Ouch, arguably one of the best press editorials ever.
It completely dissects the opportunist that is David Cunliffe and his tailoring his message to whoever is standing in front of him.
Â Labour leader David Cunliffe perhaps scored one or two electoral points last week when he visited – in her damaged home – an 85-year-old widow who told him she had been “pushed from pillar to post” in her dealings with EQC.
The visit pulled on the right sort of heartstrings, at least with some of the correspondents on this page, and resulted in an admission from Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee that EQC and Fletcher had “dropped the ball” in her case.
Brownlee promised immediate action. That was a good result for the widow, Dot Boyd, and a minor publicity coup for Cunliffe.
Unfortunately, it was no substitute for a cohesive and well-articulated earthquake recovery policy from Labour, which continues to look lacklustre when it comes to explaining how it would handle the rebuild.
Cunliffe followed up his photo opportunity with a pledge to set up, if elected to Government, a $2 million fund to help individuals bring test cases against EQC and insurance companies, to “clarify the law, remove blockages and help get things moving”.
There is an immediate perception problem with the amount, which seems almost insignificant given the scale of the problem.
While Cunliffe talks of millions, the Government in election year is bound to keep repeating its mantra that it is funding $15 billion of a $40b rebuild.Â Read more »