David Cunliffe is on the back foot.
If you have to tell everyone you are working your butt off then most people will generally scoff at you and mock you for being a shirker.
People know when someone is working hard…they don’t have time to explain how it is that they are working hard.
Labour’s frontbench MPs gathered in Auckland yesterday, knowing some of them could be out of a job in two months if the downward slide is not arrested.
Senior sources yesterday confirmed caucus discipline was a key focus of the meeting, after recent headlines overshadowed party policy.
My Labour sources tell me The Cunliffe spent a considerable amount of time ringing around possible suspects conducting a witch hunt for the person who squealed to Fairfax.
The Sunday Star-Times yesterday reported an unnamed Labour Party source criticising Cunliffe’s decision to take time off so close to the election, to go skiing with his family in Queenstown.
Cunliffe yesterday rejected the complaint. “I work long hours with every ounce of energy that I can ever muster, and I took a last break before the election for a few days with my family.
“I was sick for two days and I had a three-day holiday skiing with my children and that is it. They probably won’t see much of me now before the election.”
He said the break had not been raised with him by any of his MPs. “There’s a general recognition that I work bloody hard, for 18-hour days and more.”
Oh dry your eyes! What a sooky-pants…boohoo I was sick doesn’t cut it. This is the big game now…take a Codral and soldier on. Â If he hadn’t apologised for being a man I would have suspected it was “man flu”. Read more »