About the only insult he left out was “the greasy little fella in the blue suit”

Yesterday David Cunliffe outlined vision for New Zealand and spent a fair bit of time attempting to sledge John Key. After last week saying that John Key would sell his mother…who is incidentally dead…he has decided to continue the nasty personal attacks in the mistaken belief that voters warm to that sort of nonsense.

We have all heard about our current prime minister’s own humble beginnings, his overseas success and his money trader’s fortune.

But in aspiration and core beliefs John Key and I could not be more different.

John Key and his colleagues grew up in same New Zealand I’ve just been talking about.

They personally benefited from these opportunities but now deny them to all but an elite few.

They are pulling the ladder up behind them. – and that’s just wrong.

I got into politics because I believe that all New Zealanders, regardless of background or circumstance, should have the same opportunities.

Only when we all do, will we unlock the boundless potential of this country and its people, creating a better, fairer, more inclusive society that works for all New Zealanders, not just a privileged few. 

He is channelling Ed Miliband’s words about the many vs the few…it doesn’t work in the UK and it isn;t working here…National enjoys poll ratings close to 50 percent…hardly governing for the few.

About the only thing he left out was calling John Key the “greasy little fella in the blue suit”.

All his speech was was a polished up version of this effort at Avondale…proving once again that Cunliffe talks out of both sides of his mouth.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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