Cunliffe gets personal

November 1st, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

3 News reported:

Despite criticism of the sales, Mr Cunliffe says Prime Minister would sell his mother if he got the chance.

I don’t think the public will respond well to snide personal attacks. You can follow the link and see the video at one minute 30. I can’t imagine any swinging voter will respond well to the combination on display there.

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54 Responses to “Cunliffe gets personal”

  1. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    “No company has a license to gouge New Zealanders, and if the only thing that was keeping the share price up was going to be the right to gouge, nobody’s got a right to do that,” he says

    I wonder if that prohibition includes a Labour-led government? They seemed more than happy to gouge the public, rich and poor, at record levels last time (something Black with a Vengeance was very happy about, and hopes to see again, apparently).

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  2. flipper (4,067 comments) says:

    We await MSM condemnation of this disgraceful example of Labour’s attitude toward J. Key, which has not changed since Clark/Simpson/Williams and his specious H Fee.

    It really does confirm that Labour have selected Cun*liffe.

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  3. Ashley Schaeffer (487 comments) says:

    Classic tactic of the Left to demonise your opposition.

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  4. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    The pressure is getting to Cunliffe…..sort of like a child, trudging deeper and deeper into the woods. :cool:

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,211 comments) says:

    Compare this to JK’s lack of criticism of Brown and ask who the statesman is Cunliffe or Key.

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  6. smttc (752 comments) says:

    What a stupid way for TV3 to preface that remark. Do these idiots actually think before they write this shit.

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  7. Neil (586 comments) says:

    Typical Labour Party reactions. No class. Know it all attitude.
    I always think that hard core Labour are the pits !!!

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  8. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    This is shocking and totally uncalled for.

    At most he might sell 49% whilst using the proceeds to maintain New Zealand’s gargantuan welfare state, and steadfastly refusing to sell his 1500 other mothers he shouldn’t have anyway.

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  9. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    I think one of the reasons for JK’s popularity is that he doesn’t make snide comments, something that Labour have never tried to copy.
    And to make a comment like that when JK’s mother passed on many years ago is somewhat tacky, but then again, it is Labour true and true.

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  10. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    …..Cunliffe… snide personal attacks.

    No surprises.

    Leopard. Spots. Etc.

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  11. Bill Ted (93 comments) says:

    Cunliffe has a bit of the Michael Cullen air about him when he’s being interviewed – comes across as extraodinarily smug and arrogant. The difference is Cullen was actually witty and gave good banter – Cunliffe resorts to old cliches. But this is what the Labour Party want – someone who’s going to attack Key personally and use aggressive language, because that’s the style of their activists. They’re not smart enough to recognise swing voters hate that stuff.

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  12. doggone7 (805 comments) says:

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  13. thePeoplesFlag (245 comments) says:

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  14. lilman (959 comments) says:

    Cunliffe has one thing going for him and I can only say its what makes him the man he is today,When the gaggle say jump ,roll over and lick hes down on all fours gasping.
    Good boy Cunny …..Good boy.

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  15. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    3 more years!

    Good to see Cunliffe following in the footsteps Cullen and Clark left behind as they walked out the door. Each step takes him further away from government.

    The man is making himself unelectable!

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  16. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    “I think one of the reasons for JK’s popularity is that he doesn’t make snide comments, something that Labour have never tried to copy”
    I suggest you tune into parliament TV, on an occasion when Key actually turns up.

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  17. Richard Hurst (859 comments) says:

    Due to Labours lack of real policy over the last 6 years I wonder if the Labour party research unit are still looking for the mythical ‘neutron bomb’ on John Key?

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  18. coge (190 comments) says:

    Mr 12% under pressure. The left do demonise, they haven’t got much else to work with. The Aussie left consistently demonised Tony Abbott for five years. It didn’t work & they lost middle Australia in the process. And guess what? They are still doing it.

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  19. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    Only the mentally ill can maintain the rage, venom and viciousness of these people.

    Who would chose to live like this unless you are one sick puppy?

    No wonder they’re demanding more and more money for mental healthcare. :cool:

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  20. hannity (152 comments) says:

    Keys’ ‘devil beast’ said what?
    I hope Key’s going to be ok

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  21. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    I did hear Bill English on the radio refer to Cunliffe as “an idiot”

    Spot on really.

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  22. Positan (390 comments) says:

    “Cunliffe says John Key would sell his mother … ”

    The uttering of this offensive absurdity literally screams for an undertaking from Cunliffe that, in the unlikely event he should become Prime Minister, he too will emulate the example set by Key and refuse to draw a parliamentary salary.

    Let’s see what the jerk has to venture about that !!!!!

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  23. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    I see the real problem being that it’s really hard to insult Cunliffe in return…you see, insults are UNTRUE.

    This also backs up what was at the time I thought a rather too cynical appraisal of the left, and that is that their primary motivation is hatred. It’s the one thing besides hypocrisy that they’re really good at, hating. And it’s not that christian thing of hate the sin not the person, the left really, really gets personal hatred. Probably why they resort to violence so readily and helps justify that violence.

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  24. Ross12 (1,428 comments) says:

    What makes this comment so bad ( and so stupid !!) is John Key’s mother mother died a couple years ago , I think.

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  25. lilman (959 comments) says:

    Cunliffe -Knob, enough said.

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  26. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Anyone else get the impression that the arsehole calling itself the peoplesflag is the totalitarian type of shite who would report his parents and neighbours to the secret police for crimes against the proletariat?

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  27. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    If Bill English did call Cunliffe an idiot, will we see a thread entitled “English gets personal”?

    And is that a pig I see flying past the window?

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  28. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    Does anyone else find it ironic these vile remarks come on the same day that Cunliffe’s mentor and Labour darling Michael Cullen has announced a slash and burn of 2,000 NZ Post jobs?

    Does anyone else think the unions criticism will be muted compared to if Ruth Richardson was chairman?

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  29. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    We all know Key’s story – the mother who escaped the Nazis, came to NZ for a better life, brought up her kids to value education while she raised them alone, doing low paid jobs to keep them afloat in the state house suburb of Bryndwr which gave them access to schools like Burnside. She brought up kids to be proud of. She is a hero.

    No-one would ever sell a mum like this. We need many more like Mrs Key Snr.

    Keep on talking, Cunliffe, so we can all see your true, nasty, colours.

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  30. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    I have a lot of friends who are politically well to the left of me, and any time the matter arises I’ll ask them to explain WHY they don’t like John Key.

    I’m fascinated in this topic because I was a long-time labour voter through the Clark years, and I just can’t see what the problem with Key is, he is clearly just a sensible straightforward business guy (in my humble opinion!)

    The answers are usually a pause, followed by either either “90-day trials”, or “I just don’t trust him”

    … or some sad ACC case that Key should have personally managed… :neutral:

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  31. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    @Adronicus

    If Bill English did call Cunliffe an idiot, will we see a thread entitled “English gets personal”?

    There is a big difference, in my book, between referring to a politician for his or her political views, versus referring (for political point-scoring) to a politician’s parents/children/siblings/etc and inferring that someone doesn’t care about their elderly mother, for example.

    But it seems you think this is OK.

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  32. OneTrack (3,107 comments) says:

    “Take a concrete pill and harden up, bitches”

    Yeah, we all know it’s ok when the left does it.

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  33. Yvette (2,820 comments) says:

    The upcoming Referendum may show a large number of people against partial asset sales.
    But a lot of these will be people who still voted National, despite their misgivings on asset sales, because they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Labour.

    It was so obvious that Labour would change their leader the moment they could, having given up on the poor bastard well before the Election.
    What people would not have thought is that Labour would take two fucking years to select Cunliffe who would immediately say “This is the first day of the 2014 Election campaign.”

    When will Labour actually do any work as the Opposition they were voted to be, even by people who were opposed to the asset sales – the one and only issue Goff explained the last Election was about – people who went against such a strong issue, because they believed Labour is fucked.
    See what the Referendum result says, but be sure to understand the importance of what it really indicates.

    [Thinks: On the eve of Cunliffe's big Christchurch weekend conference, there goes Cullen announcing 2000 jobs go postal and Helen Clark, disses Charles in a statement that could have been made anytime in the next few weeks, but not today, to suggest behind the curtains, Helen is still the face to launch a thousand shits.]

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  34. OneTrack (3,107 comments) says:

    “and I just can’t see what the problem with Key is, he is clearly just a sensible straightforward business guy”

    That is exactly why they hate him. He is keeping them away from their rightful place behind the levers of power. If only, only, they can “Get Key”, then all their dreams will come true.

    The alternative is they could focus on policy. Nah, that would be silly and hard and they don’t have any big enough beer coasters to work out real policy. Far easier to Get Key, Get Key, and repeat

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  35. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    BeaB (1,786) Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    We all know Key’s story – the mother who escaped the Nazis, came to NZ for a better life, brought up her kids to value education while she raised them alone, doing low paid jobs to keep them afloat in the state house suburb of Bryndwr which gave them access to schools like Burnside. She brought up kids to be proud of. She is a hero.

    No-one would ever sell a mum like this. We need many more like Mrs Key Snr.

    Keep on talking, Cunliffe, so we can all see your true, nasty, colours.

    ——————–

    And you bagged me out the other day for listing the 10 things Mrs Key Snr WASN’T!

    Mrs Key snr relied upon herself.

    Where as today’s ‘woman’ is ‘entitled’ or ‘owed’ a lifestyle that is developed, promoted and maintained by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

    As I said at the top of the list – NZ woman arn’t much of anything anymore.

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  36. Chi Hsu (101 comments) says:

    doggone7 (252) Says:
    November 1st, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Wondering. Is it a snide personal attack if it is the truth?

    That sort of comment certainly says a lot about you.

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  37. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Cunliffe: “No company has a license to gouge New Zealanders”

    Fucktard. I seem to recall my power bill going up 6 – 7% year on year under Labour last time the clowns were in office.

    RRM – you’re not me are you? I could have written that post. A lot of folk I know who hate John Key – I just say the same thing – why? They usually parrot the line that Labour & Greens keep using like ‘John Key and his Rich Mates’. It’s just lazy.

    It’s going to be illegal to be successful in this country soon

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  38. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    @duggledog: it will be illegal to be visibly successful. But I’m sure we can have a don’t ask, don’t tell policy. We haven’t actually made it illegal to be rich, just don’t go round flaunting it in our faces. That kind of thing.

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  39. RichardX (326 comments) says:

    Harriet, Which came first, your attitude to NZ women or your move to Queensland?
    Any chance they are related?

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  40. Duxton (651 comments) says:

    “When the gaggle say jump ,roll over and lick hes down on all fours gasping.”

    Are you talking about Silent T, or Tim ‘Pretty Boy’ Barnett?

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  41. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “….They usually parrot the line that Labour & Greens keep using like ‘John Key and his Rich Mates’. It’s just lazy….”

    child poverty, fairness, equality……..all slogans for the lofo voter.

    Says a lot about who Labour is actually going to run the country for. Dumbfucks. Otherwise Labour would be talking some sense. And the only people who arn’t dumb that will vote for Labour are the one’s who will be getting paid with your money to have more and more committee meetings; the public service.

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  42. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    RichardX

    “…..Harriet, Which came first, your attitude to NZ women or your move to Queensland? Any chance they are related?…’

    My attitude towards NZ women is not so much at the women themselves, it’s just that after you have lived in aussie for 15 yrs you realise that hardcore women’s lib has taken the spark out of NZ women. They’re a bit too serious.

    Bob Jones once said that NZ women are not much fun anymore. I agree. They really do come across as a bit ‘butch like’ in their manner. I’m not saying that they are angry or rabid, but when I meet NZ women on holiday here in Aus they are very different to Aussie, indonesian, Malay, Singaporean, Islander, South African and Argentinian women.

    They don’t seem to be from the southern hemisphere, if you take the women from those other nations as a ‘general standard’. Those women do seem to have a bit more ‘zest’ about them. But all that’s in general.

    Yes – I am still Married – but to an Aussie. They don’t take offence. :cool:

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  43. Duxton (651 comments) says:

    [Thinks: On the eve of Cunliffe's big Christchurch weekend conference, there goes Cullen announcing 2000 jobs go postal and Helen Clark, disses Charles in a statement that could have been made anytime in the next few weeks, but not today, to suggest behind the curtains, Helen is still the face to launch a thousand shits.]

    What’s the Clark/Charles issue? Sorry, have I missed something?

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  44. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Duxton, she came out of a meeting with Charlie on the environment or moss or something and promptly told a reporter that the Monarchy would soon be seen as quaint relic.

    Cheers

    Harriet & Bob Jones – all I can say is who do you hang out with. All the kiwi women I know are bloody good no nonsense sorts. I hang out with women who have actual knowledge learned from experience not books. I don’t live in a city, may explain why.

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  45. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Labour are terminally stupid, so fucking dumb its unbelievable.

    Day before their conference and they let the Prime Minister upstage them by going to Christchurch

    Politics 101 says Silent T should have been in town since Wednesday pressing thee flesh, they knew the By Election campaign was going to be launched.

    Bill today just guts the living wage bullshit. Bills a South islander, lots of labour voters are very conservative South islanders, they’ll have an ear on Bill. Not all labour voters care about how many homo’s are in the cabinet and seeing its Christchurch they sure as shit don’t care how many of the brown brothers feature.

    Cunliffes best shot – the Prime Minister would sell his own mother- ooh fucking hell, that’ll scare him.

    Labour are utterly rat shit, terminally so.

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  46. DRF (19 comments) says:

    That’s a stunningly poor performance by Cunliffe in my book. Ignoring the snark about Key’s Mum, by his definition of 100% of Kiwis owning Meridian before the sale then its not 2% that own now, but still 100% of Kiwis owning 51% of the share they owned before. Key will slaughter him if that’s the depth of his rhetoric.

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  47. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    looks like Tortoise.

    http://i0.wp.com/www.whaleoil.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/lc12_DavidCunliffe2-620×350.jpg?fit=1600%2C1600

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  48. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Well at least we know that Key had a mother. Not sure about Cunliffe …. thought he was cardboard cut-out puppet with the Unions pulling the strings. Real people don’t go round with a permanent self-righteous smirk nor do they indulge in stupid one-liners stolen from the book of trite sayings.

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  49. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    From the Herald.

    “However, there were some signs of the battle that was just behind him over Labour’s leadership: Mr Cunliffe’s predecessor in the role, David Shearer, sat in the third row for the opening rather than with other MPs along the front. Trevor Mallard, who was demoted by Mr Cunliffe, also sat in the third row with Mr Shearer.”

    Sharpening their knives no doubt! :)

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  50. Monty (978 comments) says:

    What would cunnys reaction be if the reporter retorted back to him that such a comment was nasty, vile and gutter politics?

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  51. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Not only would Key sell his own mother but he’d probably negotiate a bad deal on her behalf! :)

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  52. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Key of course is a perfect gentleman.

    Like that time someone was attempting to commit suicide in Parliament, and the PM blamed Labour for the attempt and made a throat slitting gesture at Phil Goff. Now that’s classy!

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  53. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    Silent T is undeniably an arsehole. But hey, Parliament is full of them.

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  54. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    An insight into out beloved PM.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Key-under-fire-over-throat-slitting-gesture/tabid/370/articleID/228565/Default.aspx#.UnPz1oP2_IU

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