Leader in waiting for change

Prime Minister John Key in July North and South:

“I was lucky because when I became party leader National was in an upswing and the Labour government was in its dying days. I critiqued the government, but was able to spend a lot of that time actually talking about our agenda – what we’d do in power.”

Contrast that with Labour leader Phil Goff seen as to eager to moan in the Manawatu Standard :

The problem here is that Mr Goff looks like he enjoys negativity, that he lies awake at night pondering new ways to be a wet blanket. He frequently comes across as a little too earnest, a bit too eager to moan.

Opposition parties always run that risk, and keeping the Government accountable is important, but Mr Goff will soon need to show he can do a better job in the hot seat than Mr Key. In that regard, he has a great deal of work to do.

John Key took over National as it was gaining support and he’s built on that.

Phil Goff took over a party which had just been thrown out of office after nine years in power. Its support had been falling for most of the last six and he hasn’t been able to turn that round.

John Key has a united caucus, happy to work with him to earn another term in government.

Phil Goff has a divided and directionless caucus. His leadership is safe for now, only because none of his colleagues want to grasp a poisoned chalice.

National is getting on with the business of governing and clearly articulating a plan to build a better New Zealand based on savings, investment and export-led growth.

Phil Goff and Labour aren’t particularly good at critiquing the government. Every time they look like they’re getting somewhere with that they’re sidetracked by sabotage from within, own goals or side shows. If they’ve got a plan they’re having trouble articulating it.

National is running the country.

Labour doesn’t look as if it’s capable of running itself.

John Key is the Prime Minister.

Phil Goff doesn’t look like a Prime Minister in waiting, he looks like a caretaker leader in waiting for the inevitable post-election leadership change.

9 Responses to Leader in waiting for change

  1. robertguyton says:

    Mmmmmmmmmm…..mountains of sugar.

  2. Gravedodger says:

    Throughout the nine years of Labour, the leadership was from a supremely confident Helen Clarke who with a tight, small in numbers, “central Committee” enjoyed a totally unchallenged position. That leadership was significantly from the Party and people not among those that convention viewed as “parliamentary leadership” but from a group whose only loyalty was personally to Ms Clarke. eg Carter, Street, Horomia, Dyson while Cullen, Cunliffe, Mallard, Parker,et al were effectively sidelined

    When the election was lost and Ms Clarke, who many wonder ever deep down, considered such an event could happen, suddenly resigned, the party was rudderless and turned immediately to the deputy and installed him.
    Now a good deputy does not equate to a good leader, the first is supportive and the second is dominant, and Phil Goff is a prime example of that difference.

    Since Goff ascended to the leadership by default without any process of campaigning by alternatives, and in the faction ridden parliamentary party that was a mistake, nothing was done to formulate a way forward and the factions all felt empowered to pursue their agendas without regard for unity.

    The result is clear and recognised by Joe and Josephine Public.

  3. Sinner says:

    Heh heh heh.

    It’s better still than that. Labour is effectively bankrupt, and once the police & privacy commissioner start investigating Labour’s corruption things will only get worse. Key’s telegraphed changes to union laws – banning salary deductions, banning political donations, and banning union membership by civil servants will put the final nail in Labour’s coffin. Going to SM will deal to the Greens and Maori parties. Goff may well be the last leader Labour ever has!

    NZ needs a reliable, responsible, fiscally literate opposition party. That party is ACT. The sooner the dross are eliminated from parliament – leaving a hard-left wing National party and a centre-left ACT (still far to the left of even Gordon Brown’s UK Labour, let alone David Cameron’s Conservatives) the better of NZ will be.

  4. Inventory2 says:

    Excellent post Ele3; I’d blog about it and link to it, except that Robert would only accuse me of having another go at Phil Goff, and I’d just HATE to give him further ammunition in his “shoot the messenger” campaign.

    One day (November 27th, perhaps), he’ll wake up, and realise that what we were saying about Phil Goff actually had merit.

  5. pdm says:

    Excellent post HP and comment GD. Sinner you are ever the optimist.

    I2 never, ever bow to the troll RG aka greenfly but more aptly blowfly.

  6. mort says:

    Key took the helm of National after pulling the knife out of Brash’s leadership’s back, and then implementing a continuation of the very same policies that are destroying a once wealthy nation. He has chosen to ignore 3 externally imposed opportunities to stop the rot but has chosen to continue the rapid descent in wealth scales with wanton welfarism through voter bribes thus killing the recovery up the scales of OECD countries which NZ needed in order for us to remain as a 1st world country.
    Some have purported that the knife was stuck there in the form of leaked e-mails by a financial imbecile who masquerades as an all knowing man of money of a centre right party, but the reality is that he has proven himself a self serving double dipper, who couldn’t balance a cheque book let alone a sovereign budget, all in the knowledge that he has equal voter appeal to that who you decry as Labour’s hapless whiny dote.

  7. robertguyton says:

    Ah that John Key, the Merrill Lynchman, the Smiling Assassin, Indian name ‘Dances With Trannies’ – he’s our boy!

  8. Inventory2 says:

    Homophobia much RG?.

  9. robertguyton says:

    ‘Merrill Lynch’ is a gay bar Inv2???
    Who knew!!!

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