Battle-lines are being drawn in the Labour leadership stoush as the team backing former finance spokesman David Cunliffe signals sweeping changes from the top down, including a cleanout of the party’s old guard.
…But Camp Cunliffe were back on an even keel yesterday and are understood to have spent the day crafting a direct pitch to grassroots members about a radical plan for change after Labour’s election thumping.
That will pit them against the party’s old guard, whom they will paint as no longer representing the new generation of activists.
One Camp Cunliffe insider said the Shearer bid was an attempt to “put a new face on an old machine” and the leadership contest represented a generational battle within Labour.
We now know that if the caucus votes for David Shearer it will be because then old crusties are supporting him so they can retain their sinecure positions in safe seats.
It looks like only Cunliffe is prepared to chop out the dead wood.