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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  • GazzW

    It’s easy to spout rhetoric interspersed with personal insults to a partisan crowd. I would love to see Cunliffe go head to head in a debate with the PM but Cunliffe has neither the courage nor the personal charisma or political nous to do that. Cunliffe would be handed his balls on a silver platter in a very similar manner to the way that Campbell got his.

    • Kimbo

      Four words: –

      “Show me the money”

      And then when Cunliffe responds with CGT, and a Rich Prick Tax, Key shows he has command of the numbers, because Labour is really intending to empty the pockets of average Joe Punter.

      This is why Labour lost in 2008. Despite discontent merchant’s of the left stalking the land alleging the low-income live a Diceknsian nightmare, nothing has changed since Key was first elected. Other than we are coming out of the GFC in great shape, and National also had Chch on their watch.

      However, Labour is banking on the maxim, “You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter”.

      • mike

        Channelling Cunny here:
        “I make this commitment to you all, I can promise that by lunch time on our first day in office we will have implemented a policy of committing to look at some things we promised you we would commit to a year ago, but only if the circumstances allow us to look at them.”

        • Kimbo

          Yes, but as I have posted before, the words on the flat screen can’t match the steely look in his eye, the sexy 1000 yard stare, the inflection, and the gravitas and dramatic inflection in his voice akin to Lincoln issuing the Gettysburg address when Cunliffe actually says it

  • conwaycaptain

    Does he want to go back to the days of 60% income tax and any unemployment sopped up by Kiwi Rail, NZ Post, Govt Depts etc etc

    • GazzW

      Yes, and then some.

    • Bad__Cat

      Yes, hence Kiwi-Insure

  • Pete

    I haven’t read the details of his speach yet…in saying that, I doubt there will ever be any real detail! But his idea is to have a state run insurer?? So how would that work if say Wellington or Auckland was hit by a big earthquake??

    • Whanga_Cynic

      It would go under, just like AMI did.

      Or we would bail it out, more like!!

  • Tell me again about the average price of a house in Herne Bay, and the average salary that a managing partner of a large Auckland law firm would earn…

    David Cunliffe should be very careful about going down the “rich pricks” road, because he is one himself.

    • Molon Labe

      That he is…. Socialists they just don’t get irony and are such hypocrites :)

      “Well, Fitzgerald knew a thing or two. And I’m definitely functioning. As a good socialist, I’m going where the money is; as a good capitalist, I’m sticking with the revolution, because if you can’t beat it, spy on it! Don’t look like that, George. It’s the name of the game these days. You scratch my conscience, I’ll drive your Jag, right?

      Apologies to John Le Carre

      • Cadwallader

        Terrific!!!!

    • Salacious T Crumb

      Quite right KS and even if he wasn’t rich, he’d still be a prick.

  • Statehousekid

    Listen to the video, it really shows what silent T is all about. He is not interested in improving our standard of living or New Zealands wealth, he is all about being a Robin Hood by taking from the rich to give to the poor. This man will not be happy until all New Zealanders are the same old unmotivated bland mass drifting along like zombies with the government telling them how to live their lives. And guess what commissar silent T will be at the top living the highlife thinking up more ways to make sure New Zealanders remain unmotivated goal deficient losers.

    • rockape

      Sorry, in defence of Robin Hood a Fellow pom, He stole from the taxman to give to the poor. Cant say that of Labour who take from all to give to the Government!

  • Other_Andy

    Eight years of Helen Clark and Michael Cullen (“The cupboard is bare.”) almost drove New Zealand off the financial cliff.
    Both Clark and Cullen are moderates when compared to David Cunliffe and Russel Norman. If they ever get hold of the government (Labour-‘Green’) they will move New Zealand back 30 years.

    • Honcho

      Almost? It did, we were technically in a recession long before the US was with the global financial crisis.
      I find it funny that most of the ladders were pulled up not by national but by the boomers and early gen x, making the most of easy finance, and a LAQC company structure which allowed mum and dads to not only distance themselves personally from the properties they were snapping up in a frenzy but to get around paying Cullen’s rich prick top tax rate. The ladder was pulled up that high a decade ago under your watch cunliffe you prick.

  • metalnwood

    There is equal opportunity and then there is financial equality.

    A lazy shit has the same opportunities I have and if they don’t take those opportunities then they don’t deserve to be treated equally by taking some of my money and giving it to them.

    Most people talking like cunliffe who really believe what they say and have true conviction about it are not politicians. They work with charities or do humanitarian work. At least Shearer would have a bit more credibility about some of what he said.

  • Pete George

    Cunliffe’s most prominent policy is KiwiDivide.

    • Bad__Cat

      He’s taken a leaf out of Obama’s book; pretending to be inclusive, but spreading divisiveness, just for political gain.

  • Rodger T

    This weasel is fast replacing the useless Cullen as my most hated politician on the face of the planet.

  • Bryan

    labour lies and it didn’t work listen to the communist talk

  • Pita

    Intonation, it’s all about intonation… it’s not “the greasy little fella in the blue suit” rather “Da Greasy little fullah in da blu sooot!

  • rockape

    Its fine for the leader of a party to walk into conference and get a standing ovation. We expect that,it doesnt matter if its Labour,National the Greens or NZ First. What matters is when a leader walks into an opposition electorate and gets mobbed and pressed by the people. That will never happen to Cunliffe.
    Labour still still suffer from the illusion that if they get lots of cheers from the party faithful then they are on the right track to get elected,they are not. They have no appeal to the average worker anymore ,no appeal to the middle ground voter and thats why they are vulnerable.
    They say the press are biased, they are, but not the way Labour think. They like to get a story and silly policies,meaningless policies give the press a stick to beat you with. I notice thats happening more and more to Labours disadvantage.
    I totally agree that attack politics and the policy of trying to demean individuals is unlikely to bring success. I thought they might have learned that by now. Collins wears the title Crusher Collins with pride,the attacks on JK have sofar been rejected by voters he is popular and attacking a popular figure gets you knowere. Stick to attacking policies.
    It is going to be difficult as we get close to election time for Labour. Elections are won o attacks on past record or because the public see a need for change. Neither apply in the coming election.
    The alliance of Green and Labour look to be a challenge,but that will fade in the light of an election when the differences are shown and they vie for votes. The public will also see the LAB/Green monster for the damage it would do to the achievements hard won by National and Kiwis.
    I think Labour will do less well than they did in 2011.

  • rockape

    Its fine for the leader of a party to walk into conference and get a standing ovation. We expect that,it doesnt matter if its Labour,National the Greens or NZ First. What matters is when a leader walks into an opposition electorate and gets mobbed and pressed by the people. That will never happen to Cunliffe.
    Labour still still suffer from the illusion that if they get lots of cheers from the party faithful then they are on the right track to get elected,they are not. They have no appeal to the average worker anymore ,no appeal to the middle ground voter and thats why they are vulnerable.
    They say the press are biased, they are, but not the way Labour think. They like to get a story and silly policies,meaningless policies give the press a stick to beat you with. I notice thats happening more and more to Labours disadvantage.
    I totally agree that attack politics and the policy of trying to demean individuals is unlikely to bring success. I thought they might have learned that by now. Collins wears the title Crusher Collins with pride,the attacks on JK have sofar been rejected by voters he is popular and attacking a popular figure gets you knowere. Stick to attacking policies.
    It is going to be difficult as we get close to election time for Labour. Elections are won o attacks on past record or because the public see a need for change. Neither apply in the coming election.
    The alliance of Green and Labour look to be a challenge,but that will fade in the light of an election when the differences are shown and they vie for votes. The public will also see the LAB/Green monster for the damage it would do to the achievements hard won by National and Kiwis.
    I think Labour will do less well than they did in 2011.

  • Cadwallader

    Silent T is becoming as much of an embarrassment to NZ as Winston. He is nothing more than a shit fountain of irrelevancies.

    • opusx

      Sledge of the day.

  • Col

    Hi my name is Curryleaf I m have roast pork for dinner and a $60 bottle of wine to wash it down, this is Herne Bay.
    Hi I am the leader of the Labour Party I am having pork for dinner and a coke I don’t live in Herne Bay.
    2 Faced that’s your problem.

  • Tom

    You can’t build yourself up by tearing someone else down.

    I teach my 5 year old child that but Labour and co obviously had shit parents that didn’t teach them that.

  • Toryboy

    Why doesn’t Cunliffe stop using code words and just come out and say – “are you really going to vote for the dirty money grabbing Jewboy? haven’t you heard what Jews are like??”

    We all know that is what he means; we all know the socialists hate Jews and various ‘code words’ are used. It is very dishonest.

  • Kimbo

    Why doesn’t the nasty fellow he come out and say what he is really implying: –

    “John Key is a blood-sucking Jewish money-lender”.

    If you are going to be an anti-Semite, don’t mince around! Start organising the pogroms now.

  • Dave

    Interesting Bullshit spin in the Horrid today from McCarten, usual bullshit. I had to reply, seriously doubt they have the balls or inclination to publish any comment that disagrees with their political ideology….. So its here:

    Matthew. You forgot to hang your died hard Labour colours on this Christmas wish list. This is not reporting, or even Journalism, it is your personal Bias. Your use of space in the HOS denies the simple fact that National and John Key continue to GAIN popularity, and Cunnliffe is amongst the lowest polling Labour leader. Wishful thinking does not mean Santa will leave you the gifts on your Christmas list Matt. But, paying back the money you woe the NZ Taxpayer after the unite union you were running went broke might assist.

  • thor42

    Insults won’t run an economy, Cunners.
    E-minus. Must do better.

  • Michael J Wood

    Agreed there is no way that Cunliffe could slug it out with John Key – Cunliffe can’t even shut his own team up LOL

  • MrLastMinute

    Poor little Cunners – it’s not like he can fill his speaches with solid policy and a grand vision, Labour doesn’t have any of that. All he’s got to fall back on is giving JK a beat-up. NZ had enough negativity and politics of put-downs back when Chairman Helen got ousted, but it seems no one in Labour learned the lesson. Get some decent policies Dave, credibility might follow.

  • James Growley

    The cretin is a supercilious arse and I doubt if there is a genuine bone in his body. As for his insurance plan, he is going to need the Norman dog to get the presses rolling to underwrite it. What’s the bet that if there is a chance that a Labour, Green, Mana, NZ First etc., coalition will come to power, the mongrel will transfer every NZ dollar he owns offshore because he knows as well as you or I, the NZ dollar will be worth nothing if that happens.

  • timemagazine

    When the left is running out of ideas they start insulting their opponents.

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