This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all morning. Yes, Labour’s gagging of David Cunliffe is funny enough [if true]. But Brian Edward’s description of Silent ‘T’ and his speech-making had me rolling around the floor.
But the real reason [for the gagging] was the party’s reaction to a ‘positioning’ speech given by Cunliffe to the New Lynn Women’s Branch of the Labour Party on 29 April. Judy and I both considered the speech brilliant…
Anyway, ‘the top team’ didn’t like Cunliffe’s brilliant speech and he was apparently bawled out by Shearer and others and told the speech was’ naive and stupid’ … This is so utterly stupid that it beggars belief. Cunliffe is not only intellectually brilliant, he is by far Labour’s most accomplished debater in the House and on television and radio.
I love it. Did you spot the use of the word “brilliant”? Brilliant, isn’t it.
And not only is The Great Man intellectually brilliant (and it’s the way the “not only” is used that really gets me—like “not only is Antarctica cold, it has penguins as well!)--not only is The Great Cunliffe intellectually brilliant but he can talk as well! My god! ( Can he can walk on water too, Brian? Be sure and let us know, won’t you.)
And that speech! Not only brilliant, but doubly brilliant.
- We both considered the speech brilliant!
- Yes! Both me and my wife!
Boy, oh boy! You can just feel the puppy dog’s tail wagging, can’t you.
It’s just possible the only one with a higher regard for Cunliffe’s brilliance than Cunliffe himself (and that’s saying something) is Brian. And his wife.
But seriously, Brian (and Judy, if you’re reading) you surely both have to be kidding.
Because if your evidence for this “brilliance” is that speech you and your wife both loved (“we both considered the speech brilliant”), then I hate to break it to you. Because of brilliance or vision there was none.
UPDATE: It gets even more hilarious. Chris Trotter goes in to bat for the “compellingly radical” Cunliffe, concluding “this sort of overt factional squabbling has not been seen in the Labour Party for more than fifteen years.” Just imagine: not since Helen Clark started squatting over the Labour Party’s tribal divisions like Marshal Tito once squatted over the traditional tribal conflicts in the Balkans.
And it’s taken a few years, but just as when Tito’s dictatorship collapsed (in his case with his death) the scab was well and truly ripped off every tribal and fratricidal conflict in the Balkans, so too with Clark’s departure the scab has been well and truly ripped off every tribal and fratricidal conflict within Labour.
Which, this time, is fun to watch.
PS: Has it ever struck you that David Cunliffe looks like a hairy gibbon?