Clayton Cosgrove

The media are finally noticing a traitor in Labour’s ranks

Labour’s election campaign is slip, slidin’ away

The election is slip, slidin’ away from Labour.

They are approaching the territory of Bill English, expect a sudden collapse of their vote in this final week as people wake up to the fact that they can’t win.

Voters don’t vote for losers.For the same reason people leave early from a rugby match when their team is getting pasted the voters will abandon Labour.

National is urging its supporters not to split their vote as our latest poll confirms the minor parties are on the rise – and Labour continues to slump.

The stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll signals a horror start to the final week of the campaign for Labour as its support slides to 22.4 per cent, putting it on track for an unprecedented trouncing.

It appears to have bled some support to the Greens, who are on 13 per cent. But most attention is around the seeming unstoppable rise of Winston Peters and NZ First.

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Clayton Cosgrove still working hard…for himself and not Labour

A reader emails from Christchurch.

Hi Cam

Nor’West News dated Monday 8th September.

Half page add by Clayton again showing how hard he is working.

Again no Labour branding.

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Still mis-leading by labelling himself MP Waimakiriri

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Waimakariri – Compare and Contrast

Clayton Cosgrove and Matthew Doocey are going head to head in Waimakariri.

Below is Clayton’s half page advert in the latest Nor’West News issue dated Monday 1st September.

And how old is the photo on the bottom left compared to top right. Or maybe the photo bottom left is post plugs and is actually more recent?

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New job for Clayton Cosgrove?

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2014 has been an unmitigated disaster for supermarket giant Countdown.

With the Commerce Commission’s investigation in full swing and, from what I’m hearing they’re leaning towards believing the suppliers over the bullies at Countdown’s head office, things are not going well for NZ boss Dave Chambers.

Maybe Dave Chambers would like to try the stunt its owners at Woolworths are now watching roll out in Australia with its arch rival Coles.

Coles has decided it needs to “rebuild bridges with grocery suppliers” and has hired former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett to oversee a new supplier charter.   Read more »

Labour’s reverse campaign

Rodney Hide discusses Labour’s reverse campaigning.

The Labour MPs who didn’t want David Cunliffe as leader also didn’t want him as prime minister. They still don’t.

These MPs are reverse campaigning. Their aim is to achieve a once-in-a-generation transformation of the Labour Party.

Their reverse campaigning is witnessed in their focus on the electorate vote, contradiction of party policy, plans to de-extinct moa and public criticism of Mr Cunliffe taking time to holiday.

None of this is accidental. These are professional politicians.

Here’s the logic. Labour this election picks up two Maori electorates plus Clayton Cosgrove wins Waimakariri and Stuart Nash wins Napier. Their success knocks out four Labour list candidates.

Labour polls in the low 20s. That means less than 30 MPs. The 27 constituencies that Labour wins largely fills Labour’s MP quota. The list MPs are cleaned out. Sue Moroney, Andrew Little, Maryan Street and Moana Mackey are gone.

The result is a different Labour Party. The constituency MPs are centrists. They have to be to win and retain their seats. The list MPs are to the left. The election cleanout changes Labour’s political dynamic. It’s ideological centre shifts rightward. The remnant Labour Party is more centre-right than National’s Cabinet.

Mr Cunliffe goes. He can’t survive such a catastrophic defeat.

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Tired and rundown

A Ground Crew member emails:

Came across this whilst walking the dog.

Clayton looks tired and run-down much like the Labour party!

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“It almost seems as if he wants the glory, but he hasn’t got the guts.”

Labour’s caucus have had a gutsful with The Cunliffe and they are talking out of school.

Labour MPS are disgusted by leader David Cunliffe’s skiing holiday just two months before the election and will question his work ethic at a caucus meeting on Tuesday, a senior party insider has told the Sunday Star-Times.

As Labour hit a new polling low of just 23.5 per cent in the latest Stuff/Ipsos poll and data suggested those numbers would climb quickly if its leader quit, Cunliffe took a week’s leave to go skiing in Queenstown. That decision has infuriated a significant number of Labour MPs, the insider claimed.

A lot of MPs are really f….. off about it,” he said. “They are all working hard up and down the country, and f…… Cunliffe is on holiday. Guys like [Phil] Goff and [Annette] King and [David] Shearer, these guys really want it badly and they are working like their lives depend on it. And I think they are a little incredulous about what the guy is doing.”

The insider said while Prime Minister John Key was also holidaying – in Hawaii – there was a “world of difference” between an incumbent prime minister enjoying 52 per cent support in the polls and an opposition leader trailing nearly 30 points behind.

“It sounds a little treasonous, but the guy doesn’t want it badly enough. If he did, he would be working. I think it is disgraceful behaviour, and not the sort of behaviour becoming of a guy who wants to be prime minister.

We will be having a talk to David at caucus about his work ethic on Tuesday. We’ll be letting him know he’s got two months to turn this around, and we’re backing him and right behind him but he’s got to lift his game.”

The insider believed up to 20 of the 33 Labour MPs were deeply unhappy with Cunliffe’s leadership, but had accepted that an attempt to dump him this late in the term would backfire.

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Clayton Cosgrove using National’s slogan and hiding Labour links

As predicted we are seeing Labour MPs doing everything they can to avoid painting themselves as Labour candidates and they most certainly are not putting up billboards and hoardings with The Cunliffe on them.

Clayton Cosgrove has recycled his billboards from past elections as again, as I predicted, they are mostly white with only the barest hint he is standing for Labour.

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Countdown proves they are bullies, now posturing against the FGC

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2014 has been a fiasco for supermarket bully Countdown.

It kicked off the year bullying Kiwi suppliers with threats of being black-listed unless they ponied up with additional payments.

Then Countdown tried to call Shane Jones and Clayton Cosgrove’s bluff by sending threatening letters to the Commission Committee.

After the Commerce Commission announced there was sufficient evidence to launch an inquiry into Countdown’s behaviours, the company decided a new PR offensive was needed.

They fly in their Australian boss Ralph Waters, who then conveniently forgot about 15,000 of their “team members” and said it was a case of Aussie bashing.

Wheeling in an Australian boss to tell Kiwis they had it all wrong worked well for them with WOBH’s supermarket sources saying Countdown’s market share taking a hammering.  Read more »