DimPost on Team Shearer

Danyl gets why Team Shearer is Labour’s only hope:

I’m coming around to the ‘Team Shearer’ side of the Labour leadership debate, as articulated by Lew here, partly because a couple of people I know who aren’t that interested in politics – but know that I am – have told me they really like David Shearer; given that he’s been invisible for two years and only emerged as a leadership contender two days ago that’s pretty remarkable. But also because one possible outcome is a ‘team of rivals’, in which Shearer leads the party, Cunliffe is Finance spokesperson (which he was born for) and Parker is deputy, managing policy development and strategy. In a Cunliffe-led party we get Nanaia Mahuta as deputy, for reasons that must make sense inside the hermetically sealed environment of the Labour caucus. Parker’s deputy would be Grant Robertson, who may or may not spend all his time consolidating his control over the party and plotting against his leader.

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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.