In the private sector padding your CV costs you your job

But do it when the leader of a political party? What happens?

I said a couple of days ago that after analysing hours of video of David Cunliffe I’d come to the conclusion that the man is a fake, he has a veneer of socialist credibility but it is paper thin and once the rough and tumble of realpolitik comes to bear that veneer is going to wear off.

And so it comes to pass…Cunliffe is a bullshitter who has padded his CV.

Community services claimed by David Cunliffe on his parliamentary biography have proved difficult to pin down.

Today, The Dominion Post takes a look at the early life of Labour’s new leader.

Gaps were identified over the course of the investigation in the “community activities” section of the curriculum vitae the New Lynn MP has posted on Parliament’s official website.

A spokesman for Mr Cunliffe confirmed his office had requested work at Auckland City Mission be removed from the webpage. He said it was a “mistake”.

“You’ll find if you go to the page it is already gone.”

Mr Cunliffe was now planning to refresh his biography, the spokesman said.

“Some of it is probably a bit old, and when he updates stuff now that he is leader, it will fall off the lists of stuff.”   

A bullshit answer for a bullshitter. His mis-truths go on…

Wellington City Mission was also contacted, as the New Lynn MP also cited work with its budgeting service on his CV.

Manager Jill Hilston said she has worked there 18 years and could not recall him. Mr Cunliffe’s spokesman said he gave budgetary advice in 1987 and 1989, some 10 years before he entered politics as the MP for Titirangi.

“He did it once a week, or once every second week.”

Or not…and the mis-truths go on…

Mr Cunliffe also claims to be a member of the Waitakere Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society. However, the spokesman admitted he is not a “current” member.

Committee member Chris Bindon was not aware he belonged to the branch.

“I can’t tell you the last time I saw him at a Forest & Bird event or meeting, I have to say. We have weekend field trips … but I have never seen him on one in my time. I’ve been on the committee since 1989.”

Is this guy another Aaron Gilmore?

It was also difficult to locate anyone who recalled him being a Public Service Association (PSA) official, during his time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Cunliffe was a diplomat for eight years, starting his career in Wellington, before postings in Australia and the United States.

His curriculum vitae said he was a union delegate for three years, between 1987 and 1990, and co-convener for a year. The PSA’s electronic records do not go back that far, and the union could not produce anyone who remembered his activities.

Bluster, bullshit, mis-truths…yep we’ve got another Gilmore-esque fantasist here…and he has conned the Labour party.

Massey University marketing expert Claire Robinson sat alongside him in the European division, and also could not remember his PSA representation.

“He remembers doing it and being involved in pay negotiations,” the spokesman insisted.

“He has a clear memory of it, but not clear enough to say who his co-convener was.”

and on it goes…has this man ever heard of false memory syndrome, because right now that is what it looks like he has.

A spokeswoman for Amnesty International confirmed Mr Cunliffe was a “supporter”, but could not give further details, citing privacy reasons.

More bullshit…David Cunliffe is Kevin Rudd without the charisma and now it turns out also without the impressive CV.

If you are prepared to lie about community service what are you NOT prepared to lie about.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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