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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  • Kimbo

    “Translation” – Labour is lost.

  • Dick Brown

    I agree this is political and economic blackmail but it can also be a useful tool in affecting positive change.

    This however, is not the case here. Cunliffe is the biggest sociopathic god complex dictator NZ has seen since Muldoon and will do anything and anyone in his path to get the Fuhrer position he desperately craves.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Except Lange was next cab off the rank for “the biggest sociopathic god complex dictator NZ has seen ” post Muldoon and Clarke followed him.
      Otherwise I agree with you!

      • AnonWgtn

        Lange was a loudmouth nutter – he had not changed since he worked in a London Insurance Company Accounts Department

  • Col

    I think Curryleaf has just understood he can’t rely on the Greens, as he knows they will cut his legs off. They both need each other but neither want each other.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Col – What could happen is Winnie the poo will refuse to work in a cabinet with Greens. So Curryleaf will be forced to dump Greens like the She Beast did and there will be Labour-NZ First-Mana minority government propped up the smelling hippy and the fat Tuatara from the sidelines…that will be a huge comedy….Russell Norman Finance Minister and Deputy PM, my foot.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    John Moon Armstrong has written a nice piece about John Key in the horrid. He says John Key has Curryleaf in his sight and he also says National’s internal polling shows that the numbers have bounced back in National’s favour. While this is good news, we need to wait for a major TV network poll to confirm this. All we have now is the Horrid poll and the Rogue Morgan polls (terms as highly respectable poll by a retard at the Stranded). Meanwhile aunty Mojo wants to create history by becoming the first deaf Minister in NZ….Greens are itching to get hold of the treasury coffers….

    • kehua

      Believe you me she would not be the first `deaf` Minister in Parliament, not by a long shot.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Great point!! I didn’t think of it :-)

  • Toryboy

    The problem could be solved in 5 minutes flat by simply disenfranchising everybody paying less than $20,000 in income taxes.

  • James Growley

    I can’t wait until the mongrel upsets the unions when his promises to them don’t materialise and they turn the funding tap off.

  • cows4me

    So the rules will no longer apply if the scumbag socialists gain power but you can bet they expect the right to play by the rules. Perhaps cunny should be reminded the that nasty piece of work, she beast, sign us up to many international conventions. One for example is this ETS fucking bullshit. When the Nats gained power they said they had no choice but to respect the contracts signed by the Labia Party. If the idiot cunny now believes the rules should be thrown out the window because of political convenience then anything goes. It’s fine with me you socialist git if you want to stack the game in your favour, just be aware you will reap what you sow.

    • kehua

      Yep watch for the `green` tax to come off fuel just before the Election and corresponding drops in ETS levies.

    • AnonWgtn

      Labour will dance to the Kelly Piper.

  • steve and monique

    The only pot at the end of the rainbow with labour, is a “crock of shit”

    • Whafe

      And a steaming crock of shit at that……

  • timemagazine

    The left is living in a fantasy land called Utopia. The rest of us are living in the real world.