Still making conventions up

February 4th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

In November, invented a new convention. He claimed there was a convention you did not have royal visits in an election year.

I labelled this “Making Shit up“, pointing out there were royal tours in 1954, 1963, 1981, 1990 and 2002.

This invented convention has now been modified to a claim made this morning in the Herald:

Labour leader David Cunliffe said the G20 invite was a “nice to have”and should not be a factor in determining the election date. He said he was more concerned about the timing of the Royal visit.

“New Zealand is not even a member of the G20 so the G20 is not going to bat an eyelid whether we are there or not.

First of all that isn’t the point. It’s a privilege and opportunity to attend. Anyway back to the main point:

A more important factor was the timing of the Royal visit in late April – the usual convention was that any such visits should be at least 6 months before an election. “I’d really challenge him to say whether he was going to abide by that convention.”

This convention is also invented.

The 1981 visit was just two months before the 1981 election and the 2002 visit five months before the 2002 election. David Cunliffe was a Government MP in 2002 so should know this.

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26 Responses to “Still making conventions up”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    “Tojo” Cunliffe typifies the whinging, envious, and pathetically dangerous fools Labour/Greens attract.

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  2. alex Masterley (1,517 comments) says:

    David Cunliffe, making stuff up, what a surprise.

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  3. Nostalgia-NZ (5,220 comments) says:

    At least no one can accuse him of sticking to his story.

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  4. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    JOBS ADVERTISEMENT.

    Intelligent people wanted for Labour Research Unit.

    Will settle just for “people.”

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  5. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    I’m sure Cunliffe would like to make up the election result too.

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  6. RF (1,404 comments) says:

    The silent t makes a point every day to prove he is a toxic smarmy prick.

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  7. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    lmao i tried to read his quotes but all i saw was “wah wah wah”

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  8. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Next he’ll be saying it’s a convention that they only bring a single pair of shoes…

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  9. kaykaybee (152 comments) says:

    Petty, churlish and getting everything wrong from electoral protocol to what should be straightforward policy announcement. Where is his head when he makes these faux pas? Here’s one of his wistful reflections to remind us he’s never been much chop at communicating with any clarity.

    (Ode to Harvard)

    Halcyon days
    Bronze walls strong rising
    From lime green glimmer.
    White towers and golden domes –
    Revelries and reveries
    Reflect in sleepy waters.
    Forget me not
    For I am Harvard
    And I am yours.

    For one short year or two
    I suckled you
    With potent milk
    Of truth and learning.
    You know my strength
    You know my weakness.
    They are in you
    For I am Harvard
    And I am yours.

    I did not teach you
    Your most important lessons,
    Of life and love
    And learning with your peers.
    Go now forever different –
    My driven sons and daughters
    Relaxed, impassioned, persevered.
    Go now and take me with you
    For you are Harvard
    And you are yours.

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  10. redqueen (567 comments) says:

    And, per usual, the Herald just quotes this rubbish verbatem. Why do we have a ‘media’, again? Might as well just read press releases and policy documents…oh wait, those would be less prone to ‘misinterpretations’!

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  11. tas (625 comments) says:

    Labour leader David Cunliffe said the G20 invite was a “nice to have”and should not be a factor in determining the election date. He said he was more concerned about the timing of the Royal visit.

    David Cunliffe is a former diplomat. Surely he realises the value of being able to attend a G20 summit. How can he be so blazé about it? Trade is so important for a tiny country like NZ.

    The royal visit is irrelevant. Unless Cunliffe is planning to put republicanism on the agenda or something…

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  12. peterwn (3,275 comments) says:

    “David Cunliffe was a Government MP in 2002 so should know this.” – brain fade? Pot kettle etc?

    bhudson – “Next he’ll be saying it’s a convention that they only bring a single pair of shoes…” That would have affected Nikita Khrushchev – he apparently brought along a shoe to bang on the table instead of taking one off.

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  13. coge (190 comments) says:

    Cunliffe should, at the very least, google stuff before he utters more tripe. He appears to be lacking in a broad education, or he’s simply being very badly advised.

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  14. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Yeah a convention, Nah no convention.

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  15. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    If we name Skycity’s convention centre after him will he retire?

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  16. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Isn’t that just typical of Cunliffe. He thinks it is important that we be noticed and there is no point attending the G 20 if we are NOT noticed. The invitation is by kind invitation of Tony Abbott and is mainly for OUR benefit.

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  17. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    labrator (1,623 comments) says:
    February 4th, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    If we name Skycity’s convention centre after him will he retire?

    If they get in the Sky City Convention Centre will remain unfinished as a monument to,
    The NIMBY’s and how they shall never be messed with.

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  18. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    The ABC club warned us that it would be his “attention to detail” that would trip him up. That being code for liar of course.
    He is running at around one whopper a week so far this year.

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  19. Ross12 (1,432 comments) says:

    He is ahead in the latest polls but he is acting like a scared rat.

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  20. Peter (1,713 comments) says:

    So, we’re heading into week two, and, like week one, it’s shaping up to be a “fact malfunction” for Cunning CV.

    Perhaps he’s thankful it’s a short week….

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  21. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    The Standard have two words for this when the media report it: “Media Bias”.

    Yes, apparently when they reported his lies over the baby bonus they were biased.

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  22. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    It was his speech writers fault.

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  23. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    It was his speech writers fault.

    Yeah, Nah.

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  24. Kiwi Dave (92 comments) says:

    “Oh, look. There’s Prince X. I had better vote for the government.”

    Does DC really believe voters think like that? This is quite insulting.

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  25. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Kiwi Dave

    “Oh, look. There’s Prince X. I had better vote for the government.”

    Well yes … but when Labour pull that stunt it’s good because it helps get Labour elected – but when National do it … THE SKY IS FALLING !!!!!!

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  26. Sponge (184 comments) says:

    It is quite simple. The man tells lies and cannot be trusted.

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