Astonishing hypocrisy and sanctimony from David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe continues to astonish me with his stupidity.

This morning he has attacked the mere suggestion of a deal between National and the Conservative party, and at the same time maintaining his silence over the Internet Mana party deal.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has launched an attack on Conservative Party leader Colin Craig amid growing speculation of an electoral deal with National.

Prime Minister John Key told media this week he would be looking to make three deals to give minor-party candidates a chance at winning seats, and would announce them before the September 20 election.

It is widely understood one of those deals would be with Craig, who is set to announce this month the electorate he will be standing in.

Craig has already indicated his preference to stand in one of the northern Auckland electorates – East Coast Bays, which is held by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully; Upper Harbour, in which National is standing Social Development Minister Paula Bennett; and Rodney, which is held by National back-bench MP Mark Mitchell.

If National gave way for Craig to win a seat and the Conservative’s gained more than 1.2 per cent of the vote, an extra two MPs could be brought into Parliament to form a coalition with National.

Cunliffe today said the situation with Craig was a “strange turn of events”.

“I wonder whether the people of East Coast Bays like the fact that their choices are being taken away from them, that MMP is being manipulated and they’re being told they have to vote for somebody who basically thinks the earth is flat,” he said on Firstline.

“That is a very, very strange turn of events and I think it underwhelms public confidence in the MMP system.

“I also think the prime minister should be aware that something like 75 per cent of New Zealanders object to coat-tailing.   

“Labour is opposed to coat-tailing, we’ve got a bill in the House to end it, we’ve invited the Government to support the bill and so far they’ve declined. Now we see why – because they want to use coat-tailing to get fringe parties up into Parliament by gifting them a seat, most likely East Coast Bays.”

Which is all well and good but in order for him to be able to be prime minister he is likely to have to rely on the coat tailing of the Internet Mana party.

How come David Cunliffe does talk about his heartfelt concerns for the people of Te Tai Tokerau?

The man is a political charlatan.

Coat-tailing is the law, it is allowed and I don’t see why there is such a fuss when Labour has benefited from coat-tailing before with support from Jim Anderton and handed a free seat to the Greens in Coromandel.

David Cunliffe now needs to categorically rule out any deal or accommodation with the Internet Mana Party and that includes abstention deals and confidence and supply deals. If coattailing is so evil then he surely wouldn’t allow his government to be propped up by coattailers in any way shape or form.

And while he is at it perhaps he’d like to reveal who his secret donors are that he says he didn’t who they were, but asked them if they’d like to remain anonymous, and when they said no gave the money back to the donors he said he didn’t know who they were. I think we could get Cunliffe in a similar fashion to that which got John Banks given that information.


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