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Cunliffe the Coward

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David Cunliffe has turned into a coward after a no show on Campbell Live.

Word on the street is that Matt McCarten pulled the pin late on Friday for the show to do a follow up of the successful BBQ at John Key’s beach house.

David Cunliffe is starting to look like a man under siege and on the run, just flinging out one liners that subsequently are proven to be false or misleading and not fronting for a more indepth look at his life.

If the man wants to be Prime Minister then he needs to start acting like one and not running from pre-organised and booked media appearances.

Perhaps though my commenters from last night are right, David Cunliffe has realised that a show inside his mansion would burst the bubble of carefully crafted hubris surrounding him as the every man down with the bros socialist, and the reality of voters seeing such a fake and obviously wealthy tosspot lording over us all while being frowned upon from afar by his stern and somewhat frumpy wife might have been a step too far.  Read more »

The Huddle

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Larry Williams was away last night and so the Huddle was with Susan Wood and Josie Pagani.

First up we’ve got the appointment of Deborah Manning to Cunliffe’s staff. She’ll be deputy chief of staff – clearly reporting to Matt McCarten. It’s an odd appointment from my perspective as she doesn’t look to have the political background you’d expect of someone in that senior position. But hey – I guess she and Cunliffe have a history – even if it’s as adversaries.

Then we’ve also got the police looking for more women to join the force – can’t say that they’re going to be able to attract more women even with a campaign…I mean the clients are oiks! It’s a difficult one to pitch to women as a long term career prospect.

Finally…It’s all about the royals and the way the visit has been embraced by the public. They have been cheered like rock stars with people turning up in the middle of the night to get vantage points. I would not have thought that average NZ would have been as enthusiastic as it has been about this tour. I am quite surprised by the level of interest and effort that’s gone into the crowds. Not to mention the fact that every time the Duke and Duchess step out the UK papers dedicate their front pages to the tour. All in all I’d say even if you’re not a fan – you can’t deny the publicity for NZ has been incredible.  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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Larry Williams is away tonight and so the Huddle will be with Susan Wood and Josie Pagani.

First up we’ve got the appointment of Deborah Manning to Cunliffe’s staff. She’ll be deputy chief of staff – clearly reporting to Matt McCarten. It’s an odd appointment from my perspective as she doesn’t look to have the political background you’d expect of someone in that senior position. But hey – I guess she and Cunliffe have a history – even if it’s as adversaries.

Then we’ve also got the police looking for more women to join the force – can’t say that they’re going to be able to attract more women even with a campaign…I mean the clients are oiks! It’s a difficult one to pitch to women as a long term career prospect.  Read more »

Explaining is losing

Not long after I posted last evening’s article on the Greens being slapped in the face by Labour once more, the War Room called for damage control

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Let’s recap

- Greens say:  “Hey Labour, want to co-brand this election?”

- Labour say:   “Naff off!  We haven’t wanted nor needed you stinky hippies in the past, we certainly don’t need you now”.   Read more »

Hey Clint! Will you start bashing the Greens now you work for Cunners?

Clint Smith aka James Henderson aka Steve Pierson, a blogger at The Standard and former green staffer has cut and run, poached by David Cunliffe to work for Labour.

Labour has had its own ”Hey Clint!” moment.

Leader David Cunliffe’s chief of staff Matt McCarten has confirmed the party has recruited the Green Party’s political and media adviser, Clint Smith, to beef up selling its economic message.

Smith, who had earlier worked for Labour before going across to the Greens, shot to prominence when, during a television interview, MP Gareth Hughes turned to him with a ”Hey Clint!” to check if the party was happy its power policy had put a dent in the Mighty River Power sale.  Read more »

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Labour declares war

Claire Trevett’s headline:

Cunliffe hones tactics in war room

War eh?

Does this mean that the 60% of the caucus and Labour Party members that don’t support David Cunliffe and the 70% of the voters that don’t support Labour are now officially the enemy?

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