Cunliffe a loser already, too gutless to knife anyone

David Cunliffe has shown his cowardice already. He says he won’t take any punitive action.

The man is a fool if he thinks the party is unified as a result of his election. The fact that he won’t gut Trevor Mallard like a trout will just embolden Mallard. Yet again he has got away with being a disloyal head kicker.

Freshly minted Labour Party leader David Cunliffe says he won’t be taking punitive action against caucus colleagues who voted for leadership rival Grant Robertson.

Mr Cunliffe took the top job in the party yesterday, following a two-week primary which saw him face off against Mr Robertson and Shane Jones.

In the end Mr Cunliffe’s victory was decisive, thanks to overwhelming support from party members and affiliated unions. He failed to win over a majority of MPs however, falling two votes behind Mr Robertson.

Mr Cunliffe says despite this, the Labour caucus is united behind him and focused on next year’s general election. 

“Whatever people’s views were – and people are absolutely entitled to a range of views – that was then, this is now,” he says on Firstline this morning.

“We are united team, we are going forward. We are going to beat National in next year’s election and we are going to change this country to give everybody a fair go and a fair share. That’s what this is about.”

Yeah right. They said all this under Goff, and then under Shearer. United? Bullshit.

He says Labour is a “meritocracy”, and a vote will be held for key positions such as deputy and chief whip tomorrow, with a full front bench reshuffle revealed by this time next week. Members of the so-called ABCs – ‘Anyone But Cunliffe’ – have nothing to fear.

This is going to be one set of rules for all. I want every single colleague on the train. The train is leaving the station and we get one shot at this.”

Cunliffe says “it is a meritocracy” from the party that promotes equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity.

How is “a meritocracy” going to gel with #manban?

Nice metaphor about all being on the same train, pity it is on the wrong track.


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