The skipper’s feeling good…uh oh

Watching and listening to David Cunliife over the last few days I feel the need to share my observations.

His declarations of wanting to see John Key with his pants around his ankles and the silly metaphors about going to war meant that he hyped himself for a victory in the house yesterday and delivered a humiliating loss…when he sat down at the end he didn’t look pleased and his veneer was wearing thin.

Add to that his ridiculous way of speaking of himself in the third person and you have to wonder if this guy is all there. The silence from the left wing blogs after that spanking in parliament is telling.

“The skipper’s feeling good…I think the crew is up to the job, I think the game plan is very clear,” he said.

Then there are the stupid train metaphors.

“There’s a new train leaving the station,” he said. “I want everybody on it. It’s up to them, if they don’t wish to be on it there’s an honourable and dignified way of dealing with it.”

Yeah…and it looked like this after his first outing in parliament against John Key. 

Then there are his claims about “peace” breaking out…more bluster and lies from Cunliffe.

And while Mr Cunliffe can talk tough the reality is that he will also need to extend the olive branch and keep some of them in their jobs. He told a media conference “peace is breaking out all over the party”.

I wonder what Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins and Trevor Mallard think about that peace that is breaking out?

However it strikes me that Cunliffe is now re-adopting the ‘John Key is the devil’ strategy. Everything is about demonising John Key. A failed strategy Clark tried, the same failed strategy that Phil Goff tried and the same failed strategy that David Shearer tried.

Nonetheless it appears that is what they are going do. His chorus/caucus gaffe made me think though…does that make his ‘chorus’ this gang – oops no – they were backing Grant – and the campaign didn’t work the last time either.

The only thing I am worried about with David Cunliffe is that the fun won’t last until the next election.


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