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Herald on Cunliffe

One of the good things the NZ Herald does every three years is an extensive background piece on the Leader of the Opposition, and hence potential next Prime Minister. These stories take months to compile, but they are very useful at painting a picture of the person who may be the country’s next leader.

Their lengthy piece on David Cunliffe is here. It’s very interesting, and I especially like the section on him and Karen.

I am of the view that most MPs are in politics for the right reasons – because they sincerely think they can make NZ a better place. Around 10% to 15% are ratbags. The rest, one may disagree with their views and policies – but they are well motivated. I include David Cunliffe in this category.

While iPredict says he has only a 16% chance of becoming Prime Minister, a lot can happen in 77 days.

Here’s an extract from the article:

He met Karen Price, a law and music student, in the first week of the university year. Within six months they were engaged, a year later they were married; the bride was 19, the groom 21. They met at the “Knox [hostel] Hop” during orientation week. Her friend and his roommate went as a date and they tagged along as chaperones.

“I thought he was pretty dishy,” says Price. “He was tall, countryboyish with a long blond afro and a washboard stomach. I thought he was very attractive.”

Cunliffe: “We became part of a peer group that all got to know each other. I think we ended up going out four or five months later. We had some classes together; we were in the legal systems tutorial of Mark Heneghan, Dean of Law now. I think it’s fair to say the other kids didn’t get a word in edge ways.”

Prof Heneghan noticed: “It was nice to see them moving closer to each other and the little glances back and forwards,” he recalled in a 2013 interview. “They were pretty keen on each other right from day one. They were the strongest arguers against each other.”

Cunliffe talks first about her smarts (and his) when asked what appealed. “She was an outstanding student, [there was] a huge intellectual connection, very much a match of equals.” Prompted, he adds: “A lot of attraction as well, dashing Scandinavian good-looks on her part.

Very cool.

In April, she attended his 20th birthday “as a guest, not an item”, and in April he proposed. When he decides something, he moves fast, she says.

That’s very fast. From dating to engagement in less than a month, but sounds like they had been moving towards each other for most of the year.

The Herald also has 10 things you may not know about him:

  1. He played Jesus in the school play.
  2. His “little” brother, Stephen, is 6’7″ and an expert on the Patagonian toothfish.
  3. He has a half-brother and three half-sisters.
  4. His great-grandfather married King Dick Seddon’s sister.
  5. He helped his half-brother, Bill, through a life crisis.
  6. He scared the pants off Michael Laws when they were at Uni together.
  7. He caught a salmon in memory of his father at the spot on the Rangitata River where he died of a heart attack.
  8. He was voted most likely to be a world leader by fellow scholarship students at Atlantic College in Wales.
  9. His father, a vicar, remarried eight months after the death of his first wife.
  10. The William Cunliffe who died in the Brunner mine disaster of 1896 may be a relative.

There’s a follow up next weekend focusing more on his life since becoming an MP.

Political commenator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.

Comments and questions

I would not usuallly vote Labour but Cunliffe is the best hope of toppling Key, and for a politicain I think he has a good heart, so he gets my vote.

And along with Cunliffe you will need Norman, and his lot, Mana and DotCom and Winston First to form a coalition government..Good luck.

Have you forgotten Key needed Banks, who has been convicted.

Cunliffe may need Norman, but Norman needs Cunliffe more so. This will require consensus, which is a good thing. Start working out what this means, then you'll recognise its just a game of politics from the opposition.

In the past I have voted for Bob Jones, Helen Clark, John Key, Russell Norman, Winston Peters, mainly to reduce the power base of the government of the time. The Mana/Internet Party have policies to make the power of the internet better for us all. With social media, its the best way of keeping the power players more honest. And thats a good think. Havent decided yet, but the only one I'm ruling out is National.

On that, its clear this Key government is not listening to the people with (amongst other things) the stop the sale of assets referendum taken no notice of. When the National Government election slogan is Team Key, its plain to see this is a one man show and its time to stop this dictator from transferring more wealth to the select few..

Despite the mainstream media right-wing bias, which is undeniable, and National party backers like Farrar, despite the discourse that they are putting into the mediascape, the personal attacks and the like, I see so many people tired of the goings-on the Nats get up to, letting our wonderful little country down, and I reckon a big exciting change is in the air. About time too ay.

Cunliffe is a leader of one of the parties adhering to the politics of envy (almost all except ACT and, sometimes, National).

From Labour’s recently released Policy Platform document.

“1.11 Equality/Oritetanga: Our vision of a just society is founded on equality and fairness. Labour believes that social justice means that all people should have equal access to social, economic, cultural, political, and legal spheres regardless of wealth, gender, ethnicity, or social position. Labour says that no matter the circumstances of our birth, we are each accorded equal opportunity to achieve our full potential in life. *We believe in more than just equal opportunities—we believe in equality of outcomes.*” (Emphasis added.)

It is impossible to achieve equality of outcomes other than by dragging down to the lowest everyone who is better or more advanced than the lowest. The Labour Party’s posture and pretense, as with those of the other parties on the left seeks to portray them as man-lovers, but they are not — for the inevitable consequence of their policies, if carried into effect, would be to destroy the well-being of all. They are adherents to the politics of envy and are deliberately doing so, or are oblivious to or agnostic about the consequences.

Whatever seemingly nice things may be found in the Cunliffe biography, you cannot get around the fact that he is advocating policies of destruction, wrapped up in a sugar coating.

Yeah, I can see why that would bother you bro. But I think he means outcomes like legal outcomes, health outcomes, education outcomes. It's a bit of a stretch how you are reading it but i guess that reading is the only way to criticise that statement of Cunliff's, so well done for trying ay.