Cameron gets the job

April 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Claire Trevett at NZ Herald reports:

Labour leader has appointed lawyer and NZ Aids Foundation chairman as his new chief of staff after the resignation of Stuart Nash.

Alastair Cameron is a long-term Labour activist, and generally regarded by Labour people as a good operator. He was on the NZ Council when he was a student, as the party’s youth vice-president around 2002.

Mr Shearer last week led the charge on the Crafar farms sale, but the previous strategy of keeping him away from subjects on which Labour had a negative line gave rise to speculation about the leadership after his deputy, Mr Robertson, was left to lead Labour’s reaction on major issues such as Nick Smith’s resignation as minister over troubles in ACC.

Mr Shearer said he did lead reaction on many issues but also recognised that his other MPs were “very able” and should be allowed to contribute.

The changes are a disruption Mr Shearer could do without as he tries to make an impact in the polls. Although it is not yet serious, he is already having to contend with speculation about his leadership and the ambition of his deputy. …

Mr Robertson has dismissed the speculation, but it has spread to others, including the left-wing blog the Standard.

Contributor Irish Bill observed that it was no secret Mr Robertson wanted the job and, although he hoped he was wrong, “it’s starting to feel like a leadership challenge is inevitable”.

Interesting that the Herald quotes an alias in a news story.

Mr Shearer said it was a long process to get Labour back to being “match fit” and there was an acceptance of that. He said he was not aware of tension within his office.

Really? If David is not aware of the tension within his office, he is the only person in Wellington who isn’t aware of it.

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15 Responses to “Cameron gets the job”

  1. Keeping Stock (10,405 comments) says:

    It seems that the takeover by the Gaggle and by the Self-servers is all but complete. And that does not bode well for David Shearer. It’s also interesting to see the increasingly prominent role that Francesca Mold has played in all this.

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  2. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    It seems incredible that Shearer would allow his office to be stacked with supporters of his ‘loyal’ deputy. Is the man that much of a naïf? Can he simply not recognize the inevitable positioning, erosion and threat to his leadership?

    What a star!

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  3. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Sad day when the NZ Herald reports on what the nutters on The Standard are saying, as though they are… anything!

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  4. Keeping Stock (10,405 comments) says:

    Except RRM, that on this occasion (and it’s the only occasion I’m prepared to concede this), the Standard guys are right on the money.

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  5. graham (2,346 comments) says:

    I’m starting to think of Shearer as New Zealand’s version of John Major, personality-wise. Mild-mannered, a bit grey, really comes across as a bit of a non-starter.

    Hard to see how he will perk up for a run at the PM role in two years.

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  6. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    I’m in favour of ordinary people people representing us. People who have had lives and careers before politics. That’s one thing that Shearer has in his favour in my opinion. By contrast, people like Robertson or Ardern who have no life outside of politics give me the shits. I’m not opposed to having them work as staffers… I think that is a ncessary evil to an extent. I just don’t want to be represented by them.

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  7. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    You would need eyes at the back of the head to lead that rabble. Knife in the back at any time. I guess they will never really be happy till they have installed a leader who is gay, into wealth redistribution,a politically correct far left loon. You would think they would have no trouble filling a leadership vacancy.

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  8. Viking2 (11,550 comments) says:

    Any body else getting feed up with queers trying to run everything. They just don’t think like us normal buggers at all. How can they?

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  9. Lindsay Addie (1,587 comments) says:

    Viking2:

    Do you feel better now that you’ve got your homophobia off your chest?

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  10. Doug (410 comments) says:

    Lindsay Addie:

    MP Damien O’Connor said the party is dominated by unionists and a “gaggle of gays”. Nothing has changed.

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  11. tvb (4,494 comments) says:

    This might be a case of keeping your supporters close but keeping your enemies even closer.

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  12. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    They just don’t think like us normal buggers at all.

    Hmm… Think about it a moment

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  13. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    This is great news for National.

    Some in Labour need to decide what they stand for. Middle class NZ and the rights of workers, or the multitude of fringe items they seem to get haughty about.

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  14. BeaB (2,142 comments) says:

    The scary thing about Shearer, as we saw on TV the other night, is that he is a very smooth, expert liar.

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  15. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    Gays do seem over represented in parliament and the public sector.

    I wonder if there’s an old boys net work in play.

    Dimes best friend is a gay chick. She lives in Aussie. Her gf, high up in the public sector. Earns dime money!

    Her two good friends who are married to each other – both high up in a govt dept and on huge money.

    There are just tons.

    Flip side – maybe we still discriminate a lot and that’s where the opportunities lay for some gay people. Dime is gay friendly, except for bull dykes. Can’t stand em. Wild never employ one. Too aggressive and fucked up.

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