‘The Message’ is clear

Russell Brown has posted The Message at Public Address, giving an account of sorts of Phil Goff’s launch of his campaign for the Auckland mayoralty.

They message he is trying to convey is quite clear. His intro:

The announcement of Phil Goff’s intention to seek the Auckland mayoralty yesterday was able and organised. Various important constituencies were represented in the room, the messaging was precise and the first person to be greeted by name in the candidate’s speech was the present deputy mayor, Penny Hulse. So she’s on board.

Later:

Goff was at pains to emphasise that yesterday was not a campaign launch, merely the announcement of his candidacy. Policy will come with the launch proper, next year. He has already drawn some clear lines: finance the CRL more quickly, prevent Port expansion into the harbour, don’t privatise Watercare. But he will need to take good advice on what he chooses to say around the complexities of the Unitary Plan, the Auckland Plan and the Long Term Plan before having to actually state policy on them. Populism gets very perilous in that area, especially when you’re promising “protection for areas of high heritage value.”

But yesterday’s launch was competent and confident. After he spoke, Goff circulated easily for photographs while the press waited at the door of the room. His meeting and greeting completed, he turned, strode to the door and delivered his lines. He clearly does know how this is done.

Is Russell Goff’s media adviser? Did he arrange the media event? Whether he did or not his message is quite clear.

I can’t see any dosclosure so he must just be a interested observer, albeit quite keen on Goff’s bid for the mayoralty.

 

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th November 2015

    I don’t know why people take Brown seriously. I always find him creepily manipulative. There is always a not very well hidden agenda.

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    • Kevin

       /  24th November 2015

      “But yesterday’s launch was competent and confident. After he spoke, Goff circulated easily for photographs while the press waited at the door of the room. His meeting and greeting completed, he turned, strode to the door and delivered his lines. He clearly does know how this is done.”

      Yep, not well hidden at all.

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  2. traveller

     /  24th November 2015

    Russell Brown personifies the Grey Lynn pseudo over represented in the NZ press and commentariat. He is proudly “progressive” to his bland but ever so cool dude, utterly pretentious core.
    I’d rather Brown tell us just when Mr “just tell me which way up you want me” Goff ever showed spine? When did he show that he could lead from the front? When did he inspire? Was it when he was cuddling up to Arafat? Was it when he was getting pithy and sanctimonious about this issue or another? Was it when he rode his Triumph and pumped his chest out doing the silly walk?
    The left don’t want inspirational, they don’t want a boat rocker, they want grey, they want someone “known” that the masses will mindlessly tick a box for. No elderly career public servant will advance our biggest city, they’ll just swan about, collect the salary and line their pockets. Who better to do this than that most grey and lazy man – Phil Goff.

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    • Mike C

       /  24th November 2015

      @Traveller

      That’s a very handsome photo you have of yourself as your profile picture 🙂

      Reply
      • traveller

         /  24th November 2015

        That is a lilac breasted roller mikec. I’ll be changing it out as the mood takes me. 🙂

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        • Mike C

           /  24th November 2015

          @Traveller

          Is Bird Watching one of your hobbies?

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  24th November 2015

          I’ve been thinking for a while about up dating my profile pic as well.

          Would anyone know where I could source a photo of the Yellow Crested Saggy Tit?

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          • oldmantalking

             /  24th November 2015

            As an older gentleman and an avid bird watcher, I have seen many a saggy tit in their natural environment, unfettered and flying free. There are many caged varieties but you don’t often see them out.
            I am led to believe the rare yellow crested variety are nocturnal and somewhat shy, having never been photographed. So good luck with your search.

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            • Mike C

               /  24th November 2015

              @OMT

              Funny Funny Funny … LOL 🙂

            • scornithologist

               /  24th November 2015

              as a keen twitcher you may have spotted some of these twitterers.

              – Spanish idiatkin
              – Lesser springer booby
              – scabrous dermutt
              – diminished
              ronscammer
              – leeching bloaterle
              – waxen sphinxted fillip
              – belted butterplug

              While they tend to shyness these species are, in fact, relatively easy to spot, and are often seen in each others company (collective noun a ‘thuggery’ or a ‘pustulence’). Most often observed feasting on the ordure of moribund marine whippomorpha.

              Most other species tend to avoid them due to their frequent toneless, repetitive shrieking, and seemingly senseless mimicry of each other. Like most scavengers, their raucousness is inversely related to their threat. Although, they have been known to turn upon their own species; juvenile males are particularly in danger of predation by older bloated ones.

              All are subject to a particularly suppurating form of dermotitis, believed to be caught from and spread by frequent interactions with other animal species. Side effects include a pungent odour and oily discharge.

            • Guest

               /  24th November 2015

              *blush*

            • insider

               /  24th November 2015

              Spanish idiatkins and dermatitis…

              Snigger

            • insider

               /  24th November 2015

              [Precautionary delete] doh! bloody auto spell

    • I’ll never forget the day he went on twitter throwing his toys because there was insufficient bicycle parking outside his local trendy supermarket. Hilarious stuff. I find much humour in people using social media to complain about first world problems. Reminds me of a couple of weeks back, someone on a community page going into a big rant as the topic of the post complaining about cyclists “yelling at each other” in conversations while riding past her house at 7:30am. People are wrapped up in their own self importance they can’t see the forest for the trees.

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  3. Ray

     /  24th November 2015

    One of the many amusing things about Russell is that he attended the same school as John Key at the same time
    But he didn’t know him, possible because Russ was Mr Cool, down with the dudes, man of the proletariat, bank managers son
    While of course the future PM was a state house boy, nose down trying to make something of himself
    Tells you all you need to know really

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  4. I read his post and thought he was more balanced than he’s been given credit for. Yes he likes Goff but the tone of the article was still that of a spectator not insider.

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