As speculation swirls about the ‘unfortunate experiment’ with David Shearer as Labour Leader I did a quick search through my archives to compare Leadership rumbling during the Goff years with what’s happening now.
There are distinct similarities:
Start a whispering campaign on the blogs – check.
Blame poor poll ratings on the fact that people aren’t paying attention – check.
Promise to reconnect with voters by getting out more – check.
Assure the media there are no factions in the party – check.
Blame your political opponents for the leadership speculation – check.
Arrange a stage managed show of support – expect that on Tuesday.
Here’s a video retrospective of Goff’s leadership woes:
Interestingly – you’ll note at the end of this montage there’s a prediction from an anonymous MP that Grant Robertson is positioning himself to come to the rescue if Shearer fails.
That MPs forecast is now looking very accurate.