The main thrust of approaches to backbenchers is Bill is needed for stability…the classic Mummy is still here line.
They are talking about the possibility of others leaving if Bill doesn’t win, leading to the bizarre situation where senior ministers are thinking of throwing their toys if their mate Bill English doesn’t stay to protect them in their jobs. Classic old guard protecting themselves without thinking about the future of the party they belong to.
So it is somewhat interesting that it was Murray McCully who leaked that David Shearer may be gone, before his job is even confirmed.
David Shearer’s set to quit Mt Albert, to take up a job with the United Nations, leading its mission in South Sudan.
A recommendation for the Labour MP’s appointment has been put before the United Nations Security Council by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
That’s set to be approved this week.
All Security Council members have two days to object but Mr Shearer’s previous experience means he’s likely to get the tick.
Mr Shearer will work alongside the commander of 18,000 peace-keepers, with a budget of about $1 billion. Read more »