Cunners makes a splash…well more of a drip really

David Cunliffe performs the miracle of fish and loaves to feed the starving masses

David Cunliffe performs the miracle of fish and loaves to feed the starving masses

David Cunliffe is way behind in the latest poll for preferred Prime Minister. I suspect that Labour won;t have got a bounce at all in the poll announced on one News tonight.

New Labour leader David Cunliffe remains well behind his opponent John Key as preferred prime minister though he has received a significant boost since his promotion, according to a new poll.

The poll by TVNZ’s Q and A programme showed Key had 42 per cent support, up one, while Cunliffe – who has only been in the position for one week – trailed well behind, on 12 per cent, up 10 points. 

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman remained unchanged on 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Cunliffe, who will announce his new shadow Cabinet tomorrow, told Q and A it was a “pretty good start, but there’s more work to do”.

He got lyrical when defending criticism that he and Parker, who are both upper middle-class white males, would not appeal to a broad enough demographic.

“We may be pale, we may be male, but I promise you we’re not going to be stale.”

God, that is so lame.

Colin James discussed Cunliffe’s new leadership on The Nation and makes the point that Cunliffe is the best one-liner in Labour since Mike Moore…probably have the same result too.

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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.