Cunliffe emerged from a caucus meeting of his MPs today promising to make changes to the way he and the party delivered their messages and admitting that the holiday was a mistake.
“I take responsibility for things I could have done better,” he said.
“I’m happy to say that with the information that I now have about the movement in the polls, which I didn’t have when I made that decision [to take a holiday], I would have made a different decision.”
He certainly would not have gone on such a long break, though he noted he was also ill for two days “and I didn’t have much choice about that”.
And in another story:
He scoffed at suggestions that some in his caucus were “doing the numbers” on a leadership change.
“That’s nonsense, absolute nonsense,” he said.
“I am confident I have the full support of my caucus.”
Former leader Phil Goff ruled out any interest in becoming leader again, and while Cunliffe’s predecessor David Shearer wouldn’t rule it out, he said he was focused on the party’s key messages.
Mark my words. Shearer will challenge after the election.
Also a third Stuff article reveals a new side to Cunliffe:
Pray, is Reverend Sue Dickson’s advice. Cunliffe says he does – daily.
I did not realise Cunliffe is such a devout Christian.