Herald on Shearer

November 13th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

I’ll let the article speak for itself:

Yesterday the three MPs regarded as having leadership goals – Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little – all ruled out any immediate challenge and rejected suggestions they were involved in any attempt to undermine Mr Shearer.

Not exactly Shermanesque denials.

 

Video from interest.co.nz of outside Caucus this morning. A good performance by Shearer.

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10 Responses to “Herald on Shearer”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    he has the look of a man slowly bleeding out caused by all the knives.

    The sad part is they are not even in the back, his collegues are walking up and shafting him face to face

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  2. Pete George (23,562 comments) says:

    It’s not the sort of performance that will make much difference. Supporters and ex-supporters are getting and crankier and crankier at getting dissed and ignored.

    A comment on a Dominion article this morning:

    “MP’s were not paying attention to the ‘whispering’ that was going on he said. Thats basically people who are sitting in front of their computers giving their opinions and it’s continuing to drive discussion of it up”.

    Ok. So have they considered that these people are voters that they have lost due to the vacuum that seems to exist within the party and the decision to put Shearer in the leadership position? I don’t think these discussions can be dismissed as “whisperings”. They sound more like a collective howl of desparation from Labour voters and would be Labour supporters.

    Its offensive that the party isn’t listening to the very people that would normally vote for them. Its also arrogant that they believe they can continue onwards with a leader who has no political experience and is out of touch.

    It’s not personal, we just need a leader and party who can oust the disaster that is the National Government, (if they don’t self destruct prior to 2014, although we can only live in hope) I won’t be party voting Labour in the next election if Shearer is still there.

    Thats after 8 elections of voting Labour (and giving them the party vote after the introduction of MMP) From now its going to be two ticks Greens for me.

    http://yournz.org/2012/11/13/labours-whispering-wolves-are-howling/

    That’s typical of many comments I’ve been seeing for months. More and more are being alienated – and a lot of them are troops on the ground who do a lot of the hard work during election campaigns. They’ve had a gutsful of watching a train wreck while the engine driver carries on, ignoring them.

    And a new Standard post is calling it Nonsense, which has set the ball rolling again.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/nonsense

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  3. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    TICK TOCK TICK TOCK .. the longer they take the harder it will be to spin

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  4. Bob R (1,375 comments) says:

    As Whale Oil pointed out, why should he go? If you look at the numbers he is likely to win – especially with current unemployment stats.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4833/

    The recent columns pushing for him to go seem to be from Cunliffe supporters (eg Misa and Edwards).

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  5. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    They played the 3 year waiting game with Goff. Look at the result.

    They won’t be prepared to wait as long again.

    If this goes on until February, the new rules will all but guarantee an Andrew Little Leadership. Robertson could remain deputy as a compromise with the rainbow faction. Mind you Parker could also get the deputy spot as being less of an ongoing threat.

    Sure the agitation is all from the Cunliffe camp. The likely rule change really does force their hand now.

    I am still chuckling at the line from Edwards about risking the collapse of the Labour Party unless Cunliffe is endorsed now under the existing rules. Overly transparent even from a melodramatic old spinmeister like him. Perhaps he’s lost the edge.

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  6. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    First they came for a decent bloke like Shearer…..I wasn’t a decent bloke, so I did nothing……then they came for…….

    This bodes fucken badly for the rest of NZ!

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  7. BillODrees (94 comments) says:

    Andrew Little will not be leader soon for the same reason Shearer is not performing: lack of parliamemrary and portfolio experience. The Labour Party cannot repeat the same error! Give Little time and experience and then assess him for the leadership role.

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  8. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    BillODrees,

    It is not about his perceived experience, it is about the power of the unions under the revised leadership selection rules. You can rest assured that the unions will also be advocating that their members also sign up as full members of the party – two bites at the cherry, so to speak.

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  9. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    They are too gutless to take the action needed even though the sooner the better for their election chances. And they are sorely lacking in potential leaders, thanks to Helen Clark suppressing talent for nine years.

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  10. Tautaioleua (305 comments) says:

    He lacks the charisma to lead a Labour government. His days are numbered.

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