Cats that look like David Cunliffe

November 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm by David Farrar

UPDATE: As expected has been sacked from the shadow cabinet, being removed from the front bench and his portfolios. David Shearer was unanimously backed in caucus and optimistically claims Labour is now totally united behind him. Never mind so many of his colleagues are keeping their position reserved for the real vote in February.

In tribute to the wonderful pre-election Cats that look like David Cunliffe page, here is the updated cat that looks like David Cunliffe following today’s caucus meeting.

We also have these photos taken just before the caucus meeting.

And the final photo was taken during the caucus meeting!

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27 Responses to “Cats that look like David Cunliffe”

  1. speters (108 comments) says:

    I thought it was widely expected that Shearer would take 100% of today’s vote all along? Will this really change anything come February?

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  2. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    Saddam got 100% of the vote too.

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  3. Yoza (1,678 comments) says:

    Bill makes a good point over at The Standard:

    “So let’s assume that Shearer fails to secure 60% +1 of caucus come February. That doesn’t automatically consign him to the annals of ex-Labour Party leaders. It’s a two step process. He wouldn’t become an ex-leader until and only if party members and affiliates failed to give him enough votes to continue.

    So failing a resignation after the caucus vote of non-confidence, Shearer would be running in order to not lose the leadership position. And he would presumably be running against David Cunliffe who would be running to win the position. Now, if it’s accurate to claim that Cunliffe enjoys the widespread support of the members and affiliates, then Cunliffe becomes the leader of the Labour Party come February.”…

    ‘..And even if Shearer resigned at that point (Why?), Robertson, in spite of any effort he may expend between now and February, is firmly and correctly seen as part and parcel of the whole shambolic Anything But Clever crew (formally known as the Anyone But Cunliffe clique) that has sought to thwart the exercise of greater democracy within the party.”

    This was more about a greater democratisation of the Labour party – if Cunliffe is the person the membership and affiliates want then he can make that move in Feburary.

    If anyone has come out of the latest leadership ‘vote’ debarcle smelling bad it is David Shearer and his ABC cronies.The internet looks set to kill the hierarchical nature of the traditional political parties the same way it is eroding the main stream media’s stranglehold on the dissemination of information. in fact the two phenomena are probably inextricably linked.

    A more democratic future would no doubt put the shits up any hierarchical grouping that seeks power in the interest of exercising that influence for the personal gratification of them and theirs.

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  4. jaba (2,096 comments) says:

    for weeks, maybe months, many of us had Shearer dead a buried with smarmy Silent T poised to enjoy a hostile takeover, how things can change

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  5. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    All those Shearer-ophiles should have a look at Brian Edwards’ take on this debacle.

    Watch out for next year’s SECRET leadership ballot!!

    Alice-in-Wonderland?

    Shearer-in-Blunderland more like!!

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  6. black paul (124 comments) says:

    Cunliffe does look like a cat, but that top picture is bloody offensive to animal lovers David.

    Not cool.

    [DPF: I think it is photoshopped. Chill]

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  7. lastmanstanding (1,241 comments) says:

    With a bit of luck this train wreck is gonna carry on allthru 2013 and into 2014. The Socialists are a party deeply divided. They have noone with the charisma and talent to unite the warring factions.
    What a debacle but great for us of the RIGHT. Now all we need is for JT to join up with Luigi and pledge to work with the Nats /MP/ the bouffant one and JK has a 3rd term.

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  8. kiwi in america (2,477 comments) says:

    Yoza
    Explaining is losing. Your comment is indicative of the open warfare that has broken out in Labour. Being once a Labour activist myself I can tell you this has but one outcome – electoral defeat – which suits us on right just fine! Keep it up!

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  9. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Lastmanstanding, how right you are. Mr Blunder, couldn’t even answer the questions tonight from the media, without stammering and stuttering. Mind you the Unions would of backed Mr Blunder Shearer, they know that they can control him. O:-) JK will be laughing.

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  10. Reid (16,111 comments) says:

    One of Shearer’s comments after the Caucus mtg tonight was that he was totally committed to the House Lotto policy.

    This tells me it’s his baby. He sees this I think as his ticket to success or failure and everything depends on him selling it and if he doesn’t, he’s history.

    The problem is, as stated by many in recent days, he’s looking at recapturing far-left Gween defectors rather than centrist Labour-National floaters which is what he needs. He’s desperate to get his ratings up but Labour-Gween defector’s won’t be swayed by this, and Labour-National floaters won’t either. The Gween defectors not only have the Gweens insulation policy to counter this but because most of them are in similar demographics as the National-Labour floaters, the Housing Lotto doesn’t touch most of them because they’re already home-owners. Unless Labour designs it so their kids win one. Which their left wing won’t allow.

    Oh dear.

    Time for bribe Mark II.

    I wonder what it will be?

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  11. David Garrett (6,786 comments) says:

    KIA: “+1″ is the correct device for “I agree with you completely” I think….Can you believe that Yoza chap is a man of 50? Extraordinary…but then the late unlamented (over here) Bill Andersen of the Norther Drivers Union sent to his grave saying it was “too early to tell” whether communism was going to work….

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    but that top picture is bloody offensive to animal lovers David.

    Not cool.

    that sums up so bloody much, more concerned about a tweaked photograph of a cat than anything thats going, dear oh dear

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  13. Reid (16,111 comments) says:

    saying it was “too early to tell” whether communism was going to work….

    David that comes from Zhou Enlai in 1949, who when asked about the impact of the French Revolution, answered, “It’s too soon to tell.”

    Communism is a long game. It’s about social engineering and it takes place of multiple generations. Two generations (40 years) isn’t long, but consider changes wrought in society since the sixties. There are many who argue we are already communist, just a glass-cage version of it and when you see things like the Orwellian states arise in UK, US, the bureaucracy in the EU which destroys sovereignty etc, all of which keeps on happening, despite opposition from principled conservatives, is it so far-fetched.

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  14. Yoza (1,678 comments) says:

    kiwi in america (1,780) Says:
    at 6:24 pm

    “Yoza
    Explaining is losing. Your comment is indicative of the open warfare that has broken out in Labour.”

    I’m not in the Labour party or ever going to vote for them again (I can’t speak for ‘Bill’ at The Standard, but from the communications I have had with him I suspect he is not a Labour supporter or likely to vote for them either). Last time I voted for Labour was in ’87 just before they sold Telecom – never again!.

    However,I am interested in the way a right leaning caucus, looks like it is going to have its authourity curbed by a more participatory decision making process and the conditions which led to the evolution of that process.

    David Garrett (2,928) Says: at 6:45 pm “Can you believe that Yoza chap is a man of 50?”

    43, but I’m not sure how this is relevant.

    Reid (12,325) Says: at 6:43 pm “The problem is, as stated by many in recent days, he’s looking at recapturing far-left Gween defectors rather than centrist Labour-National floaters which is what he needs. He’s desperate to get his ratings up but Labour-Gween defector’s won’t be swayed by this, and Labour-National floaters won’t either.”

    Something like 30% of eligible voters did not vote in the last election, if I were a party strategist for a left-wing political party looking for potential votes these would be the people I would be going after. I suspect, like the Republicans in the US, the National party is the group that gains the most from people staying away from the polls on election day.

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  15. Tautaioleua (292 comments) says:

    Cats have nine lives. Cunliffe will lead Labour come February.

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  16. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    The reliable cry of the vanquished; ‘we lost this one, but wait until the next.’

    Sure.

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  17. wat dabney (3,724 comments) says:

    I saw the gurning Cunliffe on the news over the weekend, thinking he was being canny and machiavellian by saying he was “refusing to speculate” about what he himself was going to do. That’s right: rather than saying “I’m not telling you what I’m going to do” he actually said that he was “not going to speculate” about his own actions. His “clever” answer just made him look like a complete nob-end.

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  18. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Last time I voted for Labour was in ’87 just before they sold Telecom – never again!.

    Yoza,

    You do realise that makes your view completely irrelevant to them, right???

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  19. burt (8,035 comments) says:

    Last time I voted for Labour was in ’87 just before they sold Telecom

    Yoza…

    The phone side of The Post Office was a shambles when it was sold…. State run monopolies are like any non state run monopoly… they just feel better to the sheeple to start with because the state runs them and it must be acting in our interest right… wrong – they are still a fricken monopoly and become self serving very quickly. When ‘Telecom’ was sold it was a disaster of a money pit for the tax payers…. thank Labour for selling it enabling competition to creep into the market…

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  20. questions (186 comments) says:

    Out of interest, I wonder how much money Cameron Slater has made from this whole beat up on iPredict?

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  21. Tom Jackson (2,529 comments) says:

    Communism is a long game. It’s about social engineering and it takes place of multiple generations.

    Given that the fundamental belief of Marxists is that economic relations determine social relations (although that is a crude way of stating it), your take on it seems back asswards. If a communist party has to start widespread cracking of heads and brainwashing people, that’s a sign that its mode of production is not sufficient to sustain a communist society.

    You would think that the world’s communists would have noticed that Marx said that communism would develop from the advanced capitalist economies and not from semi-feudal or podunk third-world nations like Russia, Cambodia or China.

    The odd thing is that it’s perfectly possible to be a committed communist and to cheer for capitalism. In fact, it would seem to be rational to do so. I guess that’s why the fourth Labour government were so gung ho about free markets. ;-)

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  22. questions (186 comments) says:

    Tom, I think you are referring to real communism, around here when someone says communism, they mean wack job nut case paranoid reds under the bed communism.

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  23. David Garrett (6,786 comments) says:

    Yoza: 43, 50….I just find it strange – and not a little sad – that someone over 30 is still totally convinced that communism is not only a wonderful idea, but that it will actually work! Did you ever go to East Berlin? Might have asked you that before…

    Even if you had, you would have been one of the totally deluded ones who STILL maintained it was the “anti fascist” barrier designed to keep the west out, despite the fact that you could cross over to the East without any trouble at all – but coming back was a very different story…

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  24. Yoza (1,678 comments) says:

    David Garrett (2,929) Says: at 6:10 am “Yoza: 43, 50….I just find it strange – and not a little sad – that someone over 30 is still totally convinced that communism is not only a wonderful idea, but that it will actually work!”

    Where have I endorsed the totalitarian system throughtout Eastern Europe during the Soviet era? I’ve said before I tilt more toward Libertarian Socialism, I don’t know what you are on about.

    bhudson (2,710) Says: at 10:28 pm

    “Yoza, You do realise that makes your view completely irrelevant to them, right???”

    So only people in the Labour party or prepared to vote for them should be allowed to comment on a thread about them on Kiwiblog. I’m guessing you must believe David Farrar must be going to vote for them as he started a thread about them, otherwise why would he as what he says is completely irrelevant, right???

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  25. Yoza (1,678 comments) says:

    burt (5,750) Says: at 11:21 pm

    “Yoza…The phone side of The Post Office was a shambles when it was sold…. “ Bullshit, I was working as a lineman at the time. During that time the system was changing from the old mechanical exchanges to the more modern electric exchanges. The older style exchanges and dial phones were more labour intensive to install and maintain.

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  26. burt (8,035 comments) says:

    Yoza

    You say above you are 43 – you were working as a linesman when Telecom was sold… Do you really mean; You were a pimply faced fresh employee in the big state run monopoly that though it was just marvellous while customers were constantly complaining… You had precious little worldly experience (approx 18 years old ????) to judge how well “Telecom” was operating but your boss told you they were fabulous and you had insufficient life experience to judge otherwise….

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  27. ChardonnayGuy (1,187 comments) says:

    I object. Most of those cats are far cuter than David Cunliffe.

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