Some amusing awards from Claire Trevett:
The Artful Dodger award for picking pockets:
David Cunliffe. Grant Robertson announced the living wage – five minutes later Cunliffe did too. Shane Jones announced Pasifika TV – five minutes later Cunliffe did too. Robertson made a joke about boy bands. It was Cunliffe’s by the next day. Shane Jones announced regional development measures including a rail link to Marsden Pt. The next day, Cunliffe announced a package suspiciously similar.
Is there any pledge DC hasn’t matched?
The John Banks award for greatest transmogrification:
David Cunliffe for his leap from the business-friendly face of Labour to waving a bunch of “socialist red” roses around and singing paeans from the Workers’ Songbook.
John Wayne award for straight shooting:
Grant Robertson for bluntly pointing out Shane Jones could not win, however successful he was in the polls. Shane Jones for saying of the Greens: “I am going to harvest and find my votes in Middle Earth – not flat earth. …
Merry Wives of Windsor award for playing hard to get:
Andrew Little, Raymond Huo, David Parker. Each camp has tried to claim them, but they have continued to refuse to say whom they are backing.
Woody Allen Zelig award for best human chameleon:
David Cunliffe. In 2011, he morphed into a character from bro’Town to fit into the audience at the flea markets. The sequel came at the Whangarei hustings meeting when he tried out his Maori styles, complete with the use of “eh” to end sentences.
Joni Mitchell award for best rendition of Both Sides Now:
Su’a William Sio for signing Shane Jones’ nomination form, but supporting David Cunliffe.
Son of a Preacher Man award for best evangelical performance:
David Cunliffe, who is the son of a preacher man, for his campaign launch and his vibrato a la Martin Luther King “this little town” soliloquy at Blackball. In fact, for his entire campaign.
I understand Martin Luther Cunliffe is now the term used by his opponents to deride him!
Where’s Wally? pantomime award:
Robertson, for telling Seven Sharp his partner Alf was too busy to be at the pub for the interview just before the camera caught Alf at another table. He’s behind you, Grant!
I suspect that episode may come back to haunt Grant, unless he is claiming that Alf was there without his knowledge!
Shane Jones award for out Jones-ing Jonesy:
Patrick Gower, 3News: “It’s gonna be Cunliffe’s butchery in the caucus room next Tuesday if he gets the job.”
The blood bath may not be immediate, but could be awesome.
Hellers’ award for biggest pork barrel:
Which makes taxpayers the loser no matter who wins!