Why does Labour hate Cunliffe?
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 1:51p.m.
Opinion by Political Editor Duncan Garner
The majority of Labour politicians clearly dislike David Cunliffe. With a passion. And with a serious degree of what now looks like hatred and mistrust.
That's become so very clear to me this year - but even clearer since I released our 3 News poll on Sunday night.
I suggested David Shearer might be rolled before the next election if he couldn't get his numbers up. And while not many in Labour denied that - they all said Cunliffe won't replace him. Over their dead bodies.
In fact, Labour MPs have openly joked with me that Cunliffe, who is away on a lengthy family holiday overseas, should stay there.
Two very senior MPs have told me they would like an internal travel fund set up to keep Cunliffe out of the country for as long as possible. How nasty is this caucus? He is clearly not missed.
But Cunliffe is not only disliked by his caucus - he is not trusted. So many have told me he never delivers on his promises and is sneaky and lazy.
Sources have told me Shearer was advised to demote him when he became Labour's leader, but Shearer resisted and said he wanted to work with Cunliffe.
That hasn't worked apparently - my sources tell me Shearer is deeply disappointed with Cunliffe and he feels let down. This relationship cannot last.
According to Shearer's sources, the Labour leader no longer trusts Cunliffe. That view is shared by the majority of the caucus.
In my view Cunliffe, despite his big brain and obvious talents, is being white-anted by this caucus. He will never be leader with this caucus.
I have no problem personally with Cunliffe. We have always got on. I couldn't really understand why they didn't opt for him. I do now.
He is not just disliked - he is actively campaigned against. He's probably hanging around to see if Shearer fails - and he'll have another go.
But perhaps he doesn't realise just how many of his colleagues are blocking his progress.
I can't see him being the leader of this party. Ever. You need friends in the Labour Party caucus to survive. Cunliffe can count his on one hand with ease - he may even have fingers left dangling.
If I was him I'd look for a new career. It's clear there is an impenetrable roadblock between him and his aim of being party leader.
And they all sit in the same room as he does. This hatred has largely stayed out of the mass media to date. But this is a story worth telling. This is not a collision course for Cunliffe. He and the caucus have already collided - and it's a big pile up.
The real question is - does he know how bad it is? And what will he do next?
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20/11/2012 4:08:38 p.m.
jill malloy wrote:
Have spoken to David Cunliff, seems approachable. Perhaps there is a hiden side to his nature. Always understood his views to be directed towards the left. Could this be the problem? Labour and National both appear similar.
3/11/2012 12:39:29 p.m.
Daniel Lang wrote:
I would vote for Cunliffe because I know he is ambitious and ambitious people have a way of getting things done. He wouldn't hum and har over every issue.
26/09/2012 10:20:26 a.m.
Claire Breen wrote:
Cunliffe is smart, articulate, experienced in the ways of the debating chamber , a good front man, so is this way of most labour parties, as in the EU, can't help tearing themselves apart? In their genes?
As much as I admire Shearer, the man, he is short on experience and needed more time before even thinking of leadership roles.
All the others are unknown quantities with no thanks to the MSM ignoring them. Their "Baby" John Key has them enthralled....up until now as he is self destructing through lack of ethics. Stop in-fighting Labour....the country needs a YOU.
18/09/2012 3:11:02 a.m.
Cynthia McConville wrote:
The people like him. It'stime Labour's leader was elected by the Labour Party and not tired old Labour Party politicians
3/09/2012 2:11:36 p.m.
Cunliffes admission that he still talks to toxic Helen would have lost Labour some seats last election. Labour needs to get back to grass roots support, hte workers n white collar. The marginalised feminists voter and gays need to take a back seat otherwise the labour party will be over taken by the green party by 2017. Party core supoprt is wanning so they need to focus on the swinging voters , especially the single, i bet the single voters made a large portion of the non voters lsat election. I was one.
26/08/2012 8:20:56 p.m.
No problem with Shearer but he's not yet ready to be leader - no vision of what we need. But Cunliffe has good intellect and a clear vision and can articulate both. If Mallard, Ardern, Parker, Robertson, don't like him that's fine - they have little if anything to contribute and I'm sure Cunliffe would waste no time in seeing them moved on and replaced by talent. n, they are finished.
26/08/2012 6:30:53 p.m.
Because labour has been taken over the the PC panty brigade. A workers party, more like a tuppaware party. A joke
25/08/2012 5:39:23 p.m.
ED the talking horse. wrote:
you have been in the game to long Duncan your really at heart a john key hack you have become that like your counterpart . it is funny just as labour were rising and key falling you and robin swung into action with blogs way out of left field to help key . i have never seen labour so united in opposition at least in public and you know nationals the same because its a lesson the nats tought them over the years . your claims of great internal fighting don't bare resemblance to any reality we see in public . unless its just pure propaganda intended to bias the voters thinking just at a time when national needed it most .
21/08/2012 5:29:43 p.m.
Who and what is David Shearer?
20/08/2012 2:31:37 p.m.
With the world waking up to leaders like Key who are still frantically trying to raise funds for the NWO via asset sales, Plus, I wonder how long it will take oppositions to feel safe to include some honesty & practical solutions NZs real problems. There is no money shortage only traitors.
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