Corporate shill Matthew Hooton comments on the growing belief that David Cunliffe at beast talks out of both sides of his mouth and at worst is an inveterate liar.
Unless he lifts his standards, David Cunliffeâ€™s truthfulness risks becoming a major issue.
Politicians are usually believed to lie and often donâ€™t help themselves.
Under questioning in 2011, John Key claimed Standard & Poorâ€™s said a credit downgrade was more likely under Labour. But Standard & Poorâ€™s denied commenting on an individual party. Similarly, Mr Keyâ€™s off-the-cuff accounts of how he appointed his spy bossÂ stretch credibility.
However, when it comes to formal speeches and other written documents, politicians usually take extraordinary steps to ensure their truthfulness.
Under Jim Bolger, a staffer would take draft speeches around the Beehive requiring signatures against every sentence.
For Helen Clark, Heather Simpson checked every word personally.
Since then, on only a very few occasions have Mr Keyâ€™s staff had to clarify statements he has made at his weekly press conferences. I am unaware of any errors in his formal speeches.
Similarly â€“ despite prÃ©cising thousands of pages of detail â€“ there has never been an error in any of Bill Englishâ€™s five Budget speeches, nor in Michael Cullenâ€™s nine.
In contrast, David Cunliffe appears unable to accurately represent a fairly straightforward childrenâ€™s policy in his most high-profile speech of the year, instead struggling with the truth. Â Read more »