Snobbery and a false rumour that a boundary change would take some homes out of the Auckland Grammar zone and affect property values are believed to be factors in the strong opposition by voters in the well-heeled Epsom electorate to being moved into the more working class Labour electorate of Mt Roskill.
I never saw Peseta Sam Lotu-IIga crying over spilt milk in Maungakiekie. He'll probably just get on with the job of convincing people why they should vote for him ahead of some union lackey. But Goff should know better:
Not being arrogant, but I would like to think that perhaps I could not simply match John Banks, Richard Worth and Rodney Hide, but I could perhaps do a better job.Goff could match his "non-arrogance", and show the people of Epsom he could do a better job than David Seymour, (who will win the seat) by standing in Epsom as the Labour candidate.
But he won't do that, because people would vote for him. And that wouldn't be the tactical thing to do for left voters who try to usurp electoral mandate by voting tactically for the National candidate.
Go on Phil, show us how good you really are or claim to be. Wash your hands of Arafat and show New Zealand a millionaire Labour MP man living on 20 acres in Clevedon can win Epsom.