Blood starts to flow, Mallard mortally wounded

Despite David Cunliffe’s promises that utu would not be sought the blood has already started to flow.

David Parker has been elected Labour’s deputy and Grant Robertson gifted Shadow Leader of the House leaving Trevor Mallard out in the cold

Labour leader David Cunliffe has announced that he will be asking finance spokesman David Parker to be his deputy leader.

There was speculation leadership rival Grant Robertson had been offered the position by Cunliffe.

Cunliffe said Robertson would be Labour’s leader of the House instead.

Robertson said it was a consensus decision.

Cunliffe would not confirm that he had offered the position to Robertson.

He would only say that he had “sounded out” Robertson on his preferences.

Robertson would not say either if Cunliffe had offered him the job, or if he would have taken the job if offered.

“I hadn’t made any decision about that. I had some good discussions with David yesterday.”

Robertson’s appointment as Leader of the House means Labour veteran Trevor Mallard has been demoted.

Mallard was expected to be in Cunliffe’s sights after being widely considered leader of the “Anyone But Cunliffe” – or ABC – club opposed to his leadership.

Caucus will vote on the deputy leadership this morning but are expected to endorse Parker unanimously.

All Cunliffe needs to do now is take Sport off Mallard and have chat with him that his career is over, that he will face a challenge, likely from Andrew Little in Hutt South and that they will stitch up the selection to ensure he is rinsed. Plus to really rub salt into the wounds allocate him as the senior citizens and disabilities spokesperson.

One thing is for sure, we know that Cunliffe is a liar. He said there wouldn’t be any utu and the blood started flowing immediately, first with Hipkins and now with Mallard. One can only imagine what sort of crap job is going to be given to Clare Curran.

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