He’s not the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy

Duncan Garner reckons that David Cunliffe has a messiah complex.

Heavens above.

Jesus is back.

Did you see David Cunliffe’s launch for the Labour leadership yesterday?

I reckon he suffers from a messiah syndrome or complex.

What’s that?

It’s a ‘state of mind in which the individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become, a saviour.’

And you saw all those traits on offer yesterday.  

It was an astonishingly colourful performance. What did he say? Here’s a sample:

“Our time is now.

I have taken this decision carefully after talking to colleagues, supporters and family. I have been very humbled by the response.

Their view is that I can bring together a party and a government that provides a strong, clear voice for fairness, inclusion and prosperity to be shared by all.

I believe that now is the right time to answer that call.

The Prime Minister should book a long holiday to Hawaii.

I am sick and tired of watching hope die in the eyes of our young.”

In short – this launch wasn’t the Kiwi way. It was the American way.

It lacked humility, judgement and the tone was over the top. But, it’s a clear sign that Cunliffe intends doing things differently – and he intends doing it with full noise.

He even had a dig at Helen Clark by saying the painting of himself on the wall wasn’t painted by him, nor signed by him. I’m not sure he realised he stepped on that landmine!

Nah, He’s not the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy.


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