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.
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