Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett…
David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’
Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series featuring political leaders and their partners at home.
Eyebrows were raised at Parliament today after Mr Cunliffe missed Labour’s weekly caucus meeting and the chance to question the Prime Minister in Parliament’s question time, in favour of delivering a speech to a business audience for the Institute of Directors in Auckland.
TV3 has also revealed problems getting Mr Cunliffe to take part in a series in which John Campbell interviews the political leaders and their partners over a home-cooked meal, and he had pulled out of two proposed dates.
…astoundingly, Trevett reports that Cunliffe is ‘chicken’ and running scared because Cunliffe decided to talk to the Institute of Directors in Auckland and because there had been a clash of times in the glad handling behind the scenes Women’s Day-esk family at home routine which quite frankly should be beneath Campbell Live.
This on the same fucking day that John Key pulls out of a debate on housing affordability that bloody Key himself had challenged Cunliffe to…
PM won’t debate Cunliffe over housing
The Prime Minister says he will not debate David Cunliffe on housing prior to the election campaign.
Yesterday Mr Key challenged the Labour leader to a debate on housing policy during the post-Cabinet media conference. It follows Mr Cunliffe’s comment that National’s housing policy is “disgusting”.
Mr Key said at the briefing that “if David Cunliffe wants to have a bit of a chat about it on nationwide TV, I’m more than happy to do so. Yeah, we’ll call it the first debate, I’m looking forward to it.”
…Key chickens out on appearing in a debate that he himself demanded on an issue a thousand times more important to NZers than a soft pap piece and Claire Trevett has the gall to report Cunliffe is the chicken???
The petty crap that makes headlines regarding Cunliffe should be taught in media classes as examples of why public broadcasting is so vital for the quality of democracy.
This is bullshit.