Keeping Stock has blogged about David Cunliffe's hour on NewstalkZB yesterday with Tim Fookes. It was an eye-opener for me, not a pleasant one. He is indeed a sneery, arrogant bully. And my post title reflects how he behaved towards the host at times, despite beginning most convivially.
But there was a bright moment (apart from when Cunliffe claimed John Key has more money than God!?).
A caller rang in to ask Cunliffe why he wouldn't appear on a sister station's Farming Show. He replied that he had been advised not to because it had been rude to his predecessor. But in what you could hear the cogs of his mind churning as a magnanimous gesture on his part, he told the listener that, in future, he would appear.
After Cunliffe left, Tim received a communication from the Farming Show team that he would not be invited on again any time soon. They had asked Shane Jones who had agreed to be their regular guest.
Outflanked again. Bad advice again.
Mr Cunliffe puts up an abrasive and aggressive front to control and to show he is in control. But there is a great deal of anger simmering which manifests in nastiness. And I don't think that anger is just the product of his opponents policies.