No change in Labour Strategy: Take out gun, aim at National, shoot in foot

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It seems David Cunliffe’s CV padding chickens are starting to come home to roost.  Having claimed to be involved in setting up Fonterra appears to clash with the fact he was already an MP by then.

Andrea Vance reports on the Twitter stoush that followed Hooton’s claims this afternoon.

The work history of new Labour leader David Cunliffe has come under scrutiny after claims from National party-aligned lobbyist Matthew Hooton.

In an interview with Fairfax Media this weekend Cunliffe said that as a business consultant he had “helped with the formation of Fonterra”.

However, Hooton, who was a communications consultant working on the merger, angrily rejected this, saying: “That was untrue.”

“David Cunliffe had nothing to do with the foundation of Fonterra.”

Cunliffe responded to the allegations this morning by tweeting: “Bollocks.”

It’s a great start, isn’t it?  To be exposed as a total lying tosser a victim of mistakes and accidental embellishment…

An industry player close to the deal, who did not want to be named, said that BCG had carried out early work for the dairy board in 1998 around creating a single company and Cunliffe may have been involved in that.

But he said they were “shunted to one side” after that and were not involved in the 2000 talks. He said it was “embellishing” to say that Cunliffe was involved in the formation of Fonterra.

On Saturday, Fairfax Media revealed that Cunliffe had erased part of his curriculum vitae after a “mistake” involving volunteer work he claimed to have carried out for a homeless charity.

He asked for a reference to Auckland City Mission to be removed from the bio posted on Parliament’s official website.  He also claimed to be a member of the Waitakere Forest and Bird Protection Society, but a spokesman admitted this was not current.

We’ve seen how easily the man changes the story to suit the situation.  He does it instinctively.  If he doesn’t cut it out soon, it’ll be the end of him.  In fact, I’m not sure he’ll make it to the election.


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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.

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