Promising the earth, moon and stars

David Cunliffe appears to do just that. Even if the EPMU hasn’t endorsed any candidate.

The contest remained wide open last night after the powerful Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union said it had decided not to endorse any of the three candidates, Shane Jones, David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson.

With the votes of Labour’s union affiliates counting for 20 per cent of the final leadership ballot, any endorsement by the unions would have probably decided the final ballot.

At the end of the article Cunliffe’s promises of the moon are delivered. 

Cunliffe said that he was going to deliver “the basics for families”.

“You know, it is easy for a politician to promise the earth, moon and stars. To say that everyone will have a job tomorrow and a living wage. That is what I want and I won’t settle for less.”

Sounds very much like he is promising the earth, moon and stars.

I wonder why he left out a double lock up garage, two Kiwi made eco-cars and one holiday per year paid for by the government?

Perhaps he is holding that back for later in the campaign?


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