Here are my picks for Cunliffe’s Shadow Cabinet, now before I start, I need to explain that I’m viewing this through the lens of my theory that Cunliffe has to win the 2014 election or the ABCs who voted in such overwhelming numbers against the wishes of the Unions & members will cut him down. So Cunliffe must win and to win he has to take risks and think outside the square, otherwise he becomes a political footnote rather than a legacy.
Here is how Cunliffe wins, he uses undiluted left wing political vision to attract as many of the 800 000 enrolled non-voters as he can utilizing a massive wall of Social media while using MMP to maximize Green vote in general seats and MANA in the Maori electorates.
I’ve read Patrick Gower’s thoughts and he’s 30% right, which is a damned sight better than his usual 10%. It’s the highest irony that I started this blog based on the appalling manufactured leadership crisis concocted by Gower and the other right wing media pundits. There was never a coup at Conference, what the msm saw was the affiliates and the members demanding actual democratic processes, and the staggering result and numbers in which they participated bears that momentum out. The ABCs were more than happy to manipulate the concocted coup story for political ends and banish Cunliffe to the backbenches, so I’ll take what Gower and co have to say with as much skepticism as I hold Beltway media’s claims of Robertson being the lead contender.
Paddy is right in that David needs to seize the initiative and momentum mandated to him by the affiliates and members, sadly for Mr Gower however, he’s not actually listened to what the unions and members want.
Gower’s equation is
-Take 2 percent off the Greens.
-Get 2 percent from amongst the 800,000 people who registered but didn’t vote.
-Take 2 percent off National in the centre ground (actually a 4 percent swing, because for every vote Labour gains, National loses one).
I disagree. The membership didn’t say ‘go bash the Greens’. If Cunliffe wants to win in 2014, he needs to use an MMP eye to view the Greens as a strength, not a punching bag. Paddy is just using base game tactics, not the nuance Cunliffe requires.
Cunliffe should instead focus more on the 800 000 non-voters that Gower identifies but aim for far higher than 2% by using social media.
70% of National voters don’t know someone unemployed, Cunliffe’s message of inequality is invisible to a large chunk of National voters, this is time wasting.
So 30% for Mr Gower.
However, I digress. My picks for Cunliffe’s Shadow Cabinet are….
David Cunliffe- Leader, Spokesperson for Finance, Spokesperson on SIS,
Let’s start with a zinger. I think Cunliffe should take Finance. Next years election will be on the economy and the crony capitalism Key embodies. What better way to lead than take on Finance? Not since Muldoon has a PM also held Finance, which only serves to add to the power of the stance. It’s staunch and Cunliffe’s return justification will be ‘2014 is about the economy and I’m taking Finance so I can personally hold Bill English and John Key to account in Parliament’.
David Parker- Deputy Leader, Spokesperson for SOEs, Associate Spokesperson for Finance, Shadow Attorney General, Spokesperson for trade negotiations
I just don’t think with the bitterness displayed by the ABCs that Grant can be a serious contender for Deputy. David Parker is a much more fair and sensible pair of hands and his being Associate on Finance gives Leader and Deputy and shared front on the issue that will define the 2014 election. My heart wants Louisa Wall as Deputy, but my brain says Parker. With the TPPA looming as a genuine threat to NZ economic sovereignty, Parker has the smarts to keep NZ safe.
Grant Robertson- Spokesperson on Social Development
Grant now knows he needs a far wider media profile than he has if he ever wants a shot at leader again. He could bring a civil rights aspect to Social Welfare that is sorely lacking in the debate in an authentic way that builds his and the Party’s mana. Jacinda has not managed to hit Paula Bennett once so far, and Robertson could give it the edge she lacks.
Annette King- Spokesperson for Health
She may be the queen of the ABCs, but she is a very talented MP with a secure handle on Health. The cut backs that Ryall has managed to gloss over are starting to appear now and Annette could make some difficult days ahead on a front that has been off the political radar. It also pays to keep Annette close.
Shane Jones- Spokesperson on Employment, Spokesperson on Skills and Training, Spokesperson on Regional Development, Spokesperson for Maori development
The Jonsey talked a good talk, let’s see him walk the walk.
Chris Hipkins- Spokesperson for Education
Despite the appalling abuse he dumped on Cunliffe, Hipkins is a powerhouse in Education and it would be a real loss if bridges could not be mended here for the good of the Party.
Jacinda Ardern- Spokesperson for communications & IT, Spokesperson for Broadcasting, Spokesperson for Arts, Culture & Heritage, Spokesperson for Auckland
I am a big supporter of Jacinda, but she hasn’t managed to hit Paula Bennett. Her skills would be far better utilized in IT, Broadcasting and Arts and Culture. She also needs to win back her seat in Auckland Central and being a spokesperson for a city she is so closely connected to would boost that.
Nanaia Mahuta- Spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Spokesperson for children
It’s time for Nanaia to prove Cunliffe’s faith in her.
Sue Moroney- Chief whip, Spokesperson ACC, Spokesperson early childhood education, Spokesperson women’s affairs, Associate Spokesperson for education
Sue has never been given the respects she is due, as Chief whip she will.
Carol Beaumont- jnr whip, Spokesperson for labour, Associate Spokesperson for Employment, Skills and Training
The Unions have spoken, Carol will be listening.
Louisa Wall- Spokesperson for tourism, Spokesperson for the Voluntary & Community sector, Associate Spokesperson for Health, Associate Spokesperson for Sport and Recreation, Associate Spokesperson for Arts, Culture & Heritage
Louisa is a Labour Party super star and deserves more, she should be Deputy.
Damien O’Connor- Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Spokesperson for forestry, Spokesperson for food safety
Andrew Little- Spokesperson for Justice, Spokesperson for Police, Spokesperson for Corrections
While voting against his very own Unions for leader, Andrew is a brain and knows how to deal with tough associations. His blunt methods are required here.
Su’a William Sio- Spokesperson on immigration, Spokesperson on local gov, Spokesperson pacific island affairs, Spokesperson on interfaith dialogue
Has worked hard, deserves Immigration.
Clayton Cosgrove- Spokesperson for Commerce, Spokesperson for earthquake com, associate finance
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.
Phil Twyford- Spokesperson for housing, Associate spokesperson for Environment, Transport Spokesperson
There is a special place in hell for Aucklanders who back Wellingtonians over Aucklanders, Phil should be lucky for what he gets.
Maryan Street- Spokesperson for environment, Spokesperson for disarmament & arms control, Associate Spokesperson for foreign affairs
David Clark- Spokesperson for economic development, sp for small business, Spokesperson Science & innovation
Should pick up Science and innovation, has the brains for it.
Phil Goff- Spokesperson on foreign affairs & trade, Spokesperson for state services, Spokesperson for defense
Keep him where he is.
Megan Woods- Spokesperson for chch transport issiues, Associate spokesperson for science & innovation
Trevor Mallard- Shadow Leader of the House, Spokesperson for Sport & Recreation, spokesperson for internal Affairs
Has skills in the House, loves his bloody sports portfolio, has the contacts in Internal Affairs, no need to start open warfare with Trevor.
Moana Mackey- Spokesperson for tertiary ed, Spokesperson youth affairs, Spokesperson for Energy, Spokesperson for climate change, Associate spokesperson arts, culture & heritage
Deserves more, is a really smart MP.
Ian Lees-Galloway- Spokesperson for Consumer Rights & Standards, , Associate Spokesperson for health, Associate spokesperson for economic development
Kris Faafoi- Associate Spokesperson on Health
Ruth Dyson- Spokesperson for Canterbury Earthquake recovery, Spokesperson for Civil Defence & Emergency management, Spokesperson for Conservation, Spokesperson for Senior Citizens, Spokesperson for disability issues, Spokesperson for Land information
Rajen Prasad- Spokesperson on Ethnic Affairs, Spokesperson for Social Inclusion, Associate Spokesperson for Social Development, Associate Spokesperson for Justice<
Raymond Huo- Spokesperson for building & construction, Spokesperson for Statistics, Spokesperson for Export Education, Associate Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs
Rino Tirikatene- Spokesperson on Customs, Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Associated Spokesperson for Maori Affairs
Failed to impress to date.
Ross Robertson- Spokesperson for Racing, Associate Spokesperson for Disarmament (small Arms and light weapons)
Will be leaving soon.
Meka Whaitiri- Associate Spokesperson for Housing, Associate Spokesperson for Regional Development.
Too early to tell.
David Shearer- Associate Spokesperson foreign affairs
He should get something.
Darien Fenton- Spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs
Backed the wrong horse.
Clare Curran- Spokesperson for open gov, Associate spokesperson for Local Government
Homophobia? Way out of line.
Next: Cunliffe’s first 100 days