Duncan Garner has been around politics for a long time, and he knows a charlatan when he sees one.
Labour Leader David Cunliffeâs apology for setting up a trust for his campaign donations baffles me. I can see why heâs done it. He wants the issue to go away. But it leaves just so many unanswered questions.
The big question for me is, who are the other donors? Is Kim Dotcom one? Or is it another fancy, wealthy businessman who is embarrassed to be linked to him? If not, who are the other two and why canât we know?
Whatâs Cunliffe hiding and why did he ever think this was acceptable? This is messy. Cunliffe has had an awful start to the year. He continues to be tripped up, while Shane Jones sails through making all the headlines.
Cunliffe has only apologised to lance the boil; heâs only done it because heâs been caught red-handed and embarrassed. So, who is the real David Cunliffe? And why did he set up the trust in the first place?
Trusts are set up to either hide something, protect something or to give people and donors anonymity. In politics, that always draws attention. What on earth was Cunliffe thinking when he agreed for the trust to be set-up? This trust wasnât set-up without his knowledge. He gave it the nod. Nothing happens in an MP’s life without their say-so.
As I said his apology is more than odd. He said: âI donât think in hindsight that a trust structure fully represented the values I would like to bring to this leadershipâ. That is weird and simply doesnât stack up. It looks like a fake apology to me. I actually donât believe him.
Values donât just appear issue by issue. Values and principles are things that guide you in your everyday life. Surely Cunliffe would have known by now if having a âtrustâ represented his values. And a trust structure completely represents who David Cunliffe is.
It might be against Labour values, but I simply donât believe itâs against David Cunliffeâs values. He has one for his family. Itâs on the Pecuniary Interests Register at Parliament: The âBozzieâ Family Trust.Â Read more »