The Invisible Man

I’m the invisible man I’m the invisible man
Incredible how you can see right through me
I’m the invisible man I’m the invisible man
It’s criminal how I can see right through you

David Shearer made a speech yesterday, not so you’d notice. It was feeble and defensive speech yesterday – Shearer’s supporters don’t appear to be buying it…

Malcolm Harbrow at No Right Turn isn;t impressed in his post Labour’s “do nothing” Leader:

A change in tone is one thing (possibly not the wisest course against this National government, but that’s an argument for another day); abdication is another. But hey, if Shearer doesn’t actually want to lead the left in NZ, there’s another party eager to take his job. And if he keeps on staying silent, he’ll have no-one to blame but himself.

The lap-blogs at The Standard aren;t playing nicely either:

Google news has 1.5 pages of articles mentioning David Shearer to John Key’s 13 in the past week. The only ones directly about Shearer or Labour are saying ‘where’s Shearer? He’s wasting his honeymoon’.

Since that honeymoon is with the press, when they start saying it’s being wasted, it’s already over.

And even the Dimpost is getting into the spirit of things:

So Shearer doesn’t have to ‘play gotcha’, but he does have to do something, because while he’s doing well compared to Goff, he’s in a really terrible position historically.

I watched the news last night, and the Labour MP fronting on the two main political stories of the day was Phil Goff. That’s because they were both foreign affairs based stories and he’s their spokesman on that issue  – but Shearer isn’t chopped liver when it comes to foreign affairs, and he did make a big deal about how he was going to change the Labour Party. He could start by getting Goff – who just led them to an historic defeat – off the damn TV and getting himself on it. And, like I always said during Goff’s tenure, he should carry on by firing all his staffers who didn’t point this out to him.

If your friends aren’t best pleased then things aren’t going well. With T2 stacking the leader’s office with his own people Shearer is going to need to develop a pair of eyes int eh back of his head.


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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.

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

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