Robertson and Cunliffe's bizarre show of unity

by Toby Manhire / 26 August, 2013
Spot the difference between the Labour leader candidates’ declarations on Facebook.
Perhaps the most important question in the contest for the Labour leadership is what separates the two likeliest candidates, Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe.

Judging by their candidacy announcements on Facebook, not a lot.

Robertson’s declaration, posted yesterday, begins:

Today, I am announcing that I am seeking the leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party.


Cunliffe’s, posted this afternoon, starts like this:

Today, I am announcing that I am seeking the leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party.


Robertson’s continues:

I offer a new generation of leadership that can unify our Party, and lead us to victory in 2014. I am proud of the Labour Party; our history, our values and our people.


And Cunliffe’s:

I offer a new generation of leadership that can unify our Party, and lead us to victory in 2014. I am proud of the Labour Party; our history, our values and our people.


Robertson:

My vision is for a country that is proud and optimistic about its future. We have got to regain some hope. New Zealanders are tired of the short term fixes and deals, and the failed ideas of the past. We must look ahead and govern for tomorrow as much as for today. We need to build the country that our grandchildren want to live in- prosperous, fair and environmentally aware.


Cunliffe:

My vision is for a country that is proud and optimistic about its future. We have got to regain some hope. New Zealanders are tired of the short term fixes and deals, and the failed ideas of the past. We must look ahead and govern for tomorrow as much as for today. We need to build the country that our grandchildren want to live in- prosperous, fair and environmentally aware.


Robertson concludes:

I am excited by the opportunity this leadership contest provides to meet and hear from members and supporters and to put my case. I give my commitment that I will undertake this contest with respect for other nominees and to our Party.


Let’s get into it.


Cunliffe ends a little differently – with an emphasis on the “little”:

I am excited by the opportunity this leadership contest provides to meet and hear from members and supporters and to put my case. I give my commitment that I will undertake this contest with respect for other nominees and to our Party.


Cunliffe, or his Facebook-keeper, is pasting from precisely the same hymn sheet, it appears, apart from the getting into it.



As the eagle-eyed Laura McQuillan, who spotted the remarkable facsimile, wondered, “Who's to blame, Cunliffe or a Labour staffer?”

But she’s too cynical: it’s clearly a show of unshakable unity.

Update: A glitch, a palpable glitch!



The post has now been deleted, but fun while it lasted.
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

The Guns of Navarone writer knew he had to have a Kiwi hero
71551 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z History

The Guns of Navarone writer knew he had to have a …

by Charles Hamlin

When Alistair Stuart MacLean sent his heroes up a sheer cliff, he knew he had to have a New Zealander in charge.

Read more
NZ spied on Japan to help US - NSA document
71615 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z World

NZ spied on Japan to help US - NSA document

by Craig McCulloch

Leaked US documents reveal Kiwi spies gathered information about Japan at a whaling conference, then passed it onto the NSA ahead of a crucial vote.

Read more
Mustard with your mustelid? The future of ethical protein eating
70342 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z Innovation

Mustard with your mustelid? The future of ethical …

by Margo White

If we want to feed the masses without wrecking the planet with more intensive agriculture, we might need to reframe our attitude to insects.

Read more
Thomas Oliver is in a soul frame of mind
71574 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z Music

Thomas Oliver is in a soul frame of mind

by James Belfield

Last year’s Silver Scroll winner has a new album and is all set to go on tour.

Read more
Art of disruption: Fafswag's alternative look at the Pacific body
70635 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z Arts

Art of disruption: Fafswag's alternative look at t…

by Anthony Byrt

A group of young artists are making sure their voices are heard in the discussion of decolonisation and the representation of Pacific bodies.

Read more
My life in clothes: Rebecca Zephyr Thomas on glamour and grunge
70622 2017-04-26 00:00:00Z Style

My life in clothes: Rebecca Zephyr Thomas on glamo…

by Rose Hoare

Photographer Rebecca Zephyr Thomas describes how an anti-fashion phase has stuck with her through her life.

Read more
Phil Goff's half year looms with big fiscal hopes still alive
71557 2017-04-25 00:00:00Z Politics

Phil Goff's half year looms with big fiscal hopes …

by Todd Niall

Auckland's mayor Phil Goff is approaching his six-month mark in office saying he believes his two big budget ideas will eventually come through.

Read more
The forgotten tragedy of Kiwi heroes and the inspiration of The Guns of Navarone
71507 2017-04-25 00:00:00Z History

The forgotten tragedy of Kiwi heroes and the inspi…

by Charles Hamlin

A forgotten tragedy befell our first Special Forces in Churchill’s second bid for the Dardanelles.

Read more