Matthew Hooton has agreed with myself and decided that the leaks to Duncan Garner about how unpopular David Cunliffe is in caucus are really for the benefit of Grant Robertson. He enjoys a chat with Mike Williams on Nine to Noon, the highlights are:
- Matthew Hooton names Trevor Mallard as the Labour Senior insider leaking to Duncan Garner. “Iron” Mike Williams does not challenge this, even chuckles along and does the big “if I was” speech. To Williams’ credit he did have more control over a rampant shit-stirring Mallard than the dippy mumsy child psychologist Moira Coatsworth ever has.
- Hooton on Cunliffe – describes how his five weeks overseas was “one last family holiday” before he makes the move to challenge for Leader of Labour before November.
- Hooton describes Mallard’s work as a “beautifully strategic leak” if wanting to promote someone other than David Shearer or David Cunliffe then talks up Grant Robertson.
The Labour Party really does have more factions than a third world country fighting for its rice.