The Blink Test, Ctd

In my con­tin­u­ing series about The Blink Test we look at the five poten­tial lead­ers for Labour after Phil Goff finally quits.

Today we check David Cunliffe against the Blink Test.

Photo: from The Listener

David Cunliffe is known by the unfortunately nickname, Silent T. There is a reason for this, and when people blink they think of a man who has worked hard to earn this nickname. Smarmy, arrogant and aloof are accusations leveled at Silent T.

Just because he has a Harvard education doesnt mean he can lord it over the peasants. The problem is he believes he can.

So Silent T fails the blink test.

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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.