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Was Goff channelling Churchill?


With his reference to sweat, blood and tears

“It’s certainly not to denigrate the airline – we sweated blood and tears over Air New Zealand, bought it back for New Zealand, got it back on its feet and we don’t want to see this National Government hock it off.”

in the spat over the Labour asset sales ad, was Goff channelling Winston Churchill who in a famous WWII speech said:-

I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

or is that too subtle an allusion?

After all the Churchill quote fits the campaign approach of our policy is for the good of the nation, and the idea of rolling back the evil of National as Labour sees it. Or is it that he sees Labour losing and is thus preparing his party for many,many months of struggle and suffering in opposition?


One Comment
  1. 30/10/2011 23:33

    They certainly did sweat blood and tears, Adam. The blood was drawn by the Australian unions that destroyed Ansett and the tears were of the crocodile kind and shed by Labour over the thought of those nasty asians in Singapore buying up our ailing airline. Far better to fleece the dumb taxpayer.


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