Garner prescribe dead rats

September 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

writes:

Cunliffe will need to tread carefully with his reshuffle and the ABC club – except for and .

Mallard’s time is up. The public tired of him years ago. He has been one of the main protagonists in the fight against Cunliffe. He should be dealt to. He has done his time in NZ politics.

He’s currently on the taxpayers tit living it up in San Fran – it should be his last trip. He’s done well out of NZ politics and it’s time he was moved on. I don’t see what he offers anymore.

He’s on a junket and taxpayers should be appalled. Cunliffe should shoulder tap him and tell him to start looking for relief teaching job in Hutt South after the next election. Labour needs to signal a fresh start under Cunliffe and getting rid of Mallard would do that.

And whip Chris Hipkins will have to go too. Cunliffe needs a whip he can trust. He can’t trust Hipkins, it’s as simple as that.

Pretty blunt advice.

He will need to tread carefully with the other ABC members. Annette King, Phil Goff, Jacinda Ardern, Phil Twyford and, dare I say it, ABC Club President and life member, Clayton Cosgrove are all pretty good performers that can’t be ditched that easily. Cunliffe would be wise to keep them. And he needs to keep them to get this caucus firing.

If you excluded the ABCs from the Shadow Cabinet, there wouldn’t be enough MPs remaining to make up the Shadow Cabinet!

I expect Labour to get a bounce in the polls and Cunliffe to get a honeymoon. But he will want to eat into John Key’s support, not just the Greens. Taking from the Greens will mean nothing. He must rip into the centre.

I worry about the expectations Cunliffe has raised amongst his supporters. He has signalled a strong left-wing agenda which I’m not sure even he believes in.

I think DC believes in getting elected!

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26 Responses to “Garner prescribe dead rats”

  1. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    encouraging Trev to retire would be like picking low hanging fruit .. a great place to start. his pension would be huge and give him more time to ride his bike and chase skirt

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  2. Ross12 (1,453 comments) says:

    ” Taking from the Greens will mean nothing.”

    He has got that wrong ! Alot of people waking up to the fact that Labour are getting too close to the Greens and that is putting them off Labour ( a TV bit on the West Coast last week said exactly that ). If Cunliffe does not treat the Greens as a threat he is stupid.
    Having said , I expect Cunliffe to do what Garner says.

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  3. Kimble (4,442 comments) says:

    He must rip into the centre.

    Labour wouldn’t recognise the center, even if it hadn’t disappeared over the horizon years ago.

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  4. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    Labour cannot rip into the center without being bene bashers.
    Bene bludgers are where Labour hope to pick up support (this mythical 800,000 purely labour voters that didnt vote last time) and the only way to do that is offer them more more more of your money.
    A working tradesman who would have been a traditional LP voter is now a center right aspirational voter and certianly does not want to give hard earned dosh to a bunch of bludgers in election bribes.

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  5. dime (10,086 comments) says:

    lol I wonder where Mallard will end up.

    Obviously he will be in huge demand from the private sector. Im sure he will turn down the big money offers though and take some public job. We should thank him for his continuing service etc etc

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  6. wikiriwhis business (4,114 comments) says:

    “Bene bludgers are where Labour hope to pick up support ”

    Pfffffffff. govts create the unemployed thru central banks

    MP’s are the biggest bludgers out as David Farrar tells us today with his Trevor Mallard post

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  7. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    ‘He’s currently on the taxpayers tit living it up in San Fran’
    Hey Duncan – how many Gnats in San Fran?

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  8. Lance (2,704 comments) says:

    @Floyd60
    Nats think aspiring to be at the cutting edge of sailing technology which creates work for an entire boat building industry and tourism exposure are a good thing worth investing in.
    Labour and the Melons think it is rich pricks waste of money. So why is Trev there?

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  9. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    Lance – They are all there because they can be. You know that.

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  10. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    @Lance: What evidence is there that Labour think it’s a rich pricks waste of money? They funded them at least twice (to vigorous opposition by National, who tried to overturn the funding in 2008 before Labour left office).

    Don’t let facts get in the way of your bleating.

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  11. MickMac (1,091 comments) says:

    800,000 mythical voters?

    They didn’t vote.
    the reason is Labour let go the economic reins and followed their rainbow ideology to the nth degree.
    So they wanted Helen/Rainbow out but couldn’t vote National or Greens, so didn’t vote.
    They see Greens as young or rich white hippies.

    Cunliffe has to convince them Labour won’t go down the Rainbow slide again before they will get on board.
    Pushing the working man will only get so far as they expect that as Labours default.

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  12. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    What does Cunliffe have in common with the average working man I wonder? Much less than John Key, who grew up in a state house, I suspect?

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  13. burt (8,301 comments) says:

    Anthony

    We have a new Labour party now… Chardonnay is the drink of choice… All socialists will soon be living in $2m houses when Labour are elected.

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  14. leftyliberal (651 comments) says:

    Cunliffe’s old man was a minister, so may well have had lodging as part of the job. It was unlikely to be extravagant.

    It’s amusing to suggest that the “average working man” would have more in common with Key than Cunliffe. Surely the differences between “average working man” and Key or Cunliffe far outweigh any differences between Key and Cunliffe I should think? Both are wealthy and intelligent and have worked for large companies, earning far in excess of what “average working man” does.

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  15. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    Yes burt, the state will solve every problem – I know because Messiah Cunliffe says so!

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  16. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    You make a reasonable point leftyliberal but Key certainly seems more like a Kiwi bloke than Cunliffe. I don’t see Key making grand promises to solve every problem.

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  17. wikiriwhis business (4,114 comments) says:

    According to Whaleoil, Cunnilife has texted Trevor Mallard not to bother coming in on Monday

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  18. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    @Key certainly seems more like a Kiwi bloke than Cunliffe.’
    Only if the Kiwi blokes that you know mince around saying ‘Ashilly I quite like tea’.

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  19. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    Is that what Cunliffe says Floyd60? I can certainly picture him saying that in his $2 million St Heliers mansion.

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  20. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    “Is that what Cunliffe says Floyd60? I can certainly picture him saying that in his $2 million St Heliers mansion.”

    Can we ease off on the cost of peoples houses ?

    $2m isn’t that much in Auckland these days, it doesn’t buy you a “mansion”; it buys you a good family home in a central suburb, nothing more. The guy has had a decent career, his wife too. Where do you expect him to live?

    Why do people think that politicos on the left have to live like St Francis ?

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  21. scrubone (3,103 comments) says:

    As I’ve said here at least twice, I remain faintly amazed that Shearer’s first act wasn’t to turn to Mallard and say “and it goes without saying Trevor, I expect your resignation on my desk by tomorrow morning”.

    But I am *so* glad he didn’t :)

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  22. Bad__Cat (141 comments) says:

    “…Clayton Cosgrove …..all pretty good performers”
    WTF?

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  23. Reid (16,625 comments) says:

    Why do people think that politicos on the left have to live like St Francis ?

    I don’t think that, Alan and no conservative I know thinks like that, either. What we all object to is listening to politicians who pretend that all the other people who live at precisely the same standard as they do are all, without exception, selfish rich pricks who can’t wait to tread on people as soon as they walk out the door of their “mansions.”

    Which all the lefty politicians do.

    And isn’t that just disgusting. I mean, if you have a set of voters who happen to be poor and you happen to live in a “mansion” by comparison to their hovels, then there are plenty of honest, up front and genuine things you can do to make it plain to said people that you identify with them. Such as offering free budgeting advice during electoral clinics, knocking on doors and giving them a few cans of food, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.

    But no. What these a-holes instead do, is point to the “rich pricks” and pretend that those are the people who suppress them, who hold them down, who act like scrooge, and they’re mad, and they’re going to fight them, because they weally weally care. In other words, they invent an imaginary enemy and take advantage of their voter’s wretchedness and educational poverty to FOOL them into thinking something that is palpably false and easily disproven, not to mention hypocritical in the most monstrous sense.

    And this, Alan, is objectionable in anyone’s book, isn’t it? That’s what we object to. Are we wrong?

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  24. big bruv (14,117 comments) says:

    Is it not a bit rich for Cuntliffe to demand loyalty from his caucus yet the same Cuntliffe spent the best part of the last six years undermining the previous leaders?

    The man is a total and utter wanker, the Labour party and Micky Savage deserve him. I cannot wait to see the prick humiliated at the next election.

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  25. lilman (965 comments) says:

    Who in their right mind would want TWEVOR MALLARD teaching their child.
    Seriously he could only be employed by a Union ,because he has no talent ,or morals or ……… well …..no. he has nothing.

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  26. thedavincimode (6,867 comments) says:

    Onya bike duckie. From arsehole to arsewipe in the blink of an eye. Yesterday’s man who passed his use by date well before yesterday.

    But thanks for the memories: standing in the dock like a scared little schoolboy and being told to fuck off when he tried to bully Auckland’s waterfront stadium, leading to Auntie putting him across her knee and giving him a good spanking. Never to be missed and soon forgotten. A skidmark on the underpants of NZ politics.

    Pity this doesn’t mean he will cease his voracious sucking of the poor old taxpayers’ tits.

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