Armstrong on Cunliffe and Key

January 30th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

writes:

John Key was looking forward to a good old-fashioned stoush in Parliament yesterday. He did not get one. A new year and is experimenting with a new tactic to spike the Prime Minister’s potent verbal guns. That tactic is to simply ignore him when he holds the floor for any length of time.

Heh, they’ve given up!

When it comes to one-upmanship, Key performs best when he is feeding off Opposition insults. He thrives on interruptions and the challenge of winging it with devastating put-downs of his adversaries. Usually being on the end of all that, Labour well knows it.

This is like Labour in the 1970s when Kirk instructed his MPs not to try and engage with Muldoon in the House!

Depriving Key of a crucial audience took some of the sting out of his mixture of barbs and pre-rehearsed jokes at Labour’s expense. Labour could not claim a victory. But the party probably denied Key being able to claim one either.

This was underlined when Cunliffe got to his feet. He is normally an impressive orator in a Parliament sadly short of such creatures.

But not yesterday. His relentlessly negative diatribe on Key’s and National’s perceived faults was too over the top to ring true and failed to answer one pertinent question. If things are going as badly wrong in New Zealand as Cunliffe claims, why are Key and National still so popular?

“You can do better than that, David,” interjected National’s Tau Henare at one point. The backbencher’s critique was one with which it was difficult to quibble.

Not a good start of the year for Labour.

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24 Responses to “Armstrong on Cunliffe and Key”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This “Tojo” Cunliffe coot is a recognised loser, being supported by the evil union movement he has to toe the line or Labour’s rainbow crew will be in boots and all. Look at the funny fat fellow gloating every time “Tojo” stuffs up.

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  2. dishy (248 comments) says:

    Henare was wrong.

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  3. publicwatchdog (2,819 comments) says:

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  4. Nookin (3,466 comments) says:

    “Wonder if Prime Minister John Key is going to keep picking on Hone Harawira?”

    I wonder if Penny is going to keep picking on Len Brown?

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  5. Crusader (322 comments) says:

    Labour could not claim a victory. But the party probably denied Key being able to claim one either.

    Like the German navy in WW1.

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  6. srylands (414 comments) says:

    “Seems that when it comes to ‘political engagement’ between those two – John Key starts it and Hone Harawira finishes it?”

    I am afraid that went over my head.

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  7. Pete George (23,683 comments) says:

    Does public watchdog have anything to say about the last MP expenses showing Harawira was by far the biggest spender on accommodation and travel at $50592 for the quarter.

    $27084 of that was for air travel, that’s $9000 per month or over $2000 per week.

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  8. nasska (11,804 comments) says:

    Most of the time Hone would have to get on a plane & fly South for an hour to even be part of it.

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  9. martinh (1,272 comments) says:

    Cunliffe- so above his pay grade

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  10. flipper (4,205 comments) says:

    I watched it all on Tuesday and Wednesday and enjoyed the play acting.
    Great fun.

    But really, it does not do to take the House crap seriously. Only addicts, a number of retirees, and some media take notice of what happens in the House.

    The great unwashed, the multitude that will decide the election, do not see HoR antics….and don’t care.

    Cunners can shove it, because his constituency is not listening….. or watching.

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  11. alloytoo (573 comments) says:

    @nookin “I wonder if Penny is going to keep picking on Len Brown?”

    I wonder if Penny is ever going to cough up for the damages she and her mates did to Aotea Square?

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  12. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    >This was underlined when Cunliffe got to his feet. He is normally an impressive orator in a Parliament sadly short of such creatures.

    Is his impressive oratory delivered in a Pacific Island accent, or does he reserve that for when he is standing on top of a bus?

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  13. Nigel Kearney (1,049 comments) says:

    Are there undecided voters actually paying attention to any of this?

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  14. tvb (4,512 comments) says:

    I watched Cunliffe snarling out of the side of his mouth like tricky dicky Nixon with as much sincerity that implies. Cunliffe is not real. Key eats him. I just hope key does not get too cocky. Cunliffe can be lethal but not yet.

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  15. In Vino Veritas (140 comments) says:

    Perhaps Cunliffe has been forced into this move by the ineptitude of his MP’s. Can you imagine Lange, Prebble and Douglas being given the towling that the risible current lot are receiving?

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  16. dirty harry (514 comments) says:

    $9000 a month on air travel…what a parasite..” white mans good for something eh hadfield “

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  17. lastmanstanding (1,302 comments) says:

    Over the year the penny is going to start to drop for even the dumbest Socialist Party supporter that their leader lacks the ability to lead a government. Already the slippery lies around his so called $60 a week baby bonus are starting to get through the them. Oh so you mean we don’t actually get $60 a week immediately after our baby is born. You mean we have to wait until the other state handouts stop.
    Bit by bit piece by piece Silent T is going to unravel himself.
    Cant wait until the Leaders Debates Popcorn Time as JK takes Silent T apart.

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  18. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Maybe Cunliffe has employed the failed advisors of Dotcom.

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  19. OneTrack (3,228 comments) says:

    Penny, would $9000 dollars a month be of any use to the poor people in Northland? Or is it really better that Hone just pisses it up against the wall, sticking it to whitey?

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  20. OneTrack (3,228 comments) says:

    “Maybe Cunliffe has employed the failed advisors of Dotcom.”

    Nah, he’s got his own failed advisors – “David, just hold up these fish………”

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  21. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    “Maybe Cunliffe has employed the failed advisors of Dotcom.”

    Nah, “Hey Clint, are we really going to ban Facebook?”

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  22. Paulus (2,664 comments) says:

    I heard this afternoon from Wellington close source that the Labour Party HO, a policy advisor, had said to the Parliamentary Labour Caucus policy senior advisor, that the change to the New Zealand Flag was to be remitted, before the election, at the next Labour Party Conference.
    It was leaked to National, within the Parliamentary complex, hence Key’s pre-emptive strike.
    Whether anything happens before the election is anybody’s guess – probably not.

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  23. jp_1983 (226 comments) says:

    paul, that would not surprise me at all what key did

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  24. Keeping Stock (10,432 comments) says:

    @ Paulus – the Labour Party is leaking like a sieve. Cunliffe is still not trusted by a majority of his caucus. Your revelation, plus the possibility that Cunliffe was set up over the Baby Bonus would come as no surprise. It seems that like rust, the ABC faction never sleeps.

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