The Press on Labour’s need for discipline

July 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

editorial:

Worse than that, however, the attack on Cunliffe was yet another illustration of the continual indiscipline afflicting the Party at present. It also demonstrates Cunliffe’s inability to get his party inside the House and outside focused on what they must do if they are to have any chance at all in the general election.

The attack, which first appeared in the Sunday-Star Times at the weekend, was done behind a veil of anonymity. The source was described as a senior Labour figure, but it could not be discerned from the story whether it was a person in the caucus, two-thirds of which is said to support someone other than Cunliffe, or someone in the wider party. Either way, it seemed calculated to do the maximum harm.

Labour are suggesting the source was not an MP. But that is hard to reconcile with the quotes in the SST:

“We will be having a talk to David at caucus about his work ethic on Tuesday. We’ll be letting him know he’s got two months to turn this around, and we’re backing him and right behind him but he’s got to lift his game.”

The only people who attend caucus on Tuesday are MPs, the Chief of Staff and the President. I assume it isnt Matt McCarten being quoted or the President, so hence it must be an MP.

It was the latest in a series of stories that has put Labour in the headlines all right, but for all the wrong reasons. From Trevor Mallard wittering on with some harebrained thoughts about the genetic reconstitution of moa, to Kelvin Davis breaking with the party line over a contentious highway in Northland, to a half-baked suggestion about changing the burden of proof in rape trials, to Cunliffe’s own cack-handed apology for being a man, the stories are a corrosive distraction from whatever substantive policies Labour is trying to promote. The party’s message is being swamped by them.

And banning some perfumes and cosmetics.

But if Cunliffe wants to present himself as an alternative prime minister, and the party as an alternative government, he must bring some discipline to it. Otherwise, voters will, quite rightly, write him and the party off.

Sound advice.

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24 Responses to “The Press on Labour’s need for discipline”

  1. ashishnaicker (21 comments) says:

    The circus is in town.

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  2. Rich Prick (1,682 comments) says:

    “Otherwise, voters will, quite rightly, write him and the party off.”

    Too late, sorry. In addition to all of that, Cunliffe is sorry about his holiday, sorry about his red scarf – he’s going to give it fewer outings. He’s just boxing on. Sorry, but in the mid to low 20’s and 9.5% as preferred PM, he and the party have been written off. Sorry.

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  3. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    Silent T seems to be is receiving superior advice from Mickey Mouse McCarten and Donald Duck Presland, aka Micky Savage. Those two clowns are pouring petrol on the fire.

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  4. virtualmark (1,513 comments) says:

    I can’t see why Cunliffe can expect to have unity and discipline from a party populated by people that Cunliffe himself has been actively short-sheeting and back-stabbing for the last 6 years.

    If David Cunliffe’s latest shape-shifting is to tell us he leans on his Christian faith (really?) then perhaps he should turn his Bible to the parable of reaping what you sow …

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  5. Paulus (2,608 comments) says:

    Thought I heard of a gnashing of teeth here !

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  6. DJP6-25 (1,376 comments) says:

    A sorry circus all round really.

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  7. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    I hear the Labour campaign war room has been very firm with the caucus that there is only one leader and it is David Cun’liffe.
    To remind everyone (including himself) that he is the leader, David will from now on wear a big pointy hat with his first initial on it.

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  8. flash2846 (274 comments) says:

    So much free advice for Labour. I hope they are not listening.

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  9. mister nui (1,027 comments) says:

    This was Andrew Little, I don’t know how people can’t see that.

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  10. Richard Hurst (846 comments) says:

    Labour is experiencing the long term side affect of Helen Clarks rule. It is taking years to wear off.

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  11. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    Wait… Cunliffe has a red scarf???
    That’s it!! Its the sign I’ve been waiting for, I’m changing my vote to Labour!

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,301 comments) says:

    @ mister nui – I disagree. I reckon the disloyal MP was Clayton Cosgrove.

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  13. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    The backstabbing has the name Butt plug head Cosgrove written all over it.

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  14. thedavincimode (6,719 comments) says:

    lol manolo. The carpet inspector!

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  15. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    I’d put Cosgrove high on the suspect list too. Whichever MP was responsible will have got a minion to actually do it so they could deny it was them.

    Cosgrove is apparently running hoardings that promote himself and try to minimise any link to Labour.
    http://yournz.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/cosgrove-hoarding.jpg

    Interesting to see a hoarding near home that had Cunliffe’s photo on it but the usual strange VotePositive message the most prominent part. This is David Clark territory and he isn’t regarded as a Cunliffe fan but looks loyal to the cause.

    The wind wasn’t so loyal, both Labour and National (featuring John Key) blew away on Monday night.

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  16. backster (2,152 comments) says:

    Judy Collins implied in the house today that the rumour was that it was Andrew Little.

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  17. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    @ Manolo, at least a butt plug would keep some of the sh!t from sloppingeverywhere. Perhaps they should be issued to Mr Cunliffe?

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  18. Dead Earnest (160 comments) says:

    The scary thing is that come 21 September, this spineless male apologist could be leading a Labour, Greens, NZ First, Mana Internet, Maori Government.
    Mobilise the forces, get the message out – We are only one slip up, one badly held Tea Party away from this nightmare scenario.
    NZ don’t let it happen!

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  19. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    “Otherwise, voters will, quite rightly, write him and the party off” – God, Almighty please make it happen. I hate any party that promotes tax and spend policies.

    I think Chief McDonald McCarten is destroying Labour from inside so that his beloved Greens and Mana can get more votes and more lunatics into Parliament……

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  20. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    Dead Earnest (91 comments) says:
    July 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    “We are only one slip up, one badly held Tea Party away from this nightmare scenario”….

    Don’t forget that “Da Bomb” that will come from the backside of Crim DotCon on September 15th…..I don’t get good feeling about this. Wait for gnome Campbell to cover the event live…..

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  21. David Garrett (7,112 comments) says:

    What is it about Labour and totally dishonest photoshopped pics of themselves? Cosgrove last had that much hair and that colour before I went to parliament!! I saw him on parliament TV a while ago and he’s got hardly any transplant left, and its all grey…

    Remember how at every election suddenly the closet lesbian had a stylish hairdo, lipstick, and perfectly straight front teeth? Conversely the pic of Key just down the road looks just like the man I last met a month or two ago…

    Mind you, when you have terrible frights like Cosgrove and Mahuta and Fenton in your caucus you’d have to do something I suppose…

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  22. Rich Prick (1,682 comments) says:

    David Garrett, I suspect the only thing Labour won’t photoshop is the horror in DC’s underpants, he’s very sorry about it.

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  23. Richard (81 comments) says:

    The SST article you draw quotes from is gossip journalism, in a newspaper on it’s last legs. The methods used by the reporter Steve Kilgallon have been criticised by media academics and are indicative of the erosion of broadcasting standards in this country.

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  24. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    Quality of journalism is a problem but it’s something all parties and politicians have to deal with.

    Labour supporters seem to have resigned themselves to defeat and are busy making excuses already. Blaming the media over and over leading into an election campaign is as far from VotePositive as you could get.

    The most notable thing about Cunliffes flights around the country is that the whining continues after the engines are shut down.

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