noel said...

Interesting that Goff is standing as an Independent.
An indication that Auckland ratepayers are tiring of politics?

Anonymous said...

A Labour MP for 32 years and he's independent? Pull the other one.

The Veteran said...

Nick ... Key is stating the obvious re Goff. He has to work with the cards dealt to him and the inability of the 'right' to coerce around a 'name' candidate (MB?) left the door open for Goff. But, notwithstanding the executive power bestowed upon the Mayor under the legislation. he is still only the first among equals and the real story is whether the centre/right can wrest control of Council from the City Vision mob. Brown was only able to impose his will with the loose support of a number of supposedly centre/right Councillors who act more like independents when it suits them.

As for the Andersons Bay Branch of the Labour Party ... led by an interesting character who goes under the ndp of 'Colonial Viper'. The reality is that LECs are organizationally weak and their branches are open to capture by 'zealots' of whatever persuasion. I suspect the Dunedin South LEC is breathing a sigh of relief while you may expect the people involved to morph into Green Party activists.

Nick K said...

Vet, the main reason the right cannot get a 'name' candidate is because most on the right are sensible, intelligent, hard-working people who wouldn't want this job for all the tea in China. Who's this MB you mention? You are right, the power in council is still the votes around the table, and the right in Auckland is better off securing those numbers.

The Veteran said...

Nick ... Michael Barnett, CEO Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Nick K said...

Oh, you're kidding, right? He was next to useless on the ARC.

The Veteran said...

Nick ... your call. He is a 'name'. With great respect to Mark Thomas and I think he is pushing s up h. John Banks would jump at the chance but the reality is that he's done his dash. Williamson stuck his toes in the water and they came out frozen. So, it's Goff by default.

We are on the same page re votes around the table. My understanding is that the centre/right does not caucus as a team (unlike City Vision) and that is why Brown was able to get his way.

Hopefully the centre/right can get its 'Act' together. They need to ... for Aucklands sake.

Andrew Berwick said...

There aren't any centre let alone any right candidates in NZ politics.

National sure aren't centre or right, they just put up the benefits! And as for National's pet poodle, the drug-legalising anti-police "liberals" in ACT, pro-sexuality, anti-spirituality, pro-bludgers, pro-benefits, they certainly aren't a centre party, let alone a right-wing party either.

The Veteran said...

Hi Andrew ... pse authenticate your statement that National 'just' put the the benefit or are your referring to the AGA seven months ago? Can you also point me to any Party that proposes a freeze on benefits ... waiting, waiting ....

I am happy to be associated with a Party that believes in a safety net for our most vulnerable
but recognising the trap that is welfare dependency.

Bit off topic ... sorry Nick.