It has just been revealed that David Culiffe either has had a memory lapse that John Banks would be embarrassed by, or he has lied to the people of NZ.
Labour and David Cunliffe has been hammering National over various issues surround businessman Donghua Liu and now it appears that while slamming National’s connection to ‘money for access’ and Maurice Williamson’s resignation over contacting police about an assault claims against Mr. Liu, all the while Mr. Cunliffe had ‘forgotten’ that he had written a letter of support for Mr. Liu to Immigration NZ. You can see the letter here.
Even up until yesterday the memory failed Mr. Cunliffe
Asked yesterday if he was concerned Liu was granted permanent residency – against official advice – Cunliffe said: ”Look I am not familiar with the circumstances of that decision. and I don’t think it is appropriate for us to go back and try and re-visit every single immigration decision that has ever been made.
”As far I am aware it was before my time as minister and it was certainly years before there was any suggestion that he made any donations.”
He said there was ”no evidence” of a donation for Liu. ”It’s historical and it’s purely an allegation.”
Cunliffe couldn’t recall meeting, and when asked if he advocates for residency, responded: ”No, I did not.”
Asked if he was aware it was granted against the recommendation of officials he said: ”Not to my recollection.”
It will be interesting to see what comes of the press conference at 2.45pm, but at first glance you have to think this is the end for David Cunliffe. If not officially, then certainly in the polls and the eyes on NZ.
John Key must be laughing his arse off.
Should he step aside? Probably yes. Will he step aside? Probably no. What will the Labour Caucus do? Probably start in all seriousness to look to 2017.