Poses

November 9th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

A profile by Guyon Espiner on David Cunliffe has this photo.

A reader sent in the above link, along with this photo below:

Heh.

 

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31 Responses to “Poses”

  1. ben (2,380 comments) says:

    Heh had that exact same thought when I saw that pic.

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  2. Redbaiter (9,122 comments) says:

    When the Labour Party rids itself of all of such pretentious posing pain in the arse latte liberals and returns to its working class roots it just might become of more political worth than a pinch of goat shit.

    Andrew Little and Damien O’Connor for the leadership.

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  3. YesWeDid (1,048 comments) says:

    That’s our next Prime Minister right there (in the top photo), when the Labour party wake up to the fact Shearer is a nice guy but does not have what it takes.

    Cunliffe as PM with Norman as deputy, coming to you sometime around November 2014.

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  4. Nookin (3,360 comments) says:

    Typo there DPF.
    You mean “Posers”!

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  5. Redbaiter (9,122 comments) says:

    Actually, I ‘d had a rethink.

    Forget Little and O’Connor.

    David Brent playing the role he played in “The Office” would fit in perfectly with the pretentious officious do-gooding spend-other-people’s-money limp-wristed chattering class at Labour HQ.

    And unlike Shearer, he’d probably give that other comedian John Key a real run for his money.

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  6. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Wasn’t David Brent the role, and Ricky Gervais the player? ;-)

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  7. Manolo (13,839 comments) says:

    Cunliffe as PM with Norman as deputy, coming to you sometime around November 2014.

    As nightmarish as it sounds, given the dismal Key and Labour lite’s performance of late, this could be tragic fate awaiting New Zealand.

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  8. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    MMM, looks like he’s returning to his roots ala the second pic. Last night he was sporting a hairy dial.

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  9. Redbaiter (9,122 comments) says:

    “Wasn’t David Brent the role, and Ricky Gervais the player?”

    Wow, after five thousand futile attempts, you finally score a really telling point.

    So well done…!!!

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  10. Redbaiter (9,122 comments) says:

    Come to think of it, Brent/ Gervais from “The Office” would probably fit in just as well at National.

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  11. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    If Silent T is the Ricky Gervais of the Labour Party, does that make Shearer the Karl Pilkington?

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  12. tamati (75 comments) says:

    Certainly not the most flattering write up by Guyon. Basically says, he’s and arrogant prick!

    The irony is he would probably be a very good CEO or someting, but never in a million years, will the New Zealand public embrace this guy.

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  13. jaba (2,143 comments) says:

    I see the beard is back

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  14. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    That’s great. Even Cunliffe will laugh.

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  15. hj (7,033 comments) says:

    Chris Trotter:
    ““BLOODY IMMIGRANTS, taking our jobs, shouldn’t be allowed!” That’s how conservative working-class voters, sharing a jug at the Hornby Working Men’s Club, might’ve put it. But their analysis, for all its pith and honesty, would’ve been wrong. Immigrants have become an indispensable component of the New Zealand labour market. Without them our economy would stall. It was David Shearer’s duty to explain that. As leader of the Labour Party his role is to counter ignorance with facts, and prejudice with values. In Christchurch last week he did neither.”

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/search?updated-max=2012-10-30T10:24:00%2B13:00&max-results=7

    Chris Laidlaw
    Announces with obvious disapproval at the beginning of the program that immigrants are [sigh] being blamed [sigh] for taking jobs.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2536840/down-the-list-for-28-october-2012.asx

    Now do a search for Greg Clydesdale and growing pains and see the sustained attack from the elite (loaves and fishes) left………

    voila!

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  16. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Gay shirt Dave…what a cherry..

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  17. Steve (North Shore) (4,565 comments) says:

    Chardonay Socialist – that’s gay

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  18. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Poses or Poser?

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  19. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Guyon Espiner has done a great job of allowing the real David Cunliffe to shine through. Now even those who didn’t know him from a bar of soap can join with his colleagues in true appreciation of Cunliffe’s inesimable qualities. After which they will vomit all over him.

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  20. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Looks like a NZDating profile pic.
    Living at Downton Abbey in Herne Bay really has removed him from traditional Labour.

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  21. Lucy (32 comments) says:

    The Labour caucus is very jealous of Cunliffe. He runs circles around them all intellectually and that makes them feel very threatened. It’s a case of old-fashion tall poppy syndrome and it’s a shame that they can’t just all get over themselves.If David was an American or even if he was in the National Party – he would not have the same problem. It is unfortunate that his skills and knowledge aren’t valued. The Labour caucus have cut off the nose to spite their face because David is the only one with any real chance of taking on Key. David Shearer has no show. And New Zealand misses out on a great Prime Minster – it’s lose / lose all around. Guyon is in John Key’s pocket so no surprise as to why he would cast David in an unflattering light.

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  22. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    “A reader”? Is that what Grant Robertson is now referred to as?

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  23. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Lucy either comes home stoned from a club and hits the keyboard at 12.24 or silent T has got his daughter out of bed to write something nice a bout the wanker. Espiner in the PM.s pocket FFS

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  24. Yoza (1,879 comments) says:

    Lucy hit the nail on the head. I’m no fan of Labour, but Cunliffe really is their best hope at presenting a tolerable alternative to Key.

    Cunliffe is to National what Key is to Labour, their oponents actually fear them. They are utterly appalled at how ‘in touch’ either of these two come across on television. Which is why National’s hatchet team (Espiner, Farrar and Garner) are out to smear Cunliffe every chance they get, they know he is the only viable alternative Labour possesses.

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  25. Nookin (3,360 comments) says:

    “National’s hatchet team (Espiner, Farrar and Garner)”

    Welcome to earth. A word of advice however. It pays to check facts first. The last person who suggested that Garner and Espiner are nat sympathisers is still on meds, still delusionary and is regarded as beyond recovery. The only thing Espiners article did was show the arrogance and vanity of the man. It is all about him and how he wants to be perceived. NZers are fed up to the back teeth with that approach. It is why politicians have lost all credibility. Cunliffe would be the worst thing to happen for NZ and the labour party.

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  26. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    He comes across as genuine as the Rolex watches the street hawkers in Beijing flog. A real pearl.

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  27. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    Yeswedid

    Wrong way round

    Norman as PM, and Cunliffe as Deputy with Finance

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  28. Yoza (1,879 comments) says:

    “It pays to check facts first. The last person who suggested that Garner and Espiner are nat sympathisers is still on meds…” …and this person would be (fill in this space Nookin).

    The only parallel, in New Zealand politics, with the Labour party functionary’s obsession with John Key is their National party counterpart’s obsession with David Cunliffe.

    “The only thing Espiners article did was show the arrogance and vanity of the man. It is all about him and how he wants to be perceived.”

    Every senior politician who is a regularly in the media spotlight is preoccupied with “…how he[/she] wants to be perceived.” As a consequence of the importance of maintaining an image of confident sincerity in the mainstream media bubble any of those politicians – whether they be Labour, National or Green – could be, when compared with the ordinary constituent, presented as possessing an abundance of “…arrogance and vanity…”.

    Anyone wanting to compare Espiner’s slipperiness need only compare his John Key tribute with the David Cunliffe ‘exposé’David Cunliffe ‘exposé’.

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  29. Yoza (1,879 comments) says:

    (stupid 2 minute edit function) :)

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  30. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    bhudson:

    He comes across as genuine as the Rolex watches the street hawkers in Beijing flog. A real pearl.

    Ha ha – well put. But, like the fake Rolex, there are also some silly enough to buy into ‘Silent T’ and think he’s the real deal.

    Labour deserted its traditional constituent base many moons ago and if they think ‘Silent T’ is the answer, they’ll remain rooted for a while yet.

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  31. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Am only halfway through the profile and it’s obvious that he thinks Shearer’s days are numbered. I concede that Cunliffe is a reasonable prospect for leader but he’d screw NZ with an FTT.

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