Who is New Zealand’s Kevin Rudd?

Duncan Garner is exacting revenge at the moment.

Yesterday he gave his detractors a larrup, and also commented on the #Laboursgottalent contenders.

Grant Robertson:

The anti-Cunliffe people will fall in behind Robertson – and make no mistake Robertson believes his time has come. I met him recently and asked him if he wants to lead the party and the country. His answer was yes. Good on him. He knows what he wants.

He is a great debater. A likeable bloke – he loves his rugby, his soccer, a drink, a chat and his husband, Alf – another good bloke.

I used to joke with Grant, that he was ‘almost perfect’ – he got the joke – and I hope no one is offended by it.

Being gay shouldn’t count against Robertson – I hope it doesn’t, but it will come into the spotlight.

Can a gay man from Wellington beat Key in the provinces?

Can a gay Wellington man beat Key in Auckland? 

That will come into people’s considerations as Labour members gather to vote.

David Cunliffe:

A smart bloke, a bright man, an intellectual man – an odd man – who is seriously disliked by some. Is he the Kevin Rudd of NZ politics? Sometimes I think he is.

I cannot repeat the words in this column that some Labour MPs use to describe him. But this is his time. It’s now or never for Cunliffe.

These opportunities rarely come up. Both men could do the job in my view.

Both men are flawed:

The weaknesses?

Robertson might not be embraced by enough New Zealanders to get Labour across the line.

And the public might tire of Cunliffe quickly if they see what Labour MPs have seen for the last few years.

So the fight begins.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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