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Labour has become an unmitigated disaster

Oh dear me…the commentators have all turned on labour and David Cunliffe. The Jones debacle has picked the scab of a rancid and pustulated sore that is the Labour party.

Andrew Dickens says:

I’m getting tired of asking ‘what is Labour thinking?’. But that’s what we’ve been saying all year long.

It’s time for them to be firing shots. The election is 20 weeks away, the budget just days away, and Labour is firing shots alright – right into their own feet.

Rajen Prasad’s stand on Nigella Lawson in the weekend was truly laughable. We can’t keep out a visitor without criminal conviction unless they represent truly objectionable viewpoints such as rappers praising gang rape or holocaust deniers. We can’t deny Nigella a visa unless we decide that she really does use too much butter. So it was a Don Quixote moment, except Nigella will never look like a windmill. The real story is that Rajen was not under control. Matt McCarten seems to have lost his legs, just like Benji Marshall – the game line is safe.

Then there was Andrew Little’s outrage yesterday that Wanaka worked over Easter weekend. Labour says they’re all about jobs, but they’re not when they say that when 25,000 people visit town no-one is allowed to profit from it due to an antiquated law. Wanaka jobs are dependent on snow and the Warbirds. They wanted to make money, they wanted jobs so I don’t get what Andrew is on about. When the workers want to work and when the work is there, they work and you let them. That’s called supporting workers Mr Little. I didn’t hear anyone from Wanaka moaning about working when they flouted the law and made hay.

So another week of more gaffes, more overthinking. It’s a weekly wonder. And before all you Labour supporters start thinking I’m some sort of Tory cheerleader, there’s Shane Jones.

Has there ever been a clearer example of a rat leaving the sinking ship than Shane? Last year he charged for the Labour leadership. This year he’s leaving to be a salary boy, jacked up by Murray McCully no less. He’s given up. He can’t see a Cabinet job on the government benches so he’s off to make hay. Can’t say I blame him!

So Labour has lost its mojo. It doesn’t even know how to spell mojo. There’s something deeply wrong. After two terms out of office, they should not be this far out of the race this close to an election. It’s sad.

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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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