by Mr Wainscotting
Phil Goff, along with John Key, has been invited to a meeting of the fundamentalist Family First to answer questions on his personal stance on abortion, and marriage, among other things. While Idiot/Savant over at No Right Turn takes the view that Goff shouldn’t give them the time of day, and I’m also inclined to take this position (and have just been doing so on Twitter) given Goff’s track record, it is an election year, and they were invited.
Family First were founded on principles of traditional, heteronormative marriage and also campaigned heavily against the anti-smacking legislation, costing us $8 million to hold a pointless, poorly worded referendum. They also fiercely oppose abortion rights and sexual freedom.
So, what are we likely to see? He’s being asked for his personal stance on these topics, but as a party leader in a party-political system, it’s not his job to promote his personal opinions — his job is to promote those of the Labour Party. It is yet to be seen how he will respond to their questioning, and the ball is squarely in his court. But I can guess what he’ll do.
Back in May I tore up my Labour Party membership card after Goff said Damien O’Connor’s ‘gaggle of gays’ gaff would “probably get him elected.”
Goff frequently asks people to submit questions to him on Facebook, the questions with the most ‘like’s will be answered. Goff was asked “If the Labour Party are elected into Government, will the Party be looking at the issues Trans men and women face? If so, how? If not, why not?” Despite this question getting plenty of ‘like’s, Goff chose to ignore the question entirely.
Goff has also stated that he opposes same-sex marriage.
I can hope that he openly opposes Family First on matters of abortion, marriage, etc. and that he doesn’t obfuscate his opposition with political double-speak in the interest of pandering to their votes, as so often happens with politicians.
By the time I hit ‘Publish’, the meeting will be well over, and a follow-up should be hot on the heels of this article. Ball is in your court, Goff.