Tracy Watkins has an opinion piece today about “The Enigma of Cunliffe“.
The great enigma about David Cunliffe has always been how someone so smart managed to make so many enemies among his own colleagues.
He is by many accounts a caring boss and doesnât take himself so seriously that he canât laugh at himself.
The schemozzle surrounding the Labour leader in recent days probably helps explain the unease of those among his colleagues who opposed his leadership bid. Â Cunliffeâs biggest critics have always complained about a lack of self awareness as his potentially fatal flaw.
That is what causes him to swing from a caricature of himself as a gun-slinging troubleshooter to working class hero, who forgets along the way that he also lives in one of Aucklandâs swankiest suburbs, Herne Bay.
It may also be what lies at the root of his failure to realise the lack of transparency around donations to his leadership campaign and declaration of financial interests was a grenade waiting to go off.Â Read more »