Who will survive if Robertson doesn’t win?

September 6th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Growing speculation about who will survive in the Labour Leader’s Office if Grant Robertson doesn’t win. I’ve heard the two other candidates are talking openly of a clean out. Jones, because he doesn’t think they’re up to it, and Cunliffe because he sees them as Robertson loyalists.

Likewise a Robertson win is unlikely to see much change in the shadow cabinet except Cunliffe promoted to front bench. However a Cunliffe win could see a very major shakeup. Most of his supporters are mid ranked or unranked.

Having worked in a party leader’s office during several coups, it is far from fun to have your job security so unknown.

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21 Responses to “Who will survive if Robertson doesn’t win?”

  1. Redbaiter (10,389 comments) says:

    If only we could clean the damn lot of them out. Cunliffe, Jones and Robertson and all their damn underlings as well. What a complete bunch of losers.

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  2. dishy (248 comments) says:

    Agree, Reddy: And same goes for their shameless, whoring, deceitful, sycophantic supporters in the MSM.

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  3. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    They will tear each other to pieces, leaving David Gillard Cunliffe with a deformed baby to present to us

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  4. anonymouse (705 comments) says:

    Fran Mold’s tenure as Chief of Staff could be the shortest ever…..

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  5. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    This is shaping up to be a massive disaster for Labour either way. The contest and the reckless promises that have been coming out of it is playing into National’s hands perfectly and with potentially some huge disruption afterwards, it is going to get worse. Couldn’t happn to a better bunch of people.

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  6. dad4justice (6,594 comments) says:

    The socialist MSM thrive on the deranged antics of these overpaid pathetic parasites . The scum of the earth, good for nothing liars leech money from the struggling kiwi taxpayer. What a disgrace the Labour Party is. Thanks Aunty Helen!

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  7. ChardonnayGuy (1,231 comments) says:

    Problem for this scenario is though, that if Robertson doesn’t become Deputy Leader in the event of a Cunliffe victory, or is not given a senior shadow Cabinet role this time, he’s still young enough to launch a second Labour leadership bid if the centre-left fails to win office in 2014.

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  8. Griff (8,419 comments) says:

    Labor is trying to out left the greens
    Their natural working class root is far more conservative.
    The working class community would respond to a more conservative approach and probably find the current party’s focus on lbg rights, welfare and unions incomprehensible as well as against the life they aspire to.
    The Aussies call them battlers.
    Most Westies and F.O.B’s work hard and resent welfare handouts to those who dont.
    The growing Asian and Indian influence on small business is a potential vote base for them as well.
    Instead they are living last century’s battles.

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  9. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    Does anyone have opinion on where this leaves NZ First. They say they are committed to asset recovery, and sadly also the Grey power has moved left. But on the other hand thinking superannuants would prefer it if there is no devaluation.
    A Green/Labour / Insanity Government would see a collapse in NZ dollar.
    I don’t think its going to happen. The facts are that middle New Zealanders do not want a Green Government and the Labour lurch left shows that their are few votes if any in the centre for these idiots. Keep it up Shane we love what you say . Middle New Zealand is actually quite conservative. As Cunningham above at 12:16 pm says ;
    This is shaping up to be a massive disaster for Labour either way, and Griff immediately above,
    Their [labour] natural working class root is far more conservative.
    The working class community would respond to a more conservative approach and probably find the current party’s focus on lbg rights, welfare and unions incomprehensible as well as against the life they aspire to.

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  10. Keeping Stock (9,373 comments) says:

    If Cunliffe wins, Robertson will continue to destabilise him just as he did with Shearer.

    If Robertson wins, Cunliffe will continue to destabilise him, just as he did with Shearer.

    And if Jones wins, BOTH Cunliffe and Robertson will continue to destabilise him, just as they BOTH did with Shearer.

    I’d call that a win/win/win for John Key :D

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  11. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    Surely whoever wins the new contract has to take over the staff of the former contractor?

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  12. BeaB (2,164 comments) says:

    Robertson could still come from behind.

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  13. burt (7,424 comments) says:

    JeffW

    Surely whoever wins the new contract has to take over the staff of the former contractor?

    Come now… This is the Labour party – do as we say not as we do….

    But very valid point….

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  14. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Bear in mind that if the Unions put Cunliffe in as leader, then the Caucus faction may put Robertson back as Deputy, to spite the Unions.
    But this will play into Helen Kelly’s leadership after the Election loss anyway, once she takes Rongotai from Annette King, by which time Little Little will have got an electoral seat.
    Little Pony will take Shearer’s seat, when he swans off elsewhere, maybe back to teaching (possibly in a University Admin role) from whence he was trained.
    Or Helen has done a UN deal despite her “protesting too much” to the contrary.

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  15. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    Anonymouse: Mold will move back into the left-wing fold of Mutch and Soper . . . these types distort everything to give it a Labour spin.

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  16. Richard Hurst (885 comments) says:

    Robertson can’t win- South Auckland will never mobilize for him and without South Auckland Labour can’t win, even with minor party partners. It can’t be Jones because the academic Left will not accept him, nor the femnazi faction of the Party. It has to be Cunliffe- he’s heterosexual, hard left, white, academic and a bit of a hater if his speeches are anything to go by and has already started making wild insane promises which he knows he can’t keep. Perfect for Labours current needs.

    As for the Labour leader staffers uncertain future- well we all make our choices in life, deal with it.

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  17. Black with a Vengeance (1,867 comments) says:

    Be glad to see the arse end of some of those team red troughers.

    DC FTW!!!

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  18. Nookin (3,557 comments) says:

    I think life will be rather boring if Robertson gets in. There will be some comedic interest if Shane Jones gets there. However, it will be firecrackers on wheels if Cunliffe is duly anointed. Depending on the extent of his mandate (for that read majority), there will be blood hair and feathers flying in the Caucus with Cosgrove, Mallard, Hipkiss and other members of the ABC club shown the door. Life will be interesting for a while.

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  19. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    What the f cares what happens in the Leaders’ Office if Robertson leaves. The staff work has been poor under Shearer so whatever happens there must be changes. Hiring eager beaver kids who see working in the Leaders’ Office as a career move to get a safe seat attracts the wrong kind of person. They should go but then who the hell cares about these kids. You can be sure that people who see abuse is a substitute for argument, who think twitter represents public opinion and who think gay marriage is an important issue supported by everyone are no use to man or beast.

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  20. Belinda (141 comments) says:

    I’m glad I don’t have to pick any of them, plus I’m even happier that I’m not in Australia and have to choose between Rudd and Abbott.
    Thank god for John key long may he reign.

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  21. BigFish (132 comments) says:

    Well, the Labour party may as well vote against whoever the ruling party and their supporters publicly endorse.
    After all, your enemies’ friend isn’t their friend without reason.

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