Is the coup on?

The Whales spies tell me that Plughead is running the numbers for someone. He is doing the hard yards in caucus, neglecting his electorate. My spies in the know, local body people, in Waimakariri,  wonder if he is planning a leadership challenge. This is of course complete rubbish. Plughead doesn’t have even his own vote in caucus for the leadership, but he is the type to run numbers.

I have heard from numerous sources now that a a coup is on, not immediately, but certainly before Christmas.

Labour do need to do something though. If you look at Australia and the impact of Abbot and his return of a muscular approach to opposition within a year of the election that has caused huge problems for a formerly popular incumbent. True that Rudd has made some appalling mistakes, but so has National.

Goff’s wussiness has not got traction, despite national making errors though those are often errors of omission, not selling policies properly and getting hammered when the public think policies are dumb because National haven’t done a proper long term sales job on them.

The way I see it and hear it there are a few contenders.

Shane “Five Chins” Jones is probably the prime mover, he has loads of brains cunning, but is ultimately lazy and never won anything including a pie eating competition where he comes a far third behind Parekura and Nanaia.

Clayton Cosgrove would like  to be leader but has constantly been comprehensively nailed by Crusher due to lack of talent, but has held a blue seat he has no right to, so can safely say he is electable. He is definitely running the numbers though.

“Cunners” Cunliffe, has acres of talent, but this is trumped by his biggest talent of all, pissing people off.

The big question is who will the sisterhood back and the rainbow crowd.

The joke is that Labour insiders tell me that both Maryan Street and Ruth Dyson consider themselves to be the Labour “Dream Team”. It would be John Key’s Wet Dream Team” for them to be selected to run Labour….into the ground.

These are all short term apparatchiks, I doubt Grant Roberston or Blackwater Shearer will show their hand at this time.

In the meantime Daffodil Mallard has been riding his pushbike in the rain of Taranaki.

UPDATE: An surprisingly well informed reader has pointed out to me that it appears Jones has forgotten about the “O’Regan File”.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.