Goff is the front runner for leader
Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff was yesterday expected to be named as the next leader of the Labour Party, after outgoing Prime Minister Helen Clark’s resignation on Saturday.
The possibility has provoked mixed reactions from his constituents.
Musician John Key, who shares the name but not the politics of the National Party leader, supports the move.
He says Mr Goff, ranked third on the party list, should have led the Labour Party into Saturday’s election.
“He should have been up against him (John Key) in the first place. Helen Clark should have resigned and passed it over to him a year ago.”
He says Mr Goff doesn’t “fudge around” when asked questions by the media and doesn’t protect his portfolios when something goes wrong.
“A lot of MPs shoot themselves in the foot trying to protect civil servants.”
The Mt Roskill MP also has a good understanding of the international scene and is a man of the people, he says.
“He can be up in front of the United Nations giving the richer nations a hard time about their attitude towards poverty and AIDS and representing the whole country.
“The next week he can be sitting in his little caravan somewhere in Mt Roskill listening to his constituents complain about pigeons and boy racers.”
Resident Andrina Grove agrees he should take up the mantle.
“He would be ideal. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”
David Avulamanda says Miss Clark has left “big shoes to fill” for the next leader.
“I don’t know if Phil Goff has the charisma or personality to be the leader of that party.”
Mr Goff was expected to go into the leadership unopposed.