With Stuart Nash departing as Chief of Staff David Shearer is now left exposed to the underhand machinations of Trevor Mallard, the puppet master of Labour. It was telling that despite continued SMOGs and faux pas like his ticket scalping episode that he went completely un-challenged or even remotely disciplined. Even after falsely accusing and defaming people in parliament and then defaming a minister outside of it Labour continues to give Mallard a free reign. For some reason they think he is a strategic genius, forgetting his utterly inept performance as campaign strategist in the 2011 General Election.
You now have to question whether or not David Shearer can make it through as leader to Labour Weekend, which this year is October 22. Grant Robertson, with Mallard as his numbers man must be feeling pretty confident right now…Labour weekend for Shearer seems a long, long way away…can he make it?
James Elliot in the Herald on Sunday doesn’t seem to think so:
Which brings us back to the living or, rather, also the living dead in the form of Labour leader David Shearer.
To be honest, I felt obliged to toe tag him with the title Labour leader just to help identify him.
He seems to be the least visible figure on the national political scene.
So it was hardly a good idea for him to radically alter his appearance by shaving his head for charity. He needs to be reminded that charity begins at home but right now he looks homeless and everything else-less.
It’s as if he should be on a missing person’s list, reportedly last seen somewhere in Central Wellington with bank accounts and political capital untouched. Maybe he will be added to the drowning statistics, pulled under by one of the many undercurrents swirling around in the Labour caucus. Or maybe he could just be asleep at the wheel, in which case suddenly veering to the right will likely be fatal.
Whichever way it goes you do get the feeling that unless there’s some kind of second coming he could become just another public holiday statistic.
One wonders what odds the TAB would offer on him surviving to the aptly named Labour Weekend.