Cunliffe still building his leadership potential

You may have seen a small comment from someone on Kiwiblog about the Cunliffe interview on RNZ. Here is my take on Cunliffe’s psoturing.

It is nothing more than additional big spending promises from Labour on top of their other big spending promises.

In the interview on Morning Report with David Cunliffe the points of note were:

  • Reminding listeners that the fresh fruit and vege GST gimmick is worth only $6 a week (at best) to households.
  • Claims Labour would raise the minimum wage ‘significantly’ ‘very quickly’. (If they were serious about this they had none long years to do something about it and never did and at what cost to employers and jobs?)
  • Says Labour’s tax changes would be worth $10 a week ‘within five years’. (Whoopee!)
  • Claims he has a fully costed set of policies (Yeah right!)

So, Labour’s looking at a maximum $16 by 2016 as a ‘down-payment’.  Notably, Mr Cunliffe doesn’t rule out more borrowing, but points to debt repayments ‘over the forecast period’.

We’re left none-the wiser about planned tax increases, extra borrowing, or how Labour would collect the mythical billions in taxes that ‘rich pricks’ are avoiding.

Perhaps this was all a cynical attempt to bolster Cunliffe’s fading leadership hopes.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.