After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin RuddÂ by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.
We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.
It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.
The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.
It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.
The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet toriesÂ and should actually be run from the partyÂ rather than emulated for their electoral success. Â Read more »
Quitting spots on popular Radio stations appears to have become a new sport amongst some women.
Several days ago I posted about Â the leaking skull Unite Union general secretary Robert Reid’s incoherent utterances about Israel:
â€śNew Zealand does have to have a stronger line, and makeâ€¦absolutely say that whatâ€™s happening in Gaza is just beyond the pale. I mean, 1500 people dead already, 9000 injured, people locked in as David Shearer said, basically an open air prison and just being bombed every day of the week since this campaignâ€™s been on. New Zealand has to step up and say more and part of saying more is to get over this thing about saying on one hand Israel, on one hand Hamas, the brutality, the war crimes that are happening are happening from the Israeli side and Israel has to be made to account for what is happeningâ€ťÂ
It seems pretty obvious where his uneducated diatribe is coming from, straight from the cranium of the Council of
Trade Terrorist Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly. Anyone that states that the war crimes are coming from one side and one side only has either been sitting in front of Al Jazeera all day or being fed misinformation from somebody else. Surely there has to be nothing more embarrassing in public than repeating something that someone else has told you that is patently wrong (think Winston Peters). Read more »
Helen Kelly and Andrew Little have completely stuffed Labour. This is a party which will never recover.
It will be doomed to the backwaters and is the new Alliance Party.
I give Labour another 3 more election cycles before it fades from history.
Here are some of the parallels
Unions got 20% of the vote to elect the Labour Leader
Total people belonging to unions in NZ (actually less than 20%)
Labour polls 20% Â Read more »
You can tell the election is nearing and the left is in trouble when Annette King and her cheerleader Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (their union in plain language) team up on RNZ to pour out co-ordinated criticisms with ridiculous claims of ponzi schemes, another novopay and â€ś crisisâ€ť.
Unions horror of a third term for the Nats has seen the Executive of the Association of Senior Drs (ASMS) under Mr Powell totally abandon any pretence of political independence or impartiality, and insert themselves into the CTU/PSA/ Labour/Green attack machine.
But I donâ€™t think their busy hardworking membership of Senior Doctors quite know this.
A – Helen Clark,Â personal donation
B – Don Pryde, EPMU president, on behalf of EPMU
C – Helen Kelly – CTU president,Â personal donation
Pick David Cunliffe's two "secret" donors!
- Don and Helen (B & C) (57%, 803 Votes)
- Helen and Helen (A & C) (25%, 358 Votes)
- Helen and Don (A & B) (18%, 248 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,409
You have to wonder why things like this get tweeted, it gives us a clear idea about the cosy relationship between the Labour party and the unions…not only do they command a strong vote in Labour’s leadership contests, but they are also paying well for that privilege.
Now Trevor Mallard is issuing instructions to his proxies in the union for voting come the election.
@helenkellyCTU with voting for 2 weeks b4 Election Day maybe unions can encourage members to vote early + together – maybe during lunchbreak
â€” Trevor Mallard (@TrevorMallard) May 18, 2014