Cunliffe is acting really strange


Labour is in crisis tonight with leader David Cunliffe apparently refusing to give up the leadership, despite the party’s humiliating election defeat.

MPs emerged from a seven-hour-long caucus meeting at Parliament early this evening, with no comment from Mr Cunliffe. The gathering began this morning with Mr Cunliffe calling on them to vote him down so he could take them on.
“I will have my hat in the ring,” says Mr Cunliffe.
So as for Labour’s devastating loss, he says he won’t apologise.

Mr Cunliffe wants the Labour leadership to go back to a party-wide vote. There are only two ways of triggering that – either he resigns or there’s a vote of no confidence by his MPs. But he says he does not intend to resign. So, bizarrely, Mr Cunliffe wants his MPs to vote no confidence in him, which took a while to admit.

Observing Cunliffe over the last few days, I’ve started to form the opinion he’s got a personality disorder.  I’m no expert, so I can’t slap a label on it, but the man’s capacity to ignore reality and continue where no other person could possibly pretend there is any point in doing so is simply other-worldly.

Politicians are a breed apart anyway – imagine herding dozens of Type A personalities roughly in the same direction at any given time.  Helen Clark managed it, and mostly so does John Key.

But Cunliffe’s in his own reality distortion field.  Most people aren’t listening to him, lots are openly laughing and defying him, and yet he stands there like he’s some kind of … leader.   He isn’t, and he never will be, and the only way he keeps going is to pretend to himself that he is.

It’s bizarre.

Nowhere else in the (political) world does any party leader deliver a defeat unseen for close to century and then continues to behave as if someone forgot to put out the cat.

Skipper’s feeling good?

You bet!

– Patrick Gower, Tova O’Brien – TV3

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