Top tweets about David Cunliffe’s Labour leadership trust fund

David Cunliffe
Bryce Edwards

This is a selection of some of the tweets about the revelations that Labour leader David Cunliffe used a trust fund to collect donations for his leadership campaign last year. The tweets below are in (rough) reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. [Read more below]

David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf 

What bad timing for Labour/Cunliffe. By chance the No 2 Government bill due for debate today is the Electoral Amendment Bill.

Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng 

$9500. If NZ had a #houseofcards, would our Remy Denton get enough for a #livingwage?

Rob Hosking ‏@robhosking 

I expect Labour folk will be getting out their Billy Bragg CDs. The Myth of Trust.

Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler 

How can you return the money if you don't know who the donors were?

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

Has anyone asked what @DavidCunliffeMP needed the donations for? What would you need to pay for?

Edward Bowie ‏@edbowie 

@BillyRalston the portrait.

Lew ‏@LewSOS 

The NZ Labour Party do not deserve to win the 2014 general election. And that's a damned shame for the Greens.

Nick Cross ‏@NW_Cross 

This ones about trusts

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

I have to admit that @DavidCunliffeMP is making far too many errors and has completely lost the initiative. Not good in an election year.

Tim Murphy ‏@tmurphyNZH 

@BillyRalston Almost as if a House of Cards-ish force is at work....

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

@tmurphyNZH You might say that, I couldn't possibly comment [throw back to the UK version]

Hamish Price ‏@hamishpricenz 

@BillyRalston @tmurphyNZH AND the US version. Spacey says it in the first episode of series 1!

Hamish Keith ‏@hamish_keith 

Did any Cunliffe donations come in plain envelopes and anonymously at his request - if not - give it up

Hamish Price ‏@hamishpricenz 

@hamish_keith Hard to believe Presland contacted Cunliffe's former colleague at Boston Consulting about donation without Cunliffe knowing.

Vernon Small ‏@VernonSmall 

Respectfully suggest if your household income is north of $500,000 and a leadership contest costs $20,000 .... pay for it yourself.

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc 

Of Trusts Regretted and Accounts Forgotten: a short history of NZ Labour leadership since 2012.

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ 

Congrats to @GregPresland for getting Tony Gibbs,@SelwynPellett, Perry Keenan etc to donate to trust w/out @DavidCunliffeMP knowing about it

michael fletcher ‏@fletchermj 

@nzdodo You can have an election Trust or the electors' trust - but not both

Jolisa Gracewood ‏@nzdodo 

And now we're all saying "trust" like it's a bad thing. #newspeak

michael fletcher ‏@fletchermj 

@nzdodo You can have an election Trust or the electors' trust - but not both

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ 

So it was a secret trust run by MickeySavage from @thestandard. Hilarious! #nzpol …

Eric Crampton ‏@EricCrampton 

@MatthewHootonNZ I'm sure I remember folks at @thestandard giving me heck when I'd referred to it as a Labour blog. Hmm.

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress 

@robhosking This is really only a political management issue, which is why@MatthewHootonNZ is all over it, but … oh dear. @thestandard

Rob Hosking ‏@robhosking 

@MatthewHootonNZ @thestandard !!!

Cactus Kate ‏@CactusKate2 

Why didn't @DavidCunliffeMP just pay for his own campaign?

David Slack ‏@DavidSlack 

So farewell, then 'tricky'. You were the best word we could find for Cunliffe but now he's given us one himself and we're all about Trust

Rupert Bore ‏@RupertTheBeer 

Has Cunliffe conceded the 2014 Election already? How on Earth is Key abler to school Labour on the use of trusts? …

Hamish Price ‏@hamishpricenz 

@MatthewHootonNZ @thestandard I wonder if @davidcunliffemp has paid income tax on the donations?

James Meager ‏@JamesMeager 

Does the Cunliffe-anonymous-donors story have any legs? These kinds of stories give you the feeling they might blow up ala Banks-Dotcom.

Joshua Hitchcock ‏@jcphitchcock 

Aww, look at David Cunliffe hiding campaign donations in a secret trust like all the other middle class people in NZ.

The Ruminator ‏@RuminatorNZ 

Credit where credit's due to Cunliffe. Has a "secret trust", manufactures a war in the Ukraine to cover it up #wagthedog

Marcus Cook ‏@MarcusDCook 

Would Cunliffe be happy if the Rena's owners paid the entire amount anonymously through a trust?

Michael Woodhouse MP ‏@WoodhouseMP 

Mr Cunliffe and the word trust in the same news article. Not in quite the way he was hoping...

Nick Cross ‏@NW_Cross 

I for one applaud Cunliffe's openness about hiding his donations from the register of pecuniary interests by using a trust.

Nick Cross ‏@NW_Cross 

"I didn't know the money came from Dotcom - Cunliffe" - Predicted headline ~6 weeks from now

David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf 

Trying to decide who is happier over the Cunliffe secret trust for his donations story -@grantrobertson1 or @matuashane or @johnkeypm

Hamish Price ‏@hamishpricenz 

@MatthewHootonNZ @clarecurranmp @dpfdpf @nzlabour Funny that this story was leaked straight after McCarten joined Cunners' office.

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ 

BREAKING: New @nzlabour leader @DavidCunliffeMP endorses @NZNationalParty's old#waitematatrust arrangement #nzpol


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