Cunliffe starts to back pedal as reality bites

Now that the euphoria of having become Labour Party leader has worn off a bit, David Cunliffe has realised that he needs to start acting like a PM in waiting.  That means he can no longer promise everyone everything, and neither can he promise to ban, cancel or reverse everything National as done.

Ann Gibson writes

A senior equities analyst has raised questions about Labour potentially scrapping SkyCity Entertainment Group’s $402 million convention centre.

Nachi Moghe of Morningstar Research in Auckland cited the topic, following reports of Labour leader David Cunliffe coming under pressure to reveal whether a Labour-led Government would scrap National’s pokies-for-convention-centre deal with SkyCity.

Cunliffe would not confirm that Labour would change the legislation.

Of course, that’s all that is needed.  The subtlety of uncertainty.  

The Herald has reported that Labour’s view on the bill, included in the commerce committee’s report, noted advice from officials that the legislation – including provisions for SkyCity to be compensated if any regulatory concessions were removed – could be amended in future.

The report also says Labour MPs “reserve the right to change the law when in government”.

The Left have really taken to acts of economic sabotage and blackmail over the last year.

Instead of stunts, they now appear to be part of the regular bag of tricks.

Although there is no doubt in my mind that the electorate will eventually punish them for this, the damage that it does until then will be quite significant.


Source:  That  nice Ann Gibson from the NZ Herald, with additional reporting by Cam Slater

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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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.