Before Shearer became leader, I and a few others would catch up with him every 2 months for a lunch and a chat and he was getting a far greater range of opinions, but that has stopped since he became leader. The last time I talked to Shearer was at the iPredict after party where his leadership was anointed.
On reflection, I should never have left that party early with him sitting next to Pagani and Hooton.
By two independent eye witness accounts at Matthew Hooton’s place that day David Shearer left “that party” very shortly after Martyn did. Shearer appeared to be staggering sideways from opinionated wanker overload from the ear bashing he was receiving from surely the lowest rating long-term TV & Radio host in New Zealand history who exists primarily from NZ on Air funding, and others. Martyn is completely irrelevant because he has had more than a decade in mainstream media and cannot pull the ratings with either a youth or adult audience.
Shearer has not spoken to Martyn since. This does not surprise me at all since the best advice Martyn can come up with is this:
Thankfully Labour have already put out feelers at the beginning of this week to left strategists so my hope is that they start listening now.
The solutions are bleedingly obvious, stop wasting precious time in the provinces and start creating the momentum online that feeds the mainstream media.
I will blog more on this later.