Labour candidate attacks National MP for having a family holiday

July 26th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

When David Cunliffe had a holiday with his kids, not one National MP or candidate attacked him for it. In fact it only became newsworthy because a Labour MP and/or candidate attacked him for it.

Now we have a Labour candidate attacking her National opponent for the same thing. Hawke’s Bay Today reports:

Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Tukituki electorate, Labour candidate said sitting MP Mr Foss’ family holiday in Hawaii last week shows he’s “too relaxed” about the election. Mr Foss denied the claim,but said hi

s family always came first.

Ms Lorck said Mr Foss was “lying back in his deckchair and drinking pina coladas” on the tropical island while she was busy on the campaign trail.

Mr Foss confirmed he had spent “a good week” with his family at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, up until Wednesday, July 16.

“We had a family holiday.”

However, he denied the holiday showed he was too relaxed about the upcoming election.

“I work hard for Hawke’s Bay families and I am backing the Bay each and every day.

“So much for Labour’s pledge to not be nasty.”

Lasted all of 24 hours.

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28 Responses to “Labour candidate attacks National MP for having a family holiday”

  1. Longknives (4,952 comments) says:

    Are Labour/Greens/Mana/Fat German Party going to ban overseas holidays??

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  2. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    I always though that Dork sounded like Lorck.
    By her Google entry I think she would know about lying back.

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  3. Chuck Bird (4,891 comments) says:

    I wonder what Mr Foss thinks of the former kiddy fiddling lawyer from Hawkes Bay getting name suppression. Has National not got a policy on serial sex offender getting permanent name suppression?

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  4. RightNow (7,014 comments) says:

    “Are Labour/Greens/Mana/Fat German Party going to ban overseas holidays??”

    Only if you’re not a beneficiary. If you are then you’ll get air points every week.

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  5. kowtow (8,935 comments) says:

    “Ms Lorck said Mr Foss was “lying back in his deckchair and drinking pina coladas” on the tropical island while she was busy on the campaign trail.”

    Simply proves Churchill’s quote on socialism .

    “…..a philosophy of failure ,the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy,its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

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  6. Fisiani (1,052 comments) says:

    When the hard working Labour candidates up and down the land knock on doors and are constantly being rebuffed scorned and pitied by the person who answers them it is no surprise that they are starting to go feral. Labour candidates feel free to make a press release like that in the hope that they raise their personal profile. National candidates get head office to vet such comments to avoid having the ravings of a losing candidate become fodder for the media.

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  7. stever (26 comments) says:

    Hay Chuck Bird , just wondering if he had lunch with this name suppressed scum bag ? Or is that just something that only Silent T is aloud to do ?

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  8. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    Is she the same woman involved in a marriage breakup. Seems she does not know much about families.

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  9. Nigel (493 comments) says:

    I think time for a labour apology.

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  10. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    The problem that Labour have that it’s pretty much part of the left’s DNA to be nasty towards the right. They have to believe the right are evil, and invariably that belief boils to the surface.

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  11. doggone7 (845 comments) says:

    To have what happened in the past week or two about Cunliffe’s holiday and then say “not one National MP or candidate attacked him” is absolute prevarication. Not one National MP needed to cast stones. Their friends, allies and blogsites like this one made it the conversation.

    Attacking MPs for taking holidays is fine. Now quibbling about who does it, doesn’t or shouldn’t is in some senses prolonging the ludicrous discussion. Wantonly.

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  12. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    Not one National MP needed to cast stones. Their friends, allies and blogsites like this one made it the conversation.

    So your point is that the Labour party doesn’t have friends, so their MPs (or candidates) need to do all the work?

    Hardly a point in Labour’s favour!

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  13. JC (948 comments) says:

    IIRC correctly Lorck was a National Party volunteer at the last election.. working the telephone.

    JC

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  14. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    The HUGE contribution to the governance of Aoatearoa/New Zealand that Ms. Lorck has made should never be overlooked in this case! :)

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  15. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Just like one should never cut Gerry a bit of loose over his minor peccadillo at Christchurch International!!!! :)

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  16. Chuck Bird (4,891 comments) says:

    “Hay Chuck Bird , just wondering if he had lunch with this name suppressed scum bag ? Or is that just something that only Silent T is aloud to do ?”

    @stever

    The number of thumbs downs I got makes me wonder. Why are not National pushing this issue if Cunliffe having lunch with a sexual predator? Why will not National respond to SST questionnaire where name suppression is the first question.

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  17. adze (2,130 comments) says:

    To have what happened in the past week or two about Cunliffe’s holiday and then say “not one National MP or candidate attacked him” is absolute prevarication. […]
    Not one National MP needed to cast stones. Their friends, allies and blogsites like this one made it the conversation.

    I call BS on this. I did a google search of Kiwiblog with keywords “Cunliffe” and “holiday” and didn’t find one critical word by DPF on his decision to take a holiday. In fact he said this:

    To be fair it is important to have your leader recharged and in full fitness, ready for what will be a gruelling campaign.

    He also teased Cunliffe for apologising for the holiday, and highlighted caucus anger about it, but making it “the conversation” is far from criticism of the fact he took a few days off. Methinks DPF is not the one telling porkies here.

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  18. adze (2,130 comments) says:

    I had a longer post but it disappeared into the aether when it was submitted.

    Doggone7 I call BS. I searched KB’s posts and didn’t find a single criticism by DPF on Cunliffe’s decision to take a holiday – he merely highlighted the Labour caucus’s anger and teased Cunliffe for apologising for it. In fact DPF said that it was probably a good idea for him to be fresh for the campaign.

    DPF isn’t here to make Cunliffe look good. I can’t speak for what WO or other right-aligned bloggers might have said, but in spite of that, as far as I can tell DPF was telling the truth in saying Cunliffe wasn’t attacked by National.

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  19. OneTrack (3,348 comments) says:

    doggone7 – “Their friends, allies and blogsites like this one made it the conversation.”

    I think you will find most of the criticism of Cunliffe was coming from his own team. They were the ones that were upset that he was on holiday while they were still at the coal-face.

    Any centre or centre-right voters (ie many KBers) are quite happy to support Cunliffe doing whatever he wants.

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  20. OneTrack (3,348 comments) says:

    DPF – “Lasted all of 24 hours.”

    It seems to be all they have got. Hopeless.

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  21. Bob (445 comments) says:

    Mr. Foss should have invited Ms. Lorck to go with him. She could have shared pina coladas with him.

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  22. s.russell (1,649 comments) says:

    “Why are not National pushing this issue if Cunliffe having lunch with a sexual predator?”

    Never interrupt an enemy while they are making a mistake. National is wise to just stand clear on issues such as this. It is also called running a clean campaign on issues rather than muckraking. Some people actually appreciate that.

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  23. Yoza (1,926 comments) says:

    How many of these National party quislings have Hawaiian holiday homes?

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  24. Longknives (4,952 comments) says:

    Hawaii is beautiful Yoza! You should get a job and go there some day..

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  25. Yoza (1,926 comments) says:

    Longknives (4,439 comments) says:
    July 26th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Hawaii is beautiful Yoza!

    The indigenous population would probably agree with you, although I think they do not enjoy the beauty from the margins to which they have been banished. Hawaii’s beauty seems to be a privilege to be enjoyed by affluent interlopers like the Keys and Fosses of this world, those who have no qualms ‘holidaying in other people’s misery’

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  26. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    “Hawaii’s beauty seems to be a privilege to be enjoyed by affluent”

    Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. You don’t want to shell out a small fortune to go on holiday and then find you are sharing the destination with Labour voting scum from West Auckland or Wainui.

    The poor can save for ten years and visit their relatives in Aussie, the rest of us want to go somewhere where we will not be robbed or assaulted.

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  27. Duxton (658 comments) says:

    big bruv @ 8.16pm: “The poor can save for ten years and visit their relatives in Aussie, the rest of us want to go somewhere where we will not be robbed or assaulted.”

    I’ll just fix that for you:

    The poor can save for ten years and visit their relatives in Aussie, the rest of us want to go somewhere where we will not be robbed or assaulted by expatriate Labour voters from West Auckland and Wainui.

    There you are. And since the Crusaders are leading, I’ll waive me normal editing fee.

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  28. Richard (103 comments) says:

    I think it’s a legitimate strategy from Lorck. If Foss takes off to Hawaii (at the same time as Key, no less) in the middle of a campaign period then he’s fair game.

    At least David Cunliffe spent his money in New Zealand.

    For the OP to suggest that National had nothing to do with the smear job on David Cunliffe’s break with his kids is shifty. Compliant media has been groomed by this 5th National government to report what works for them.

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