The Blink Test, Ctd

In my con­tin­u­ing series about The Blink Test we look at the five poten­tial lead­ers for Labour after Phil Goff finally quits.

Today we check David Shearer against the Blink Test.

Photo: from The Listener

David Shearer is an impressive speaker, and is completely disconnected with the failed Clark administration. He can talk about new policies without being bashed for not coming up with them when he was in power, and because he is not a long term party hack he isn’t beholden to anyone in the party.

This means he can stand up and speak directly to Chris Trotter’s Waitakere Man. He can disassociate himself from the past.

Shearer is the Labour Party’s best kept secret. He has the common touch and he can appeal to those traditional Labour supporters that like John Key but don’t like his policies. He is the only one of the five contenders who can pass the blink test, and if National had have had half a brain they would have
recruited him to run for them.

Sources inside National say Shearer is the only potential leader National fear, because they can’t smash him using the same tactics they have hammered Goff with, or with the bland, lack of mongrel, porn or arrogant labels they can with his competitors. We will all know Labour are serious about winning in 2014 if they make a clean break from the past and choose Shearer as the next leader.

After all, he alone passes the blink test.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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