A member of the Whale army has emailed me to say that she overhead a Labour staffer bragging that Nash was telling people on Monday that he would be in Wellington “for another few months”, despite the fact that I had already picked who his replacement was going to be. The next day though he was given the boot and told to clear his desk.
Gossips in Wellington are saying that Nash has the pip and is driving back to Hawke’s Bay this afternoon. Perhaps someone in the Gallery could get off their arse and check Nash’s (old) office?
This morning the Herald reported:
Labour leader David Shearer has appointed lawyer and NZ Aids Foundation chairman Alastair Cameron as his new chief of staff after the resignation of Stuart Nash.
I call time on David Shearer’s leadership of Labour.
As Brash found out with his ACT/Stu Wilson clusterfuck appointment, a chief of staff is the one person that must be unquestionably loyal. The COS should be person the Leader should never have to doubt. The leader relies on the COS to keep an ear to the ground and act in the leader’s interests even if that means the Leader is deliberately inoculated from matters he/she is best not even knowing about.
Heather Simpson, Richard Long, Wayne Eagleson would die in the ditch for their boss. The question is – who is Alastair Cameron’s boss?
The current leader of the Labour Party, or the next?