Hipkins get run over by the Cunliffe bus

So the first lie of David Cunliffe‘s leadership is defined.

Despite telling Firstline this morning that his detractors would be untouched the first throat he has cut is that of Chris Hipkins.

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.

Radio New Zealand confirms the first knifing.

Trust David Cunliffe to tell the truth…sure can’t.

He has to honour promises. I predict that Cunliffe will put Moana Mackey and Iain Lees-Galloway as whips.

The word is that Hipkins will also lose his Education portfolio to Grant Robertson. Hekia Parata will be pleased with that development.

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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.