Are the NZ Herald still in denial over Labour’s leadership change?
David Shearer tried the squeezed middle and look where it got him…now it looks like Ed Miliband is trying to channel David Cunliffe in a solid lurch to the left.
Before Labour conference began Ed Miliband’s aides assembled for a meeting to map out their conference strategy. It went something like this. “We could talk about the Squeezed Middle.” “Nah. Much too 2011.” How about “One Nation?” “Duh. Of course. But we can’t just keep banging on about that all week. We tried last year and look where it’s got us.” “OK. Look, I know this may be a bit left-field, but why don’t we use conference to evoke the memory of the dear departed leader Enver Hoxha, first secretary of the Labour Party of Albania, and one of history’s strongest adherents to antirevisionist Marxist Leninism?” “Like it. Bound to go down a bomb with the focus groups.”
So similar it isn’t funny.
Ed Miliband believes he has discovered why his party is struggling to connect with the voters of Britain. He’s not socialist enough. Or more accurately, he’s not being clear enough about just how much of a socialist he is.
He’s been dropping some heavy hints, of course. Flirting with renationalising the railways. Taxing people who live in mansions. Pledging to hang, draw and quarter all those bankers. Read more »
Despite the terrible spin of Labour fanboi Corin Dann, Labour ‘s modest 1 point increase in the latest OneNews/Colmar Brunton poll shows that the wall to wall coverage of the Labour party barely made a dent. You could almost hear the disappointment in Dann’s voice.
The election of David Cunliffe barely caused a ripple…in fact it could be argued that Labour went up after a month of being leader-less. The increase like National’s is within the margin of error and you’d have to say that nothing has changed despite the best spin from Dann.
Labour’s decision to hold an election for its new leader appears to have gone down well enough with voters in the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll.
Labour is up one point to 34%, with new leader David Cunliffe making a strong entry into the preferred prime minister stakes. Read more »
— Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanatorz) September 19, 2013
It is pretty funny too… Read more »
I was watching David Shearer in Parliament today.
I don’t think he’s a very happy camper at the moment.
Judge the body language for yourself.
The last person who declared that peace was breaking out has forever been ridiculed throughout history for his silly claims.
David Cunliffe has claimed that peace is breaking out in Labour…and that they were going on a war footing. Silly stuff really, and the sort of rhetoric we are all going to get sick of hearing, especially when it is bollocks.
If the information flowing to my tipline is an indicator then they have never been more at war…with each other.
Are the cracks already showing in Labour’s new-found unity?
The rank and file may have spoken in overwhelmingly backing David Cunliffe as the new leader – but the jury is still out on whether the caucus faction that backed his rival Grant Robertson has accepted the verdict.
The best start to Mr Cunliffe’s week would have been appearing with Mr Robertson at his side yesterday as his new deputy.
Instead, that job went to finance spokesman David Parker. That left Mr Cunliffe and Mr Robertson fumbling over explanations as to whether the job was ever offered, or would have been accepted if offered. Read more »
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.
Watching and listening to David Cunliife over the last few days I feel the need to share my observations.
His declarations of wanting to see John Key with his pants around his ankles and the silly metaphors about going to war meant that he hyped himself for a victory in the house yesterday and delivered a humiliating loss…when he sat down at the end he didn’t look pleased and his veneer was wearing thin.
Add to that his ridiculous way of speaking of himself in the third person and you have to wonder if this guy is all there. The silence from the left wing blogs after that spanking in parliament is telling.
“The skipper’s feeling good…I think the crew is up to the job, I think the game plan is very clear,” he said.
Then there are the stupid train metaphors.
“There’s a new train leaving the station,” he said. “I want everybody on it. It’s up to them, if they don’t wish to be on it there’s an honourable and dignified way of dealing with it.”
Yeah…and it looked like this after his first outing in parliament against John Key. Read more »
Question 1 was a let down…David Cunliffe said he would pants down John Key and in the end we never got see even a hint of his y-fronts.
Cunliffe’s supporters will be wondering just exactly what has happened.