Soper on Cunliffe

Barry Soper gives David Cunliffe a truly terrible nickname…it may well stick, but not as much as Silent T does.

The trouble with Martin Luther Cunliffe is that he likes to be all things to all people.

The other trouble for him is that he’s never been forgiven for his disloyalty to the Dithering David Shearer and his latest action in sacking his campaign manager, for what was stating the bleedingly obvious, will further isolate him.

This is what Jenny Michie said: “It would be naive to imagine that there would be no resistance to a gay Prime Minister at this point. I think some people might have a problem with it, I don’t.”

There are a couple of things about the comment. She made it on a political show on telly before Martin Luther had grandly declared his candidacy for the top job. One would have thought then, he would have been aware of her views before he got her to manage his campaign.

And if that’s the case you’d have to ask a question about his sincerity in his so called zero tolerance for anyone who goes near the personal life of any candidate.

Freedom of speech clearly isn’t part of the Cunliffe lexicon.  

It was all a stunt to keep debate over Grant’s sexuality in the media for a few more days. What was more cunning about it was that Grant has played this card before, and it was Curran who played it again, except this time it backfired because Cunliffe knows the score with the public.

And anyway it would seem Cunliffe is out of touch with public opinion. A poll asking whether Robertson’s rainbow status would affect his chances of becoming Prime Minister, saw more than 58 percent saying it would, while 41 percent said it wouldn’t.

So rather than being sacked, Michie should have been praised for reading the public mood, an essential attribute for any political campaign manager!

To sack her now though is disingenuous, considering the campaign actually wrapped up last night. She’s served her worth, but unfortunately for the loquacious Cunliffe, she may have also served his political opponents.

She will be back, I’ll bet she will have a job by Tuesday….on Cunliffe’s staff.

And for those still considering Cunliffe as the leader to deliver them from all the Tory evil, they’d have to ask.

If he sacks someone for such a minor indiscretion, if it could be called that, then what would he be like if he was really in charge?

They’ve now got another four and a half days to consider that proposition!

The carnage will be awesome. No wonder Trevor Mallard skived off to San Francisco to leave Chris Hipkins to deal with the wrath of Cunliffe.


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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.

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