Plenty of things David Cunliffe can’t do, crack jokes, discuss All Black winger prospects. But what he does is set pieces that rock the house like New Zealand hasn’t seen since Billy Graham toured New Zealand in 1959
No one had anything to fight about
Which paradoxically meant by Sunday the media had to turn from “conflict” stories to ‘content” stories. Labour has fresh policies that are making industries quake and rage.
The residual factions got crushed
The Te Pou boys tried to orchestrate against Nanaia Mahuta to be Maori Vice President, and whipped their teams as hard as they could… … and were resoundingly crushed 50 votes to 400
Fresh policy got launched that was progressive, populist and timely
Everyone got to say Booo Jerry Brownlee … and woohoo for Christchurch with a Labour Mayor, Labour ticket, Labour by-election, and Labour housing and development policy
Punters loved us again
Saturday night partying hard Cunliffe had hen night girls getting autographs and photos. Young strangers were pulling him aside with cranky ideas
The people ruled the party… … like democracy was supposed to work
…And caucus really figured out – nonplussed by the dazzling speech – that they work for us.