Did you know that since Trevor Mallard and Steven Joyce have been in San Francisco Emirates Team New Zealand hasn’t won a race.
The last race they won was when Amy Adams was in San Francisco…I think there needs to be a swap out of troughing politicians.Comment On This Article
Things are pretty bad in Trevor Mallard’s life right now…so much so he is extending his taxpayer funded junket in San Francisco in order to avoid coming home to face the music the humiliating requirement to kiss the ring of the guy who’s running the show now.
However getting mocked by Rachel Glucina has to be pretty bad.
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Also there, somewhere, is Trevor Mallard. We know he’s in San Fran because he booked an open ticket. The taxpayer-funded spectator told Breakfast this week, “I’d like to see the Cup concluded before I come home.” Who wouldn’t? Seems he’s keen to play the postponement card. Coming home is not enticing, with arch-nemesis David Cunliffe in power wielding a demotion wand.
Mallard, who lost his role as shadow leader of the House, was spotted out on the Team NZ chase boat this week in his Lycra cycling gear, but back here, political hacks say he’s screening calls and won’t return messages. “To paraphrase Otis, he’s sittin’ on the dock of the bay wastin’ time,” one chortled. (more…)
The last person who declared that peace was breaking out has forever been ridiculed throughout history for his silly claims.
David Cunliffe has claimed that peace is breaking out in Labour…and that they were going on a war footing. Silly stuff really, and the sort of rhetoric we are all going to get sick of hearing, especially when it is bollocks.
If the information flowing to my tipline is an indicator then they have never been more at war…with each other.
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Are the cracks already showing in Labour’s new-found unity?
The rank and file may have spoken in overwhelmingly backing David Cunliffe as the new leader – but the jury is still out on whether the caucus faction that backed his rival Grant Robertson has accepted the verdict.
The best start to Mr Cunliffe’s week would have been appearing with Mr Robertson at his side yesterday as his new deputy.
Instead, that job went to finance spokesman David Parker. That left Mr Cunliffe and Mr Robertson fumbling over explanations as to whether the job was ever offered, or would have been accepted if offered. (more…)
He has won, and won well. But the ever-culturally connecting Twittersphere is already looking forward to David Cunliffe’s “Red Wedding”: Tuesday’s caucus meeting.
As Game of Thrones followers know, the dreaded wedding was attended in good faith by rival kingdoms who thought they were invited in the spirit of reconciliation, but a striking number of guests were executed by the victor even before the bouquet-toss. Cunliffe will long have been calculating how many scalps he can take from among his caucus opponents, without perpetuating the deep divisions from which his party is suffering. He has already indicated senior roles for his two leadership rivals, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones, and for former leader David Shearer. But lust for caucus blood-spillage within the party appears pretty strong. If he doesn’t wreak vengeance, his supporters will be bitterly disappointed. Those identified as ABCs – Anyone But Cunliffe – are obviously on automatic notice. But it’s not that simple, as few of them are expendable. Beside Robertson, the ABC ranks have included top younger party talents Jacinda Adern and Chris Hipkins, along with respected former leader Phil Goff and popular frontbench veteran Annette King.
The smart money is on Cunliffe restricting utu to the least cuddly of his opponents: top of the demotion list, Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove. Clare Curran, who has for a second time caused fur to fly in the thick of an election campaign through injudicious blurts on social media, may join them in the dogbox.
Mallard has been knifed, as has Hipkins…what will happen to Cosgrove?
The older members may just shuffle off into the mists of time. They lost, end of story.
Of course they may just wait and watch to see of Cunners fails.
Watching and listening to David Cunliife over the last few days I feel the need to share my observations.
His declarations of wanting to see John Key with his pants around his ankles and the silly metaphors about going to war meant that he hyped himself for a victory in the house yesterday and delivered a humiliating loss…when he sat down at the end he didn’t look pleased and his veneer was wearing thin.
Add to that his ridiculous way of speaking of himself in the third person and you have to wonder if this guy is all there. The silence from the left wing blogs after that spanking in parliament is telling.
“The skipper’s feeling good…I think the crew is up to the job, I think the game plan is very clear,” he said.
Then there are the stupid train metaphors.
“There’s a new train leaving the station,” he said. “I want everybody on it. It’s up to them, if they don’t wish to be on it there’s an honourable and dignified way of dealing with it.”
Yeah…and it looked like this after his first outing in parliament against John Key. (more…)Comment On This Article
Despite David Cunliffe’s promises that utu would not be sought the blood has already started to flow.
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Cunliffe told Mallard ‘don’t come Monday’ by voicemail . Mallard on junket in San Francisco.
— Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) September 16, 2013