Pale, Male and Stale line stolen from everywhere

Not content with making shit up in his CV, David Cunliffe is now stealing lines from the Aussie media. Here is Cunliffe yesterday.

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.”

Since Tony Abbott announced his cabinet line up the Aussie media has been baying the exact same lines

Readers unleashed hell on ”the men in blue ties”. James Lavercombe, of Pennant Hills, said the Australian population was at least 30 per cent non-Anglo-Celtic, 50 per cent female and 35 per cent non-Christian, ”which leaves the new frontbench looking very pale, male and stale”.

And the Guardian used it in the UK to describe Scottish political parties in 2012.

Could this be the last Scottish local election where the vast majority of councillors are “male, pale and stale“? After two academics again raised profound doubts about equality in city hall, Scotland‘s political parties insist they agree.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Tories admitted on Thursday that action was needed after two Edinburgh university academics disclosed – not for the first time – that fewer than one candidate in four on 3 May will be a woman.

Also from the US, in describing the GOP and Mitt Romney:

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart was “mystified” that Romney would go speak before a group of conservatives, given the chronic problems he had appealing to the GOP’s conservative wing during the presidential campaign.

“He’s not getting very many invitations, obviously,” said The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel. “It’s not just Mitt Romney. When you look at that lineup of those speaking at CPAC, you see a party in true disarray – discredited.”

Pale, male, and stale,” vanden Heuvel added.

Is this how David Cunliffe intends to lead Labour? With glib and stolen lines from other countries?


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