Don’t discount Shearer

David Farrar thinks that David Parkers’s stocks are on the rise after David Cunliffe shot off his feet on Friday afternoon with his disgusting personal slur against Judith Collins.

I disagree. I think Parker has the same problem as Cunliffe.

Let’s review. Until Matthew Hooton flew the kite that Parker was in the race….he wasn’t. He fell for the spin and quickly gathered a small group around him. None fo that group includes the women’s caucus and he has his own woman problems and baggage to deal with there. David parker will also have the prblem of being a three time loser after he gets spanked in Epsom.

David Cunliffe was the pretender, a legend in his own mind and could always count on two votes, his own and his reflection’s. He is pompous and arrogant and sexist. He showed all of that on Friday. His caucus also hates him because they blame him and his staff for leaving Phil Goff woefully under-prepared for John Key’s “Show Me the Money” onslaught. When you analyse it it can only be because of Cunliffe’s actions, or indeed in-action’s that have caused the problem.

Shane Jones is never going to carry the caucus, the union faction dislikes him as does the women’s caucus after his episode with the porn.

Basically those three contenders are in trouble. None are from the union side, none enjoy support of women any longer and some of those women cross over into the rainbow caucus.

That really leaves the leadership of Labour wide open…a race between David Shearer and Grant Robertson. Shearer is the pragmatist and Robertson the professional politician.

I suspect the pragmatist and the politician will join forces and unite the caucus to lock out Cunliffe and the other pretenders. Shearer is not to be underestimated or discounted. Right now if he wants Labour’s leadership it is his for the asking.

Labour are so highly factionalised that it is possible. They only appear unified for now because many are too scared to say or do anything because their careers hang in the balance by just a few percentage points. Scratch the surface of Labour and you find that unity is just an illusionary thin veneer.


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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.

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