Cunliffe – Rebuilding the future?

David Cunliffe’s big conference speech went down well with Labourites, they have been reinvigorated and their numbers have been inflated by his leadership.

But it’s far from clear how the wider voting public see Cunliffe apart from being a slick politician. That is something for the future.

A major theme in Cunliffe’s spech was the future, his speech was headlined Building a future for all and there was many references to the future.

The house was a stone’s throw from the railway tracks, tracks on which my father’s family worked and which much of the early history of this country was built – with hard labour, with high hopes and fervent dreams of a more prosperous future.

This weekend, our Party sets out together on a challenging but exciting new path. The stakes could not be higher: for the very future of this country and all who live in it.

Helping to create a fairer, more equitable future for all New Zealanders.

3. Building a Future for All

We will restore an effective emissions trading scheme. We will not walk away from our responsibities to the planet, its climate or future generations.

We want a high value, low carbon, renewable energy, smart, clean tech future.

Labour will help New Zealanders look to the future with confidence, in who we are, where we stand, where we are going.

4.  Creating the future

Our mission is to Build a Future for All, including an economy that works for everyone, a fair and just society, an environment we protect, and a nation we can be proud of.

We need to reimagine the future. To rebuild it.

Together, we will build a future for the children in this country who live in poverty, who go to school with empty stomachs, whose parents can’t afford to take them to the doctor when they are ill, who contract Third-World diseases through overcrowding in sub-standard housing.

5. Summary

Together, we will build a future for the children in this country who live in poverty, who go to school with empty stomachs, whose parents can’t afford to take them to the doctor when they are ill, who contract Third-World diseases through overcrowding in sub-standard housing.

We will build a future for the young people who leave school directionless without support, guidance or prospects.

We will build a future with our young people who come out of university with huge loans, fight their way into poorly paid jobs., and who can’t afford to buy a home of their own.

We will build a future with our businesses and exporters held back by the inflexible Reserve Bank Act that sets inflation as its primary target while ignoring the devastating effects of a high exchange rate.

We will build a future with our scientists who, are forced to look overseas for meaningful work

We will build a future with our public servants – our wonderful policewomen and men, our teachers, our nurses and doctors – whose work and worth has been so undermined and demoralized by this destructive Government.

We will build a future with our artists, authors, musicians and performers – who help us to understand not only where we stand in the world, but to feel comfortable in our own skins – and proud of who we are.

Together, we will build a future for all New Zealanders, with an economy that works for all of us, a fair and just society, an environment we protect, and a nation we can all be proud of.

Building a future is an interesting enough concept.

But the first future reference was the most ambitious.

We need to reimagine the future. To rebuild it.

How do you rebuild the future? That could take quite a bit of reimagining what politicians are capable of doing. Even one as confident of his capabilities as David Cunliffe.

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7 Comments

  1. This doesn’t sound like Labour – more like UnitedFuture? The rhetoric is inspiring but in reality???

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  2. Darryl

     /  4th November 2013

    I listened to Cunliffe, and just found him talking out two sides of his mouth. I don’t like him or his policies. He has NO personality and sounds depressing.

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    • Yes – even looking at his photo makes me head for the Panadol 🙂

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    • It will be interesting to see how voters outside the Labour fan zone see Cunliffe. I’ve heard a few independent descriptions, and generally not complimentary. He is certainly a contrast to John Key’s style.

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      • Interesting thing is for me it’s making me look twice and actually THINK harder about New Zealand’s direction. That has to be good with the kind of contrast as you say.

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      • Darryl

         /  4th November 2013

        Cunliffe is just so boring, and has no substance to anything he chants. I don’t find anything he says convincing. Quite frankly anyone with intelligence would be very wary of him. He just looks Smug and untrustworthy. Nah not for us.

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