On election night and the day after Labour’s worst election result in more than 80 years David Cunliffe claimed that Labour has no money.
He was using that as an excuse for the loss.
What Cunliffe forgot is that the people most responsible for fundraising are firstly the leader. If people don’t like you then raising money is doubly hard. As we have seen 75% of the voting population decided to cast their votes elsewhere and that is due in a large part to the unlikeability of David Cunliffe.
Secondly the President and General Secretary are also responsible. My Labour sources, both inside Fraser House and in the wider party tell me that fundraising efforts were vetoed or blocked by Tim Barnett and/or Moira Coatsworth. At the same time they refused to fundraise themselves, thinking it was beneath them.
David Cunliffe has been dead set useless as Labour leader. He has managed to tank Labourâ€™s vote to an undeniably bad level.
One of the worst parts of Cunliffe’s leadership, just as it was with Phil Goff and David Shearerâ€™s leadership, is their inability to raise money.
Instead of working their guts out like Don Brash did to rebuild Nationalâ€™s war chest Cunliffe blames everyone else.Â Read more »