News is everywhere that David Shearer has officially selected Alistair Cameron as his new Chief of Staff. Or has he?
From where I sit it looks very much as though Grant Robertson has selected HIS new Chief of Staff.
Let’s have a look at a few aspects of Alistair and you decide if he is ‘somewhat’ aligned to Robertson:
- Worked with Robertson in Beehive days
- Was the architect of Teletubby Hobbs’ train wreck (Oooh, can’t wait for that with Shearer)
- Is an active member of the rainbow faction
- Is great personal friends with Robertson and his partner, Alf.
Oh yes, he sounds like a Chief of Staff who will have the best interests of Labour’s Leader at heart. Or should that be the Deputy Leader?
Let’s then look at his suitability for the role.
- Grant’s mate
- a lawyer specialising in ETS and climate change
- Questionable political management skills as was part of Hobbs trainwreck
- Close friend of Robertson so will undermine Shearer’s leadership
- No mongrel
- Chair of AIDS Foundation
- Never worked in Opposition
It should be noted that in recent political history that a change of Chief of Staff has always preceded a coup.
Bill English had Sue Foley and then briefly Glenda Hughes before Richard Long came in. Shortly there after Don Brash knifed Bill English.
Richard Long remained as Chief of Staff until Wayne Eagleson replaced him and then John Key knifed Don Brash.
So there is certainly a political precedent for a change of Chief of Staff leading shortly thereafter to a coup. The interesting part therefore is upon, that is the the coup…which is certainly shaping up to be a 3 way battle between Shearer, Robertson and Cunliffe.
Time to invest in popcorn futures.