That didn’t last long

July 9th, 2014 at 11:54 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

It seems Labour leader David Cunliffe’s “sledge pledge”, in which he promised a “positive” election campaign, hasn’t got through to Dunedin South MP .

Curran has branded rival MPs nasty, homophobic and foul-mouthedin an interview with a student newspaper.

The article was published online on Sunday – as Cunliffe was delivering a keynote speech.

“This election campaign is not about dirty tricks or dodgy deals; smear campaigns and a personality cult,” Cunliffe told delegates, including Curran.

Later, he told reporters the public was fed up with political debate centred on personal attacks rather than policy.

“We want to run a clean, positive campaign.”

Asked how he would deal with MPs who indulged in insults he said: “That is for me to think about in the cold of dark of night.”

In an interview with the University of Otago’s Critic newspaper, Curran said Prime Minster John Key was her least favourite MP and that Attorney-General Chris Finlayson was nasty.

She also called North Shore MP Maggie Barry foul-mouthed and alleged Third Whip Jami-Lee Ross had made homophobic comments about NZ First MP Denis O’Rourke during a parliamentary debate.

Yeah, no personal attacks from Labour. Lasted less than a day.

UPDATE: Critic tells me that the interview was done before the pledge. However it still shows how hilarious is that after years of unrelenting attacks and negativity, Labour has suddenly worked out the public don’t like it, and are now saying how they want to run a positive campaign.

 

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14 Responses to “That didn’t last long”

  1. wreck1080 (3,861 comments) says:

    labour must surely qualify as the nasty party?

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  2. RightNow (6,973 comments) says:

    As much as I don’t care for Clare, this is a storm in a tea cup from Andrea Vance.

    Here’s the bit from Critic. It’s really quite mild.

    Once we sat down, I asked her a bit more about other MPs. In answer to “who’s your least favourite,” she responded first with “John Key,” then paused and elaborated with “Chris Finlayson,” because he’s “nasty.” She also commented that “some of the National Party backbenchers are a bit suss.” The conversation shifted slightly to what goes on that we can’t see on Parliament TV, and she noted that there’s a lot that doesn’t go on camera. “Jami-Lee Ross’ homophobic comments to Dennis O’Rourke,” which Clare was disgusted by, are an example of this, and we wouldn’t know it, but Maggie Barry has a “foul mouth.”

    That’s pretty much it. The rest of the article is about nothing much at all. And cheese rolls.

    Is there some personal animosity between Andrea and Clare?

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  3. smttc (735 comments) says:

    “That is for me to think about in the cold of dark of night” WTF?

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  4. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (872 comments) says:

    Curran is one nasty man in Labour’s women…….

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  5. Keeping Stock (10,269 comments) says:

    I wonder what Clare thinks of Clayton Cosgrove’s reference to Nick Smith as “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” a couple of weeks ago, or Cosgrove and Trevor Mallard’s homophobic “Tinkerbell” interjections on Chris Finlayson.

    After all, if Labour wants a campaign which “is not about dirty tricks or dodgy deals; smear campaigns and a personality cult”, it should put its own house in order first.

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  6. Pete George (23,437 comments) says:

    She also didn’t mention Winston Peter’s ‘Savile’ attack on Horan.

    Fairly mild stuff, but also in Critic:

    As we were driving past the University, she asked me, quite flatly, how I managed to be friends with National Party people.

    She’s admitted herself she’s tribal Labour, sad but not surprising to see her rule out friendship based on politics.

    And…:

    I asked her about her fellow MPs and got a couple of gold quotes. Peter Dunne, according to Clare, “fancies himself as quite the hipster … if it would keep him in Parliament he’d sell his grandmother.” She believes that Dunne or Maurice Williamson were the only two MPs who could have jumped to the Internet Party, and firmly denied to me that it was her who was switching.

    That’s a curious claim. I’d have thought Dunne and Williamson would be far further down the likely list than her. I mentioned Dotcom to Dunne last year and he expressed (strongly) no inclination to have anything to do with him.

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  7. Pete George (23,437 comments) says:

    To be fair to Clare on supposedly breaking the sledge pledge this interview was posted on Critic on Sunday but the actual interview seems like it was the day she was on Vote Chat which was over a month earlier, on May 23.

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  8. davidp (3,576 comments) says:

    >That is for me to think about in the cold of dark of night

    This problem means that he’ll pull a Darren Hughes on them, and they’ll be found running naked down a Wellington street at 2am.

    I think that I’ve worked out why Cunliffe has apologised for being a man, and it is connected to dirty negative campaigning. I think that he has been feeling bad that he and Robertson bullied and abused Judith Collins for stopping off at a NZ exporter’s premises on the way to an airport, when Cunliffe is tied up in immigration favours and Labour flew a Minister right across China in order to endorse a donor. Maybe he realises that they look like abusive misogynistic hypocrits, and this is Cunliffe’s way of saying sorry?

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  9. kowtow (8,195 comments) says:

    Of greater interest is how the labour party vote has slipped so much under Clare (Parachutted into South D by Wellington)Curran in that constituency.

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  10. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (872 comments) says:

    Dunedin will still vote for her…..moving on…

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  11. ross001 (193 comments) says:

    I think that he has been feeling bad that he and Robertson bullied and abused Judith Collins for stopping off at a NZ exporter’s premises on the way to an airport

    Yeah quite funny considering the airport was nowhere near the “exporter’s” premises, and you conveniently ignored the fact that Collins’ husband works at said premises. LOL

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  12. goldnkiwi (1,264 comments) says:

    Pete George (22,494 comments) says:

    July 9th, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    Looks like it could be saying vote NAT lol

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  13. publicwatchdog (2,516 comments) says:

    My understanding is that the article was written 6 weeks earlier?

    Penny Bright

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  14. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,570 comments) says:

    My understanding is that you’re batshit crazy Penny.

    As for Curran, she’s wrecked Labours reputation in Dunedin almost fatally. Not to mention well known for her love of the demon drink…

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