Tuesday: The bad started badly for Phil. Guyon Espiner told the nation that Phil had jumped the gun, and had released a half-baked policy which has not been approved by his senior colleagues. Parliament reconvened after the holiday break, and Phil took a pasting. To make matters worse, David Cunliffe forgot that Labour was the opposition as he grandstanded over interest rates, and Francesca Mold put the boot in on the 6pm news.
Wednesday: It was time to seize back the initiative! Phil's minders alerted the media to Bruce Burgess, hand-picked to represent the middle class in need of temporary welfare. The Herald dutifully reported, only to have to rewrite its story later in the day when more information came to light. Phil took ANOTHER pasting in the House. He escaped another pasting on the TV news, but only because of Clayton Weatherston - hardly an endorsement!
Thursday: Just when Phil thought it couldn't get any worse, it did! The Herald carried a story correcting its story from the day before, and John Armstrong wrote this:
This has been an especially awful week for Phil Goff. It is not just that the Labour leader has made two blunders - the first being a policy mishap and the second being caught out by failing to reveal pertinent information. It is that a pattern of bad judgment calls is starting to emerge. That will be causing his colleagues some serious concern.
Twice within the past two months, Goff has sought to cause National discomfort only to end up pinging himself by failing to disclose facts which ended up being revealed by his opponents to his embarrassment.
Oh dear. What can possibly happen next in the Chronicles of Phil? Feel free to speculate, but you know that we'll faithfully report it!!
UPDATE: You know that Phil Goff has MAJOR problems when no less a personage than "Eddie" at The Standard (and we all know who Eddie REALLY is, don't we?) tells Phil to "get your shit together"!!