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Political Report: Cunliffe asks staff where their loyalties lie

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| Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:00 AM

Political Report: Cunliffe asks staff where their loyalties lie

Martin Luther Cunliffe's dream job's becoming a nightmare for Labour Party apparatchiks.

Cunliffe's become something of a gunslinger, firing staff who are thought to have supported either Rainbow Robertson or Shame Jones in the leadership race.

The new Labour Party head honcho certainly isn't practising what he's been preaching. In the race for the Party's top job he made much play of what he said were the Government's draconian labour laws.

Martin Luther preached about how he was going to take them apart if he becomes the Prime Minister next year, like extending to all workers Part 6a of the Employment Relations Act that at the moment applies only to vulnerable workers, like cleaners. Employers are forced to keep them on after winning a contract from a competitor.

Well you could argue that the 25 Labour apparatchiks employed under a Shearer contract should be able to continue under Cunliffe, if he does indeed practice what he preaches.

But rather than keeping them on he's accusing some of them of supporting his leadership opponents and they're fired. And for the rest he's asking them where their loyalty was in the run up to the leadership vote.

Now that's in breach of employment law where workers are entitled to privacy. So this lawmaker could now find himself on the wrong side of the law

if one of the Labour workers takes a case against him.

And while we're talking hypocrisy, what's with the outburst from Luigi Peters over the PM's sucking up to The Queen at Balmoral? Luigi says State Homie John Key should instead be in China restoring our damaged relations there rather than hanging out for a photo op with the Royals.

Surely this isn't the same man who as Foreign Minister under the Dead Girl Helen regime opposed our free trade deal with the commos.

It seems that Luigi, like Martin Luther Cunliffe, likes their cakes and eats them as well!

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