David Farrar notes that there have been three posts in two days at
Lynn Prentice’s hate speech blog The Standard calling for David Shearer to be axed:
- Eddie â€“Â On David Shearerâ€™s LeadershipÂ -Â For the Left to win in 2014, David Shearer has to resign as Labour Leader.
- Irishbill â€“Â Itâ€™s time to goÂ -Â David Shearer needs to go if Labour is to stand a chance in 2014 and he needs to go as soon as possible.
- Queen of Thorns â€“Â Who could replace Shearer?Â -Â I agree with the other posters on The Standard who think Shearer needs to go as Labour leader.
He surmises that it is part of a calculated plan, and he is right. Though, I do note that Mike Smith has rushed forward with a 4th post that says “Don’t Panic, not just yet“. He isn’t saying Shearer shouldn’t be axed, just that now is not the right time.
Make no mistake though, the tumbril is rolling, and the coup plotters are moving. Just last week, while Grant Robertson was offshore, David Shearer received his first “delegation”….that suggested thing might go a bit nicer if he stepped aside.
You only doorstep a leader when you are sure of your numbers…you only are sure of your numbers when you are openly counting.
The only question remaining is when? I’m not sure Farrar is right about February…I think it may well be earlier than that.
It is all a great pity, because if anyone could have rescued Labour from the maw of their activist base or the perception that they have become the party workers party then it was David Shearer. No matter the UN is calling again no doubt.