Cunliffe’s Red Wedding
The manufactured smear attack against Cunliffe is coming from inside the Party, not outside it. It has been timed to use the 3 month loophole that was quietly built into the rules that allows for the ABCs to pull a coup without having to go through the new voting structure that saw (much to the shock of the ABCs) members and affiliates elect Cunliffe with such a massive majority.
The Daily Blog has been following this attempted destabilisation of Cunliffe’s leadership since the ABCs launched their first strike over Queens Birthday weekend. The ‘Red Wedding’ refers to the moment in Game of Thrones when a large number of characters were killed off in a deceptive move by enemies posing as friends, this attempted coup against Cunliffe is Labour’s own ‘Red Wedding’ moment.
It has been plotted and put together by National who have had the details for weeks. Someone has handed National and the ABCs the info they need to damage the Labour leadership.
The Anyone But Cunliffe gang know that Cunliffe’s desire to win using an MMP derived coalition of the Opposition will put their ambitions on ice. If Cunliffe can form a majority with Greens, IMP and NZ First, the ABCs power and influence within the new Government is greatly reduced. This is happening with the background of Labour’s Party list rankings being decided and my understanding of that list is that the ABCs – with the exception of Kelvin Davis – had all faced a large amount of demotions on the list as the Party started preparing to move the older more defunct members of the ABCs to one side so that new blood could come up, so the ABCs knew their time under Cunliffe was over.
The ABCs have quietly manoeuvred knowing this loophole had been written into the rules and have waited for their moment. Cunliffe has clearly not been informed of the true level of Donghua Liu’s involvement within the Labour Party and that misleading of Cunliffe has been done on purpose. Sellout Shane Jones was overseas with Claire Trevett when Claire suddenly gains knowledge of the loophole rule and writes a column about it, the Nats seem to have been well briefed by ‘someone’ on this issue and Shane’s mates in the ABCs have also all been tipped off.
This is a manufactured smear quickly turning into an attempted coup by those right wing forces within Labour who will never allow a genuinely left Labour Party from ever emerging. These people would prefer to keep control of the losing team rather than lose control of the winning team. They would prefer to ruin Labour’s chances at the polls and gift Key another 3 years and retain their positions than beat Key and lose some of their influence and power. They deserve nothing less than our contempt.
Latest Stuff Poll and mainstream media
Timing of this coup is perfect, days out from the 20th (tomorrow) we now have another bullshit Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll showing Labour plummeting. Let’s remind ourselves that the Fairfax Poll before the last election had National at 54%, they of course won 47%, that’s 7% off for Christ’s sake! It’s so far outside the margin of error, let’s call this poll what it really is, a wet dream propaganda fantasy for mainstream corporate media. The timing of another biased poll however is perfect for the ABCs and a mainstream media who have refused to hold Key to the same standards as they are holding Cunliffe to are happy to troll.
The Standard in denial
When I first called the ABCs out for their attack on social media over Queens Birthday Weekend, the editor of The Standard had a mini meltdown online about me and made all sorts of silly accusations and tantrums in the comment section of a blog written by a failed David Shearer strategist. I’d suggest that the The Standard get over themselves and as the official voice of the Labour Party on line start doing some investigations as to who inside the Party have turned against the leader and set him up. The Standard readers would be far better served by some actual investigation by their anonymous bloggers rather than trite nonsense.
What war with the Left looks like
If this coup against Cunliffe is successful, it will be because the ABCs have made it happen. Their neoliberal lite agenda will use the coat tailing issue of Internet MANA as their rallying call and start hating on the Greens almost immediately. My advice to IMP and the Greens would be, if this happens, that winning 2014 is now unlikely and that each party turn to winning 2017, and doing that requires opening up a left wing front on Labour and ripping them to pieces.
Kelvin Davis and the other ABCs will attack Te Tai Tokerau, MANA should open up Tamaki Makaurau with Willie Jackson as a candidate and Waiariki and Ikaroa-Rawhiti will become battlefronts. Every day IMP and Greens can attack Labour at will, constantly siphoning off more and more voters.
The Labour Party will buy a war with the Left that will make Whaleoil look reasonable.
How the next 24 hours play out will be crucial for Cunliffe and will be crucial for any united front against the Government. If the right wing within Labour are really this selfish and this self mutilating, then burn every one of them.
Winter is coming.