Alf is struggling not to feel sorry for Phil Goff, after the kerfuffle in the Labour Party that resulted in Chris Carter being tossed out of their caucus for being a sneaky bastard and a disloyal one who sent an unsigned letter to media representatives in an attempt to undermine Goff’s leadership.
Why Carter went to the bother is beyond understanding, because Goff has been doing such a splendid job of being an election-losing leader that nobody really needed to be told this was so in an unsigned letter, although – come to think of it – the news media are not all that bright, and perhaps needed a nudge from Carter to see the obvious.
The bit of the Stuff report that Alf especially savours relates to Carter’s stress levels, which seem to be remarkably high, and to his love of overseas travel, which he seems to have been doing at the expense of Chinese taxpayers now that embarrassing publicity has caused him to be reined in from travelling too much at the expense of Kiwi taxpayers..
Alf notes with delight that…
he went on an unsanctioned trip to China and Tibet during a parliamentary recess, which Mr Goff and senior Labour members are citing as Mr Carter’s latest rule-breaking behaviour which they suggest has put the MP under stress.
Mr Carter said the Chinese government paid for the trip so he could attend a conference, and he is accusing his former colleagues of using the issue to deflect attention from his message that Labour can’t win the next election with Mr Goff as leader.