Clayton Cosgrove

Cosgrove: ‘Like losing McCaw’

Clayton Cosgrove as the paid up president of the ABC (Anyone But Cunliffe) team has said that Shane Jones leaving is like the Crussaders losing Richie McCaw.

Those comments must be super-calculated to get out, to cause maximum damage to Cunliffe.

List MP Clayton Cosgrove, a close friend of Jones, said he was “gutted” his mate was leaving and admitted it would hurt the party five months out from the September 20 election.

The pair have been close for several years. Both came from business backgrounds before joining politics and had worked closely together on many issues, latterly Labour’s attack on supermarkets.

“I am gutted he’s going. He will leave a massive hole in our movement because he had such an appeal,” Cosgrove said.

But he said he respected the call Jones had made.

Cosgrove would not comment on whether he was aware of Jones’ move beforehand but conceded the resignation would not help Labour.

“It definitely takes away one of our big hitters. Shane was like a ballistic cannon when he fired. When you lose anybody that’s a talented bloke … it would be like losing Richie McCaw from the Crusaders. It makes your job a bit tougher.”   Read more »

Roy Morgan delivers a nice easter present for National

After yesterday’s Roy Morgan poll perhaps Labour might just start realising that no one cares about their silly pursuit of Judith Collins and voters simply believe that they are unfit to govern.

The poll delivers a shock for Labour, this is their favoured indicator, and proves the lie that Labour’s own internal polling is showing them at 34%.

Playing the nasty and not focussing on policies that matter to Kiwi voters is really starting to hurt them. But they are now past the point of no return for David Cunliffe and have to stick it out with a naff leader that no one likes or no one believes.

When you add on these results to the dramatic boundary changes you are going to see Labour MPs disappear back to their electorates in an attempt to shore up their own support. Watch as Ruth Dyson, Clayton Cosgrove and a number of other MPs spend considerably more time in their electorates than in Wellington.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a large jump in support for National (48.5%, up 5.5%) now with its largest lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (40%, down 5%) since July 2013 as New Zealanders celebrated the visit of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Support for Key’s Coalition partners is little changed with the Maori Party 1% (down 0.5%), ACT NZ (0.5%, unchanged) and United Future 0% (down 0.5%).  Read more »

Countdown tries to call out Clayton Cosgrove

The circus that is Countdown’s strategy of attacking a Parliamentary Select Committee is yet another turn in the ongoing PR disaster for Progressive Enterprises and its Australian owner Woolworths.

Seems the bosses at Countdown now think they’ve got bigger stones than the New Zealand Parliament.

Last night Labour’s bully-boy Clayton Cosgrove tried to give a slapping to Countdown over writing a letter to the Commerce Committee seeking information about the committee’s hearing when the Commerce Commission appeared before it.

Countdown’s now saying they only sent the letter to the Commerce Committee because they were “only able to rely on media reports of what happened”.

Sounds like more porkies from Countdown.

Does Countdown really expect us to believe that they didn’t have someone sitting in the committee room recording the conversation, taking notes of who said what and other observations of the committee?

Have they never heard of the Select Committee News (SCN) service?

Every other corporate in NZ does this, so why would Countdown be any different? Especially having such an experienced lobbyist as Sue Wood representing them.    Read more »

Calling bulldust on Dotcom’s claims of a sitting MP

Kim Dotcom, well used to making outlandish claims and false statements has claimed he has talked to 12 MPs and has one signed up but has a confidentiality agreement in place that prevents him naming this traitorous MP.

Stuff reports:

He repeated his claim that it would be represented in Parliament, whether or not it achieved the 5 per cent MMP threshold for list seats, because a sitting electorate MP would join.

He would not name the person or say which party he or she represented, because of a confidentiality agreement, but it was not Harawira. The MP’s name would be revealed in June.

I don’t think he will get to June. It will become apparent in short order that he is F0S.

David Farrar doesn’t think he has a traitor MP signed up either.

There are 70 electorate MPs. 42 in National, 22 in Labour, three in Maori Party, and one each in ACT, United Future and Mana. He says it is not Harawira. Well with respect, I’d say the claim is bullshit, and designed to make them seem relevant and undo the damage done from his vow to wind up the party and endorse another if not at 5%.   Read more »

National Selection Update, Ctd

Readers should remember this blog does not take sides in selections and always encourages people willing to run to have a crack. The only time it will take sides is to highlight unethical or immoral campaigns by dodgy candidates who think they can rig a selection.

Waikato: –  Lindsay Tisch has stared down the party so far and will run another term. He was told he should spend more time with his family but his family are better at kicking doors down and shaking the shit out of people so when they told him to run again he thought he had better listen to his family.

Napier: – Some poor sap is going to get badly beaten by Labour’s Stu Nash. Nash has the earliest campaign hoardings in living memory.

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The biggest issue facing middle NZ is…

So, we have just had the Labour party national conference and the biggest policy launched ahead of election year, a policy that middle New Zealand is clamouring out for, is introducing a state-owned provider for insurance?

Really? I mean really, seriously? This is it from Labour?

Why is it that in by-elections Labour roll out rinky-dink, half formed, ill-conceived policy ideas. In the Botany by-election it was GST off fruit and vegetables for example.

This conference was in Christchurch and there is a by-election so they roll out a state funded insurance company policy?

Are they really saying that the biggest thing concerning middle New Zealand is the price of their insurance?

Clayton Cosgrove is even more shameless than David Cunliffe. He announces that “”New Zealanders have seen their premiums rise by 30 percent over two years. They believe insurance companies are making money hand-over-fist.”

Did he stop to consider that insurance companies have just been cleaned out by hundreds of thousands of claims, caused not by government policy but rather two significant earthquakes in a region that no one ever thought would have an earthquake?  Premiums have risen for a large number of reasons…but rapacious greed on behalf of insurance companies isn’t one of them.   Read more »

Liam Dann on Cunliffe’s cunning plans

Liam Dann calls out Labour for their crazy policy announcement but notes that this is all part of Cunliffe’s cunning plan to hoodwink business.

The Labour Party under David Cunliffe already looks sharper than the David Shearer version when it comes to picking up on business and economic issues and turning them into ammunition for political attack.

A lot of these issues are complex and Labour seems happy to grab headlines with half-baked ideas that don’t bear serious scrutiny.

But that doesn’t really matter in the rough and tumble world of political point-scoring. Shearer’s more considered and generally more intelligent approach was getting the party nowhere. It is a shame that one Shearer’s biggest flaws was his tendency to think before he spoke.

Why waste time thinking – all that ever did was give the Greens a chance to get in first with a snappy soundbite? Cunliffe’s Labour Party certainly doesn’t.

While the strategy has seen them fall into line with the Bankers Association, the real estate industry and assorted fund managers, it does seem to be boosting their poll ratings.

So fair play to them – in modern politics it is smarter to play dumb.  Read more »

Labour’s Red Wedding

As the bloodshed continues Jane Clifton likens Labour’s blood-letting to the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones.

He has won, and won well. But the ever-culturally connecting Twittersphere is already looking forward to David Cunliffe’s “Red Wedding”: Tuesday’s caucus meeting.

As Game of Thrones followers know, the dreaded wedding was attended in good faith by rival kingdoms who thought they were invited in the spirit of reconciliation, but a striking number of guests were executed by the victor even before the bouquet-toss. Cunliffe will long have been calculating how many scalps he can take from among his caucus opponents, without perpetuating the deep divisions from which his party is suffering. He has already indicated senior roles for his two leadership rivals, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones, and for former leader David Shearer. But lust for caucus blood-spillage within the party appears pretty strong. If he doesn’t wreak vengeance, his supporters will be bitterly disappointed. Those identified as ABCs – Anyone But Cunliffe – are obviously on automatic notice. But it’s not that simple, as few of them are expendable. Beside Robertson, the ABC ranks have included top younger party talents Jacinda Adern and Chris Hipkins, along with respected former leader Phil Goff and popular frontbench veteran Annette King.

The smart money is on Cunliffe restricting utu to the least cuddly of his opponents: top of the demotion list, Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove. Clare Curran, who has for a second time caused fur to fly in the thick of an election campaign through injudicious blurts on social media, may join them in the dogbox.

Mallard has been knifed, as has Hipkins…what will happen to Cosgrove?

The older members may just shuffle off into the mists of time. They lost, end of story.

Of course they may just wait and watch to see of Cunners fails.

The need for blood

I am a firm believer in seeing blood in politics.

Winners need to show why they are in charge and losers need to know they aren’t.

To my mind David Cunliffe needs to knife someone very publicly and very hard, then line up the shocked survivors and ask who is to be next?

Then he can set about rigging selections and quietly getting rid of people in the way.

So who to knife?  Read more »

Is Cunliffe NZ’s Kevin Rudd?

Andrea Vance looks at David Cunliffe and whether or not he is our own version of Kevin Rudd.

It was the defining moment of the 2011 election campaign. Under the blinding heat of stage lights, the then Labour leader Phil Goff faltered as Prime Minister John Key goaded: “Show me the money.”

Key had identified a $14 billion hole in the Opposition’s bold plans to introduce a capital gains tax and make KiwiSaver compulsory, all while rebalancing the economy.

Floundering, Goff could only promise his finance spokesman would explain the costings at a later date. The leaders’ debate was lost to Key, and Labour’s campaign never really recovered from the impression they were pushing expensive, uncosted policies.

The party went on to suffer its worst defeat in decades. And in the minds of some MPs, one man was at least partly to blame: the numbers man, and former Cabinet minister, David Cunliffe.

The New Lynn MP claimed to be ill, at home that November night. But conspiracy theories mounted: some were convinced the ambitious Cunliffe had deliberately left his boss hanging.  Read more »