Garner – Labour MPs to lose the election then roll Cunliffe

Duncan Garner said on RadioLive today that the ABC (Anyone But Cunliffe) Club in Labour’s caucus is back. David Cunliffe’s leadership is in trouble already.

The ABC Club is back, MPs and staff are on a go-slow, they have decided Cunliffe can lose the election and they will roll him then.

The ABC Club, I am told, is back. The ABC Club is anyone but Cunliffe, they kept him out of the leadership and went for people like David Shearer who shouldn’t have even been on the front bench really let alone a leader.  But they went with Shearer because no one wanted Cunliffe.

The ABC Club is led by people like Trevor Mallard, I haven’t got a huge amount of time for Trevor any more, we’ve had a few scraps. Mallard’s in there, he’s a lifelong member. Annette King as well, it’s pretty fair to say she’s in there. Clayton Cosgrove. There’s a few others as well. Shearer.

And they’re a bit unhappy so they’ve reformed again and are just having a bit of a chat about how poorly performing Mr Cunliffe has been this year.

They’re not going to roll him. They’re just concerned he’s not delivering on his promises.

I’m told that there’s a bit of a go slow. Some of the MPs and the staff have decided well he can lose the election and we’ll rol him straight after the election.

A go slow, that’s what I’m told, they won’t roll him but they’re not working hard for him.

That’s quite remarkable. It’s not very surprising, there’s been many signs and many people are talking and blogging about it. It’s not surprising to have confirmed that Cunliffe is struggling, that’s been obvious.

But it’s remarkable that MPs might go on a go-slow and not help.

That could mean disaster for about at the election. Those who are not helping may feel they will be safe enough in safe electorates or high enough on the list.

But it would be extremely selfish, self serving, and is not just kicking Cunliffe while he’s struggling, this would be a major kick in the guts for Labour.

What the hell are they thinking.

Some are saying that some in Labour have given up on winning the election. There were notable absences from their front bench in Parliament yesterday, including Cunliffe who appears to have been away rehearsing for some media contact today – see Cunliffe well rehearsed on Firstline.

Trevor Mallard seems to be back running Labour’s show in Parliament, dominated by a bizarre obsession – see Groundduck day.

Full transcript of Garner this afternoon:

I just want to say something about David Cunliffe. He’s facing tough times as the Labour leader.

I’ve spoken to a couple of Labour Party sources, one a current member of the caucus and one a past member of the caucus – a former MP and a current MP.

They’re unimpressed and there’s some murmurings about David Cunliffe. They’re unimpressed with his performance and start to this year.

They quite liked what they saw last year but are concerned that he’s derailed himself as the Labour leader, that he said he was going to take it to John Key and he hasn’t.

And he’s been unorganised and he’s lost his chief of staff. My understanding is that staff are a bit unhappy around the leader’s office and they’re unimpressed with his start to the year.

I’ll take you back to the start of the year – this is what people are telling me, I’m not saying he’s going to be rolled.

Indeed I’ve been told the opposite by these two people, he is safe as the leader in to the election but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has widespread support, he never did, remember he didn’t get all caucus voting for him.

The ABC Club, the Anyone But Cunliffe Club, was put on ice. It was put on ice when Cunliffe got the job as leader because he looked after a few of them.

The ABC Club, I am told, is back. The ABC Club is anyone but Cunliffe, they kept him out of the leadership and went for people like David Shearer who shouldn’t have even been on the front bench really let alone a leader.  But they went with Shearer because no one wanted Cunliffe.

The ABC Club is led by people like Trevor Mallard, I haven’t got a huge amount of time for Trevor any more, we’ve had a few scraps. Mallard’s in there, he’s a lifelong member. Annette King as well, it’s pretty fair to say she’s in there. Clayton Cosgrove. There’s a few others as well. Shearer.

And they’re a bit unhappy so they’ve reformed again and are just having a bit of a chat about how poorly performing Mr Cunliffe has been this year.

It started at the start of the year with the Baby Bonus. He told everybody that they were going to get it if they had a baby but the truth of the matter was is that they weren’t because if you were getting Paid Parental leave you weren’t going to get it.

This was his first mistake.

Cunliffe: For fifty nine thousand families with a new born babies, they will get a Best Start  payment of $60 a week for the first year of their child’s life.

That was all very good, then Cunliffe apologised, remember, and this is where the team and Labour MPS and staff members got really down in the mouth about it all, because they thought they had this big massive policy, and they did, 1.5 billion.

But the problem is he sold it terribly and had to back down and apologise in the next couple of days.

Cunliffe: Look I think one part of that drafting could have been better, which is the word ‘will’ probably should in hindsight have said ‘can’. I can’t say that I was the primary draft-person of that particular sentence.

Journalist: Ouch. Heads rolling.

Cunliffe: No.

Well you see that’s the worst thing, he blamed one of the staff members as well.

And then this week he made some really bizarre claims. I think he stuffed this one up actually.

He said “John Key spent time in the money markets and has a personal fortune, which is many times our reasonably middle range existence”, speaking about him and his wife.

Cunliffe’s salary as Leader of the Opposition is not middle range, he gets $268,500. That’s in the top 0.5% income earners in New Zealand.

His wife is a top partner in a law firm. Now if you’re a top partner in a law firm you’re taking home close to half a million dollars a year.

You can say no he’s not and no she’s not but she is because she’s a top commercial lawyer. 

So David saying his reasonably middle range existence involves probably six to seven hundred thousand dollars per annum. That, New Zealand, is a lie. He does not have a middle range existence when you’re earning six to seven thousand dollars, ok, that’s the problem.

He also said then that he bought the worst house in the best street. It was a do-up he said it was probably a bit average in the area.

It is not, it is on Marine Parade, I’m just calling it, I just want to tell the truth. It’s on Marine Parade in Herne Bay, ok, and it’s worth two and a half million, three million dollars, ok, that is not an average house. 

So there’s concern, there is concern in the Labour camp. They’re not going to roll him. They’re just concerned he’s not delivering on his promises.

I’m told that there’s a bit of a go slow. Some of the MPs and the staff have decided well he can lose the election and we’ll roll him straight after the election.

A go slow, that’s what I’m told, they won’t roll him but they’re not working hard for him.

Interesting isn’t it.

Interesting indeed. Labour are already going backwards in the polls – see previous post. This could be disastrous – if true of course, bet there is a number of signs that Labour is in dire trouble.

Audio link.

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