Fran O’Sullivan excoriates the ineptitude displayed by David Shearer going large on pillow-talk rumours of his spinster Fran Mold:
It is astonishing that the Labour leader is so lacking in political worldliness that he did not demand bullet-proof evidence be presented to him before making his allegations. Now he is left floundering as the Prime Minister challenges him to “put up or shut up”.
Yesterday’s revelation by NewstalkZB’s Barry Soper that the prime source of the leak was a former GCSB official who is in a relationship with the Labour leader’s spin-doctor Fran Mold also compounds Shearer’s predicament.
He won’t confirm or deny the Soper revelation saying he doesn’t “declare his sources”.
But with no sense of irony, Mold later released a press statement under Shearer’s name saying the “PM must confirm or deny Dotcom comment”. (Realpolitik dictates that John Key doesn’t have to do anything until Shearer produces the video, Fran.)
It Key wants to get heavy he could demand that the GCSB fully investigates the links between Mold, her partner, his former close colleagues at the external intelligence agency and Shearer to see if they have breached the law. It’s doubtful Key would want to prolong the Dotcom embarrassment given the other issues on his plate. But the State Services Commission did appoint an investigator to try to track down the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) leaks.
Senior Labour figures must be rolling their eyes at the way their leader’s crusade has blown up in his face.
Shearer is finished…the only interesting questions that remain concern whether or not Frn mold did it on purpose to aid her pal Grant Robertson and when they finally knife Shearer. It is obvious that the caucus has let Shearer charge on ahead while they all looked busy doing other things.
David Shearer has scored a glorious own goal – the caucus knives will be sharpening.
They have been sharpened for quite sometime, they have just been waiting for the right time to plunge the knife in.