Bob Jones on Cunliffe’s lies


In Bob’s Herald opinion piece today, he tears Colin Craig a new one, but the more pertinent bit is buried in the middle of the article

Driving to the office a week ago I heard David Cunliffe on the radio and was staggered as everything he said was a wilful deceit. First, he lambasted the PM for not sacking Judith Collins given that he sacked Pansy Wong, for what he claimed was an identical offence.

That’s outrageous. Pansy Wong used public funds to pay for her and her husband’s trip to Asia, solely to pursue her husband’s business, which in Britain and Australia might have put her in prison. Collins’ case was vastly different, being one of principle and somewhat of a media beat-up.

Then Cunliffe explained that he wanted to introduce capital gains tax as farmers and people trading houses are not liable for tax. ?

He knows that’s untrue. Given Cunliffe’s already exposed deceit about his CV, his trust and other matters, one would think he would be cautious, but apparently not so.

In the office I received a call from a Labour MP friend and I expressed my concern at such dishonesty by someone who might be Prime Minister by year end. It’s the same with his line about living in the worst house in the street in one of Auckland’s plusher suburbs, he told me. In fact, he said, it’s arguably the best, the previous owners being an architect and decorator who’d completely gutted it and did an impressive rebuilding job.

Voters sometimes claim that all politicians are liars. It’s not true, most being strictly honest.

I cannot think of any prominent past New Zealand politician doing as Cunliffe does, to use his own clumsy word which he applied to the PM: “untruths”

The whole thing is a train wreck. ?The Labour Party membership “democratically” voted Cunliffe into a position where he is the least liked, least respected and worst performing opposition leader the Labour Party have had the joy to experience.

Due to the machinations of MMP, this man may still become Prime Minister. ?Propped up by the likes of Russel Norman, Winston Peters, Hone Harawira and his visionary?cheque book Kim Dotcom.