We just received the Phil Goff leaflet in our mail today. Is this old news and has it already been over-analysed by the NZ blogging community? If so apologies for repetition.
In it he notes that he spent seven seasons in a freezing works – the only employment he chooses to list. That seems quite different from his official biography on the parliament website, which lists his career as a lecturer. Is being an academic really that embarrassing?
But the bit I found really odd was this paragraph:
“Later, I was proud to be part of a Labour government that cared about jobs for everyone, health care and our kids education, and that led the world with our nuclear-free legislation.”
Nuclear free legislation? He’s referring to a government singular. So the government that he is referring to proudly is the 1984-90 one? That would certainly explain his repetitious use of the word ‘fierce’ in the rest of the leaflet.
And the final thing – which kind of relates to harking back fondly to a government in the 1980s – is that every single person in the leaflet’s photos is grey-haired. That will, I assume have been a deliberate choice. Now I like the fact that here, finally, is a piece of advertising that respects older people. But it does leave me wondering who Goff and his advisers have identified as his target audience. Is someone finally trying to mop up the last of the NZ First vote? Or has he just decided he can’t out-youth Key and his pacific hip hop posse?