Cunliffe is such a tool….
He gets skewered on Radio Live for his invented convention about the Royal visit – then gets sprung for being unable to do simple addition:
DAVID CUNLIFFE: Look I welcome the royal visit. I’m sure New Zealanders will. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George of course will be a much loved feature on our landscape. While we just need to make sure and it’s the Government’s decision, not the palace’s that appropriate distances are kept between the visit and the election.
MARCUS LUSH: So you think it’s wrong for them to be coming here during election year?
DAVID CUNLIFFE: No, not during election year. As long as the normal protocols are observed in terms of space between the visit and the election.
MARCUS LUSH: Okay, so how long has that got to be?
DAVID CUNLIFFE: It’s been about eight months which would imply that the election date will be at the normal time. I think once – the closest that we could find through a historical scan was sort of five or six, but eight’s more normal.
MARCUS LUSH: So you’ve changed your mind on this one?
DAVID CUNLIFFE: No, no, I’ve always said I welcome the visit and welcome the Royals here. They’ll be very popular and Kiwis have every right to see them.
MARCUS LUSH: Although I can’t see – I mean you can’t really do eight months because if they here in March/April that comes to December for the election doesn’t it?
DAVID CUNLIFFE: Yeah well it kind of implies if there’s a royal visit in April that the election will be at the normal time but let’s wait and see.
So first of all, there is no protocol of 8 months between a Royal visit and an election. ¬†That’s just pulled out of thin air. ¬† But hes picked 8 months, so late March/April plus eight puts us in December.
And having elections in December is not normal.
If Cunliffe doesn’t stop making stuff up along the way, we’re in for a fun ride.
Perhaps Matt McCarten should do all of Cunliffe’s media appearances as well. ¬†The man is truly awful.