You know it’s ugly whenÂ Stuff starts running a preferred leadership poll… and Cunliffe’s in front…well sort of in front…a guy called “Someone Else” is actually leading:
This heaps pain and suffering on in the wake of the rebellion shown by Su’a William Sio. I have had another think about that while driving around today and I think the media have missed something.
It seems that some of the commentators around the traps donât realise the significance in SioÂ turning on Shearer. You see this isnât all about Sio railing against the âgaggle of gaysâ this is alsoÂ about crushing the Leader that allowed the gaggle to get strong â inside caucus as well as on staff. ItÂ was Shearer that promoted Sio to number 10, just off the front bench. At the time of promoting Sio,Â Shearer said:
“Labour has a lot of work to do to refresh our connections with New Zealanders. I have builtÂ a team that brings forward new faces.â
Shearer had grand plans of using Sio as the token Pacifika face to look as though pacifika voicesÂ would be heard in the caucus. Perhaps Sio has now worked out Shearer doesnât listen to caucus, orÂ anyone else for that matter. He certainly struggles to communicate with anyone.
Sioâs issues are nothing to do with Wallâs bill but are completely to do with Shearerâs leadership andÂ his loss of faith in it. Why else would you make these sorts of destabilising comments when youÂ know that the Leader is making a major speech that same day?
Ill discipline is one thing but it is aÂ whole different problem when the MPs Shearer promoted turn on him â biting the hand that feeds.