Barry Soper

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories¬†and should actually be run from the party¬†rather than emulated for their electoral success. ¬† Read more »

Fiji vs NZ – Media blackouts

While I was in Fiji the foreign media, including NZ media were complaining about “censorship of media by the regime”.

It was a constant low grade whine for 3 days….the duration of the media blackout on reporting the election.

The refrain back in NZ by idiots like David Farrar and Barry Soper was the same. “Media need to be free to report”, “this is an outrageous restriction on media freedoms.”..all calls made by various media, and commentators like the idiot from Amnesty International.

Of course they all forgot that we have a media blackout in New Zealand too, it is just that ours is only one day.

Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.

This covers who they should or shouldn’t vote for and statements which might influence a person to abstain from voting.

Political parties and the media are included in this, meaning news outlets must not run stories which are likely to influence voters.

Political coverage can start again when voting closes at 7pm.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Once again everyone is expected in-studio.

The range of Topics today may include the following

  • The big reveal
  • Polls
  • Last debate on Wednesday; last chance for Cunliffe?
  • Policies. Have any managed to break through the noise?

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

We are all expected to be in-studio today, so that should be a good show.  I expect to get punched in the arm by Josie at least once!

The range of Topics today may include the following

  1. - National Fiscal Policy ‚Äď announced at 3pm
  2.  Cunliffe rules out Maori Party (on NewtalkZB this morning)
  3. Jamie Whyte
  4. Polls
  5. Kim Dot Com
  6. Capital Gains Tax

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

The format of the Cauldron may be different today, mostly because instead of commenting on political stories, I am the political story.   At this stage, it is expected that I will solo with Larry for the first half of the show.  Then I step back, and the rest of the team can comment on matters without me getting in the way.

This is the likely format, but it can still change. ¬†I’ll try and get Pete to update asap this if that’s the case.

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio )

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

As Cam is still in Israel and not back until Friday, he is not going to feature on the Cauldron today


I am not on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Jordan Williams on The Cauldron.

 

Topics today may include

1) ¬†John Key, the OIA request and… me

2) National Party housing policy

3) The Dotcom and Corkery show at the Internet Mana party launch

4) Labour cancelling policies to fit with Prefu limitations

5) Dirty Politics – will the polls reflect this?

 

Cam (not) on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio Рwith all but Josie expected in-studio)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

As Cam is in Israel right now, he is not going to feature on the Cauldron today


 

I am not on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Jordan WIlliams on The Cauldron.

 

Topics today may include

1)  Polls, polls, more polls

2) Green policy to eliminate child poverty

3) Labour’s policy on making alcolhol more expensive¬†and put the age back at 20

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio Рwith all THREE expected in studio)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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Barry Soper locked out from last nights debate, and not at all happy about it

Last night a WOBH camera operator was in attendance at the farce of a debate in Helensville electorate.

He was able to capture the displeasure exhibited by NewstalkZB journalist Barry Soper as he sought entry to the hall.

Note that Patrick Gower seemed able to saunter through the rather aggressive door security.

Soper was undeterred and unleashed that little Rottweiler that still lives inside himself.

Eventually the PM’s handlers arranged to assist him through the door.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB – [UPDATED]

[UPDATE]
ZB tell me Cam is not going to feature on the Cauldron today. Cam told me he is. Apart from the foibles of trying to run a media organisation from my bedroom and control a Type-A personality that’s now probably in a Kava induced coma, let’s all get together and see what is actually going to happen – Pete


 

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

I will be calling in from Fiji, so there will be little point watching me on Studio Cam.  Perhaps just use this charming photo with my The Edge death stare instead:

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Topics today may include

1)

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio Рbut a little pointless today)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Topics today may include

1) Labour’s Youth Policy, as announced by Grant Robertson today (wot, not Jacinda?)

2) Christine Rankin in Epsom

3) Laila Harre in Helensville

4) Sale of Lochinver to those pesky Chinamen

5) Tim Groser eats the wrong fish, even though it was on the menu

6) Roy Morgan Polls… the latest one, what’s up with that?

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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