Richard Harman, the producer of The Nation doesn’t hold back in exposing the lack of leadership in Labour.
Make no mistake this â€śMan Banâ€ť furore has raised potentially fatal questions about David Shearerâ€™s leadership of the Labour Party.
Here at â€śThe Nationâ€ť last week we got a front row view of just how dysfunctional the Shearer leadership machine is.
First up, it is mind boggling that it was left to Cameron Slater and his â€śWhaleoilâ€ť blog to reveal that the party was proposing to allow women-onlyÂ candidate selections as part of a bid to evenly balance its gender representation by 2017.
This proposal is part of the partyâ€™s Organisational Review which began work last year.
Its proposals have already surfaced at a national conference; at local LECs and at regional conferences.
They then went to the partyâ€™s Policy Council.
Either Mr Shearer is so out of touch with what is happening inside his own party or alternatively — as one Labour source suggested to me over the weekend â€“ he simply wasnâ€™t listening. Â
But nor, apparently, were the rest of the caucus.
Or, and this is important, Mr Shearerâ€™s media advisors.
On Friday, the chief press secretary was on a day off.
That about sums it up.
Such is the lack of urgency in the Leader of the Oppositionâ€™s office that his staff work appear to work public service hours.
Plainly no one in that office Â — and this particularly Â means Mr Shearer — thought on Friday that the political crap had hit the fan.
Labour didn’t see this coming and still doesn’t fully understand the implications of what they have done.
Helen Clark would never have let this happen on her watch, she was far more astute and more importantly far more in control of her party than David Shearer will ever be.
I’m afraid he is terminal…this is the final straw and the resulting drop in the polls that is imminent will finish him off.