David Cunliffe returns to business consultancy swamp

Posted: November 18, 2016 by Admin in At the coalface, Class Matters, Economics, Labour Party NZ, New Zealand economy, New Zealand history, New Zealand politics, Workers' rights
Beneath a brief burst of left rhetoric, Cunliffe continued the same Labour politics, adding in a new burst of anti-Chinese racism

Beneath a brief little flourish of left rhetoric, Cunliffe continued the same Labour politics, adding in a new burst of anti-Chinese racism

At the start of this month David Cunliffe announced he would be leaving politics next year and not standing again for Labour.  Cunliffe briefly led the Labour Party (September 2013-2014).

From the economic right of the party Cunliffe strangely excited elements of the New Zealand left in his campaign for the leadership in 2013, by pretending to have moved left.  It was perhaps a sign of the endless capacity for gullibility among chunks of the left that his left feint was taken as good coin.

At Redline we pointed out that he was a fraud and would not be leading the Labour Party left.  Indeed, once he secured the leadership, Cunliffe’s most notable policy was scapegoating Chinese for pushing up house prices.  This odious and slimy politician’s left fan club went suddenly quiet, although really they should have seen it coming – it’s not like anyone has any reason to be naive about Labour and Labour politicians after all the experience we’ve had of them.

Cunliffe is going back to business consultancy, the work he did in the several years before entering parliament (he has also been a diplomat).

Below are pieces we wrote about Cunliffe at the time of his leadership campaign:

David Cunliffe, Richie McCaw and the ISO

Poems by and about David Cunliffe

Labour’s leadership contest: illusions and confusions on the left

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