Trotter calls for Shearer/Cunliffe ticket

December 9th, 2011 at 9:28 am by David Farrar

writes:

Now Mr Shearer was a serious contender, but his new front-runner status came at a price. Like David Lange before him, he was no longer his own man. Labour’s spent forces, the MPs epitomised by the politically exhausted figure of Trevor Mallard, were now wrapped around Mr Shearer like supplejack around a totara. And they were clinging to him for only one reason: survival. Their arch-enemy, Mr Cunliffe, had long ago read their use-by dates. That’s why the ABCs couldn’t allow him to win.

But, if Mr Cunliffe cannot defeat Mr Shearer, he can, at least, defeat Mr Shearer’s backers. A rejuvenated, restructured, or, to borrow Labour stalwart Jordan Carter’s term, “refounded” Labour Party cannot be created by a glove-puppet.

Glove-puppet is too harsh a term, but Trotter is right that there is concern that Shearer with his relative inexperience and less alpha male personality could become the front guy for basically the same old group of MPs who entered Parliament under the 4th Labour Government and should have no part in the 6th Labour Government.

If Mr Cunliffe cannot beat Mr Shearer, then he should, over the next 72 hours, think very seriously about joining him. It’s not too late for the best qualified candidate to contact the most popular candidate; set up a meeting; and make a deal. Mr Key and Mr English did it – why not Mr Shearer and Mr Cunliffe?

Together, they’ve more than enough strength to tear off and make a bonfire of all that parasitic caucus supplejack. Together, they could bend the arc of history towards a Labour victory. Together, a new power curve could hurl their fighters skywards heading for the National fleet.

Cunliffe has gone out of his way to say that Shearer would be on his front bench, but Shearer won’t make the same commitment (on the basis he won’t commit to anyone). However media reports have made it pretty clear that the intention is if he wins, that Parker is Finance Spokesperson and Robertson Deputy, hence demoting Cunliffe. I think this would be a mistake.

I’m not saying that if Shearer wins that Cunliffe should be his Deputy. But I am saying he should at a minimum keep him on as Finance Spokesperson and have him part of the inner team. They would be a good combination.

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7 Responses to “Trotter calls for Shearer/Cunliffe ticket”

  1. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    Have heard from an impecable source that Cunners has said that if he doesn’t win the leadership he is outta there.

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  2. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    I can’t see Cunliffe taking deputy, nor can I see them as being an effective team. They are both going for the same job, and everything Cunliffe has said publicly is that he wants the job badly. Would you take #2 spot in that situation. I’d sit back in a slightly lesser role and hope for the wheels to fall off Shearer. Or get out like Power did.

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  3. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    My science teacher told me oil (y) and( weak as) water don’t mix, clearly Mr Trotter enjoyed a much more advanced education.

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  4. david (2,557 comments) says:

    “Together, a new power curve could hurl their fighters skywards heading for the National fleet.”

    WTF is Trotter on?

    I want some.

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  5. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    LGF – he’d better not be outa there, I don’t see him having a mandate for an expensive byelection hissy fit.

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  6. Scott Chris (6,135 comments) says:

    Chris Trotter says:- “Together, a new power curve could hurl their fighters skywards heading for the National fleet.”

    Blimey! Love the jingoistic and grandiose rhetoric. Next he’ll be saying, “I had a dream……” or better still, waving his hands in the air and speaking in tongues.

    Sounds like he’d had a whiskey or two when he wrote that.

    edit: I see david @ 10.57 was similarly impressed/stricken by that line…

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  7. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    david 10:57 You need to know a bit about WW II history. The Japanese produced a version of their Zero fighter with a 500 pound bomb welded to the fuselage. It was intended for kamikaze [suicide] attacks on allied warships. They didn’t have fuel for a return journey. Nor did their pilots have any intention of making one. Labour have bought a whole bunch of them. The wharfies just trialed some against Maersk.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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