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Same sh*t different election

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, May 10th, 2015 - 164 comments

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The English Election campaign and the results felt like a rerun of the New Zealand 2014 election campaign.  Slick Crosby Textor designed attacks on Labour’s stability and on the leader and an imbalance of resources contributed to the result in both cases.  How does the left counter this?

How does #nzpol do on Facebook?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 10th, 2015 - 19 comments

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Feinstein Doak has a post up with the Top Political Facebook Posts of 2014, and the results are interesting.

Cunliffe to pull out?

Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, October 13th, 2014 - 154 comments

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Only a rumour at this stage…

Cunliffe’s statement

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, September 27th, 2014 - 280 comments

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Labour’s Council is currently meeting. David Cunliffe is expected to make a statement today at 2:30. It will be covered live by RNZ, 3 News and other outlets.  Update:  David Cunliffe has announced his resignation from the leader’s position but will contest the vacant leadership.  Get ready for a leadership contest …

A clear Cunliffe win

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 141 comments

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David Cunliffe’s performance in tonight’s head-to-head with John Key was exactly what I wanted to see from the next Labour Prime Minister of NZ.

The first head-to-head debate – tonight!

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, August 28th, 2014 - 315 comments

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The first head-to-head debate between David Cunliffe and John Key (tonight, 7pm, TV One) could be a real turning point of the election.

Kia Kaha

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, June 21st, 2014 - 132 comments

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David Cunliffe’s message to members and supporters (repost from email) It’s been a tough couple of days for everyone in Labour, but I have been greatly heartened by the messages of support that my Caucus and I have received from members and supporters. As I’ve stated in many media interviews over the last 24 hours, […]

At home with David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, May 12th, 2014 - 116 comments

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A really nice piece from Campbell Live tonight. It’s useful to see the leaders of political parties at home. It gives a better sense of who they are than the stage-managed set pieces and soundbites we usually see them though.

Dreams for kids

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, March 5th, 2014 - 12 comments

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On Children’s day Labour went out and asked people what their dreams for Kiwi kids were. David Cunliffe read some of the responses out in Parliament today.

David Cunliffe on the State of the Nation

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, January 22nd, 2014 - 185 comments

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Following your great response to Micky’s recent post David Cunliffe has got in touch about your comments, his policy, and his big speech on Monday.

Seasons greetings from David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 pm, December 24th, 2013 - 89 comments

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As we close the year I’d just like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season.

The right thing to do

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 pm, November 19th, 2013 - 23 comments

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David Cunliffe has pledged that the next Labour government will pay the court-ordered compensation owed to the families of the disaster’s victims, and will then recover the money from Pike’s shareholders. As he succinctly puts it – this is the right thing to do.

“The purists can weep”

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, November 3rd, 2013 - 105 comments

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Labour’s new KiwiAssure policy has been welcomed by John Armstrong as good politics. And it is. But it’s also good policy – at the same time we’ve got a government hell bent on making sure electricity profits flow to overseas investors, David Cunliffe’s policy is about giving Kiwi’s the ability to ensure that any money made from their insurance stays in the country and pays for hospitals, schools, and New Zealanders’ retirement.

Labour’s three factions

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, March 25th, 2013 - 346 comments

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It’s interesting how little understanding there is of the state and politics within the Parliamentary Labour Party. A lot of the coverage of Labour’s internal workings has tended to personalise the tension – it’s been focused on Shearer vs Cunliffe without any questions about what lies beneath.

Jones cleared

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 pm, March 12th, 2013 - 79 comments

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Well, cleared might be a slight exaggeration but he’s not going to have the police turn up on his doorstep and right now that’s good enough for a David Shearer who is worrying about the lack of brown faces in his top-team.

Brian Edwards on Shearer

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, January 30th, 2013 - 91 comments

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The macho posturing we’ve seen from David Shearer since conference never quite gelled with the Shearer I knew. I’d always thought of him as a nice guy out of his depth, so the public defaming of David Cunliffe and the ‘I’m in charge’ theatrics always jarred. Brian Edwards argues the confusion in the Shearer brand […]

Cunliffe rules out challenge

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, January 25th, 2013 - 81 comments

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Tucked away on the One News site last night was a report that David Cunliffe has ruled out challenging for the Labour leadership.

Leadership meeting – the outcome

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, November 20th, 2012 - 470 comments

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Shearer’s announcement is streaming live on 3 News at 5pm. Shearer has unanimous endorsement as leader. Cunliffe demoted, portfolios removed.

Some good vision

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, April 30th, 2012 - 251 comments

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David Cunliffe delivered a solid speech yesterday in New Lynn laying out some good thoughts on the state of New Zealand.

In it he’s been very clear on what’s happened to New Zealand. in the last thirty years.

2c on the leadership

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, December 12th, 2011 - 116 comments

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In the end it comes down to two questions.  Are the public looking for a good bloke, or are they looking for a compelling politician?  Which of the two can unite, motivate, and lead, the caucus and the wider party?

Questions for DS and DC

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, December 4th, 2011 - 82 comments

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What questions would you ask David Cunliffe, and why?  What questions would you ask David Shearer, and why?

Parker withdrawing

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, December 1st, 2011 - 312 comments

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David Parker has withdrawn from the leadership race of the Labour party according to Stuff. Predictably Kiwiblog, Stuff, and probably the other right-wing media fools are using this as an opportunity to hype up David Shearer as an easier opponent for John Key. It is not for nothing that David Farrar has “Fomenting Happy Mischief […]

The borrow and hope budget

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, May 19th, 2011 - 108 comments

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It’s only taken two and a half years of mismanagement and reckless tax cuts from to run the country  into a mountain of debt. How bad have they let things get, who will they make pay for their mistakes, and how rosy will the forecasts their plans hang on be? Rolling coverage through the day.

Updates: Plans for privatisation are set out.  Families hit harder than expected.

Re:Cunliffe re:me re:his speech

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, December 3rd, 2010 - 18 comments

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It was pretty cool that the next Finance Minister wrote a post about my post yesterday. Even if was to say I was dickishly misinterpreting him  😀 I’ve got a couple of points in reply but the biggest is why is Labour talking about (restrictive) privatisation and PPPs policies when there are much more important economic issues at hand?

Cunliffe’s bad politics

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, November 29th, 2010 - 166 comments

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By backing private public partnerships David Cunliffe has potentially given the government a free pass on privatisation – one of the biggest issues of the next election.

That’s bad policy and bad politics. I expected better from him.

Cunliffe hits the mark

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 1st, 2010 - 27 comments

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Just had a look at David Cunliffe on the Nation and was quite impressed.

Worth a look to see someone running a left economic argument well.

The Brash budget

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, May 22nd, 2010 - 17 comments

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Colin James makes a good point in his latest column which talks about the rightward shift this budget has created: Longer term, the Budget points to smaller government. Core spending is projected to fall from 35 per cent of GDP now to 28 per cent in the early 2020s. The last National leader to talk […]

Bold economic leadership… from the Opposition

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, May 6th, 2010 - 58 comments

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I’m glad to see Labour is stealing a march on the lazy Nats and building an alternative economic vision ahead of the Budget. It looks to be just the vision New Zealand needs, built on the twin planks of economic sovereignty and a fairer distribution of wealth.

On Gattung’s revisionist history of Telecom

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, March 5th, 2010 - 15 comments

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Over at Scoop, Gordon Campbell takes Theresa Gattung to task for her revisionist history of Telecom in the Dominion Post this morning.

More than anything, her latest outburst reveals her clanging naivety and complete inability to take personal responsibility for her failures.

Cunliffe slams English; English misleads House

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, February 25th, 2010 - 43 comments

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Today in the House David Cunliffe took Bill English on over his lies regarding Labour’s record on economic growth. Rather than admit that he had been using the wrong figures in an effort to make Labour’s record look worse, English compounded his sins by lying to the House.

Trev nails Tolley, other Lab MPs fail

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, February 24th, 2010 - 26 comments

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Success for Opposition frontbenchers largely consists of embarrassing their opposite number by forcing them to answer questions they would rather not. Labour showed both how to do that and how not to do it in the House yesterday.

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